Financial Aid at Aquinas College

Outside Scholarships


The Polish Heritage Society will award scholarships to (2) two students this year. There will be a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500. Applicants must be a full-time student, with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Character, academic excellence, financial need, community involvement, dedication, commitment to goals, proof of Polish heritage, and the recommendation letter will be considered. In addition, applicants must write an essay of 100 words or less stating your goals in life, how higher education enters into these goals, and why you feel that you are deserving of the Polish Heritage Scholarship. For additional information and to pick up an application, please come to the Financial Aid Office, 34 Hruby Hall (lower level).  Deadline is March 15, 2019.


The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) has launched its scholarship competition for the 2019-20 school year. This year, we will be awarding 21 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. The awards are not based on financial need. High school seniors, college freshman, sophomores and juniors may apply. To be eligible, the student or his/her parent must be employed at a business that is a member of Michigan Retailers Association. To find out if a particular business is a MRA member, students or parents should check with their employer or call MRA's Rachel Schrauben at 800-366-3699. To learn more about this scholarship opportunity and to apply online, please go to:
Applications must be requested by March 15 and submitted by April 1, 2019.


The Disability Scholarship Program for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available for students to apply. Mary Free Bed is one of the first to offer a scholarship with the goal of recognizing and rewarding individuals with disabilities that are seeking to better themselves by pursuing a college degree, and to further help them overcome any obstacles that pursuing higher education may create. Applicants must possess a diagnosed physical disability related to a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, limb difference, or overcoming any other serious acquired or congenital neurological condition treatable through rehabilitation. You may request an application online at: Or you may pick up an application in the Financial Aid Office, Hruby Hall, Room 34 - Lower Level.
Deadline is April 1, 2019.


The Miriam B. Schaefer Scholarship of $3,000 is available to students who will be enrolled as a junior or senior in Fall of 2019.  Students must also be enrolled in a teacher preparation program and have mathematics as their primary teaching interest, along with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applications are available in the Financial Aid office (Hruby Hall, Lower Level - Room 34) or online at: is May 10, 2019.


To celebrate our 10th year, we are offering a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to a college student from West Michigan. This scholarship honors a son, brother, friend, and mentor and community activist who passed away as he was entering an exciting time in his life, at age 22.  Eric Verhaar touched many lives and his family wants to continue his legacy by providing assistance to deserving West Michigan students.  Applicants must be attending a Community College, 4 year College or University, or Trade School within Michigan.  Applicants must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and will be judged on community service, leadership/extracurricular activities, short answer essays & an essay.  For specific instructions and the application, please click hereDeadline is May 15, 2019.


The Fremont Area Community Foundation has scholarships available for Adult students who reside in Newaygo County, MI or are residents of a Newaygo County-based school district. For purposes of scholarship awards, the Community Foundation defines adult students as individuals who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their postsecondary education. Adult student scholarship applications are accepted year-round, and scholarships are awarded while funds remain available. For the online application, please go to: For any questions you may have, please contact Robin Cowles at 231.924.5350 or email her at Applications will be approved or denied by the last day of the month following submission. 


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