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Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking

College Planning and Funding

The Ombudsman is an unbiased resource for helping families plan for post-secondary education including savings plans/strategies, identifying grant and scholarship resources, completing the Federal Student Aid process, understanding post-secondary admissions and financial aid packages sent to families by prospective colleges, universities and trade schools.

Scholarships and Grants 

ANNA Educational Scholarships
Closing Date: October 15
Amount: $1,000 - $4,0000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Scholarship for nursing students who are full members of ANNA can apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 awards.

Dechtman Wealth Management National Scholarship Essay Contest
Closing Date: October 15
Amount: $3,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: All undergraduate students currently enrolled in a two or four-year college or university can apply for a $7,000 scholarship through the Dechtman Wealth essay contest.

ExtremeTerrain
Closing Date: October 15
Amount: $2,500
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Current college or university students and high school seniors pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies, Ecology, Land Use, Earth & Atmosphere Science, Sustainable Land Management, Environmental Biology, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems can apply for one of two $2,500 scholarships.

NSCA Foundation
Closing Date: October 15
Amount: $4,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Full-time students attending two and four-year colleges or universities or in graduate programs who are members of the NSCA are eligible to apply for several scholarships in the amount of $4,000.

Scholarships 4 Moms
Closing Date: October 15
Amount: Up to $10,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Current and incoming college or university students who are mothers or expectant mothers can enter to win up to $10,000 in scholarships.

United States Senate Youth Program
Closing Date: October 29
Amount: $10,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Juniors and seniors who currently hold a student leadership position and possess a strong interest in government, public service, and history are encouraged to apply for the USSYP. This program includes an opportunity to experience national government in action as well as be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship.

U.S. Bank Student Scholarship
Closing Date: October 30
Amount: $5,000 or $10,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Current and incoming college or university students can register and complete financial education lessons to be eligible for a chance to win either a $5,000 or $10,000 scholarship.

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
Closing Date: October 31
Amount: Up to $2,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Current high school and college students can apply for a $2,000 scholarship towards their college education.

Veterans of Foreign Wars' Voice of Democracy Program
Closing Date: October 31
Amount: $30,000
GPA Requirement: N/A
Description: Students in grades 9 – 12 are eligible to submit an essay to receive a scholarship of up to $30,000.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Closing Date: October 31
Amount: $20,000
GPA Requirement: 3.0
Description: Graduating high school students with a minimum of 3.0 unweighted GPA can apply for one of 150 achievement-based $20,000 scholarships.