About Private Scholarships
Students at Southwestern Michigan College can receive scholarships from outside sources such as high schools, community organizations, employers, and other scholarship programs.
SMC’s Financial Aid Office regularly receives notification of outside scholarship opportunities. These scholarships have their own application process, requirements, and deadlines. Links to these private scholarships are added to the list below on a regular basis, and it is recommended that students watch this area of our website for updates.
The Department of Education offers an educational resource about outside scholarships, which can be found here. For additional resources, feel free to check out fastweb.com and chegg.com.
A Note About Outside Scholarships
In order for a student to have an outside scholarship awarded on their account, the organization must send a check to SMC. A student can also be tentatively awarded an outside scholarship if we receive a letter from the organization specifying the recipient of the scholarship without a check included. The SMC Financial Aid Office will send a reminder to the student if we have not received a check two weeks prior to disbursement. Any outside scholarship checks still not received by the disbursement date will be removed from the student’s account until a check is received by SMC.
|Scholarship Name||Target Group|
|AMVETS Department of Michigan Nurses and Allied Health Programs Scholarship||
Students who are veterans and majoring in nursing or allied health
Contact: AMVETS Department of MI, 24715 John R, Hazel Park, MI 48030
|Berrien Community Foundation Scholarships||Students in Berrien County. A limited number of scholarships are also available for students outside Berrien County.|
|Future Farmers of America scholarships||Students with a long-term career interest in agriculture|
|Jack Kent Cook Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship||Sophomores who will transfer to a 4-year college for the upcoming fall semester (must be nominated by SMC)|
|Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship||Low-income women who are at least 35 years old|
|K&M Machine-Fabricating Inc.||Open to sons & daughters of K&M full-time employees; GPA of 2.25 or better; must meet other requirements. Contact K&M’s Human Resources Dept.|
|Lakeview Foundation||Must be a graduate from an eastern Van Buren County high school or live in eastern Van Buren County; maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better; have a financial need; and must be accepted as a nursing or healthcare student to a college or university.|
|Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc.||Students whose parent is a current or former Marine|
|Mary Free Bed Guild of Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship||Minority students majoring in nursing|
|Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Student Leadership Award||Students majoring in elementary education or child development|
|Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship||Students currently enrolled in a nursing program|
|Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship||Dependent sons or daughters of employees of MRA member firms or part time employees who work at MRA member businesses|
|Michigan State DAR Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Scholarship||Students who are Michigan veterans|
|NALS of Michigan Scholarship Award||Students pursuing a career in the legal field|
|Ronald M. Smith Carpenter Apprenticeship Scholarship||Scholarship for construction trades students; provides support to pay for expenses other than tuition, such as books, tools, certification fees, etc.; preference is given to residents of Calhoun County, though other Michigan residents are welcome to apply.|
|The SallieMae Fund Scholarships||Scholarships are available for many types of students in various majors|
|The Scholarship Foundation of St. Joseph County, Inc.||Scholarship Foundation grants are open to St. Joseph County students planning to attend any accredited college or university on a full-time basis. See website for complete list of eligibility requirements.|