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2014-2015  (1/26/15)

Financing a college education is one of a family’s biggest challenges.  Seniors should certainly take advantage of every opportunity to secure funding. Ultimately, the largest source of financial aid is the federal government through the various grants, loans, work-study, and tax credits.  Access to these sources is through the FAFSA which every parent should submit.  Check out for more detailed information.

Here are a couple of tips that might be helpful when searching for scholarships.

Access national data bases.   One of the most popular sites is

There are many others, but all of them work about the same way.   Students submit a profile and the computer matches their profile with scholarships that are compatible.  Students then have the opportunity to secure applications from those sources and enter the competition. Many of these are state and national scholarships that are extremely competitive; however, a student has no chance if they don’t try.

Check scholarship opportunities from parent’s employers, social organizations, churches, and so on.  Some of these groups establish scholarships for children whose parents work for or have some affiliation with the scholarship provider.

Most colleges offer their own scholarships to students based on a variety of criteria.  Check with the colleges and make sure applications are submitted on time! Contact your College Admissions Counselor for more information.

Check out scholarships that are announced in the media.

Watch out for Scams!!  Do Not Pay Anyone to Conduct a Scholarship Search. 

Finally, check with the high school Guidance Office for scholarship opportunities.  The next pages discuss the scholarships that are currently available to Wayne Trace students.  As scholarships become available, additional lists will be made available to students.  All scholarship forms will be on the Guidance webpage of the high school website.  Students are able to view and print the forms at school.  A hard copy will NOT be handed out to students.  The descriptions and deadlines will continue to be handed out to students.

There will never be enough scholarship monies to meet the need of every student.  There are many saving programs such as 529 Plans that are beneficial to those families who are able to start saving early.  Many students can save money by attending a community college for a year or so and then transfer to a main campus. 


Scholarship Applications Minimize


 Deadline: (Click on the red link for the application)
 2/1/2015 Honda Excellence in Manufacturing   Pursue certificate or degree program in manufacturing engineering/manufacturing technology or a closely related program, 2.5 gpa; two reference letters from science, technology or math instructor. This scholarship can be found at Other manufacturing scholarships can be found here also. 
2/1/2015 Ohio Elks  These grants are awarded to applications desiring to attend a career or technology institution. Bachelor Degree programs will not qualify for this award.
2/6/2015 Paulding-Putnam Electric Coop  – – scholarships for children of Paulding-Putnam customers. 3.5 gpa
2/6/2015 Touchstone Energy  Children of Paulding-Putnam, 2.75 gpa, Character, Special Achievements (see rules for specific details)
2/13/2015 BGSU Biology  $500 scholarship for Biology majors.
2/13/2015 Paulding County Hospital Foundation  Planning to pursue a degree in healthcare (nursing, medical school, laboratory technician, radiology…), 3.0 gpa – Applications available in the guidance office. Due February 13, 2015. Must be available for interviews on Feb. 23 and the Foundation’s annual dinner on April 6.
2/27/2015 Buick Achievers  For those planning to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business, with an interest in the automotive industry.
 2/27/2015 Farm Credit Mid-America Scholarships to customers, their childre, spouses, or grandchildren.  $1,500 and $1,000 will be awarded based on academic record, leadership qualities and community involvement. (click Community, then click scholarships)
 3/1/2015 Zonta International Available for girls going into college.  Requirements include:  active commitment to volunteerism, experience in local or student government, volunteer leadership activities, knowledge of Zonta and advocating for its mission.
 3/6/2015 Owens Community College Owens Community College Trustees' Academic Excellence Scholarship Program.  3.0 gpa and interest in attending Owens.
 3/10/2015 James Kura Memorial Must be planning to attend a 4 year accredited college.  Will award three $1,000. scholarships.
3/13/2015 GenFed Financial  GenFed Credit Union is offering a $500 scholarship to a Wayne Trace graduating senior.
3/15/2015 Ohio Association of Garden Club  Students who plan to work in the horticulture area. then go to contest forms than OAGC Foundation- select scholarship forms and application.
3/15/2015 West Central Ohio Safety  3.0 gpa; must have interest in pursuing a career in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Science, Risk Management, Health and Wellness, or a related field.
 3/15/2015 Ivy Tech Chancellor' Scholarship and Choice Scholarships.
 3/16/2015 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Male African-American or Latino students are eligible with a 2.75 gpa.
 3/31/2015 Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Career goal in the crude oil and natural gas industry, or related field. 2.5 gpa
 3/31/2015 Lima Memorial Hospital  3.0 gpa; Awarded to students entering a health-related career program.
 3/27/2015 Taylor Tumblin Foundation Eligible for those pursuing degree in Nursing or Intervention Specialists (Special Education).  $1,000  3.0 gpa
 4/1/2015 Northwest State Community College Presidential and Honors scholarships
 4/6/2015 William D. Squires Foundation Eligibility based primarily on financial need.  3.2 gpa
 4/9/2015 Tammy Gibson Memorial  A $1,000 scholarship to a Wayne Trace Senior. 2.5 gpa or better
 4/9/2015 Hey Buddy Scholarship  In memory of Robbie Seffernick.  Any field of study $1,000
 4/9/2015 Robbie Seffernick Scholarship  In memory of Robbie Seffernick.  Planning to pursue an associate's degree or nusrsing degree.  $1,000
 4/9/2015 Paulding County Area Foundation Two (2) $1,000 for Wayne Trace seniors.  Preferably majoring in an Agriculture related area and plans to return to NW Ohio - neither are a requirement.
 4/17/2015 Wayne Trace Education Scholarship Sponsored by the Wayne Trace Education Association.  Must have a 3.0.  At least one scholarship will go to a student planning to major in education.
 4/24/2015 Paulding County Retired Teachers Association  Seniors planning to enter into the field of education.
 4/24/2015 Nathan Plummer Scholarship  Scholarship presented by the Plummer family in memory of Nathan.
 4/24/2015  Amy Welch Scholarship  $365. for a college bound graduate in honor of Amy Welch. 
 4/27/2015 JP Crain Family Scholarship 3.0 gpa.  Consideration will be given to each applicant's financial need, scholarship and character.
 5/1/2015 Paulding Chamber of Commerce 3.0 gpa. Those who have demonstrated:  a strong work ethic, commitment to community involvement and pursuit of continued growth.
5/1/2015 Paulding County Farm Bureau  Two (2) - $500 scholarships – Must be (or parent must be) paid member of the Paulding County Farm Bureau, 2.5 gpa, plan to enroll in agriculture-related program at a university, college or technical school.
 5/1/2015 Lonny Stoller Memorial Scholarship
 Leadership and values.  3.0 gpa
 5/1/2014 Jacob's Scholarship Trust
 Based heavily on financial need.
 5/8/2015 Deb Haney Memorial Scholarship
 A Scholarship for a college bound graduate in honor of Deb Haney.  Preference to a student majoring in Early Childhood Education
 6/8/2015 Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Balanced Man Scholarship  Male students enrolled at The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, BGSU, University of Toledo, or Miami University.

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