Financial Aid Basics
Financial Aid can be an overwhelming topic! I encourage families to take time to read about different kinds of financial aid. The more information you have, the smarter you will be as a consumer! Many students take out large private loan amounts that cripple them financially after they graduate from college.
The Scholarship Foundaion and UMSL have great websites where they provide detailed information on financial aid types. I encourage you to read through the following link, and others like it so you can set yourself up for the best future possible!
A+ Scholarship Information
The Missouri A+ scholarship is a scholarship funded by the Missouri state department that essentially pays for 2 years of tuition at a Missouri community college, allowing students who qualify to earn an Associates Degree with little out of pocket cost.*Students MUST have a signed contract on file to be eligible to participate. This should be completed freshman year or upon enrollment into the high school. Please print the brochure below, sign, and return to the school.Click here to view the Valley Park brochure on this program: VPHS A+ brochureClick here to view a list of colleges that offer A+ scholarships: A+ Colleges listPlease visit this link to learn more about this state scholarship: http://dhe.mo.gov/ppc/grants/aplusscholarship.phpPer the requirements of the State of Missouri, all men must register with the Selective Service at age 18 in order to receive the A+ scholarship. This process takes just a minute or two and can be completed by visiting: sss.gov
Students planning to apply for financial aid for the college school year of 2019-20 can fill out the FAFSA form in October of their senior year. You must fill out the FAFSA every year if you are a student who plans to:
Go here to start your FAFSA application: https://fafsa.ed.govThere are multiple events held in our area to aid families with questions about this process. Attending a FAFSA Frenzy event would benefit most families. Below is a link to find an event near you!
- Use the A+ scholarship
- Attend a University or College
- Attend a 2 year Technical School
- Quality for automatic scholarships at a college/university
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis has multiple resources for families. Visit their website at: www.sfstl.org
St. Louis Graduates offers support to families who want to prepare for college. Visit their website at: www.stlouisgraduates.orgAll juniors and seniors should have an account through a scholarship search engine. Below are a few to choose from. Accounts should be checked multiple times each week.Peer Lift is another great resource for finding college information.Big Future is also a great website to help you map out your future and make comparisons!Many colleges partner with https://www.raise.me/ in order to help students piece together financial aid awards.
Individual Scholarship Awards
Paper copies of these and other applications are available on the Scholarships Bulletin Board. Feel free to stop by the Counseling office anytime with questions!
The Valley Park Education Foundation offers scholarships to VPHS graduating seniors each year. Applications are due March 1st to the counseling office. Click here for a PDF or here for an editable Word doc.
MOACAC is offering $1000 scholarship to Missouri senior with at least a 2.5 GPA planning to attend a MOACAC college. Click here for more information: MOACAC scholarship flyer
MOASPA-STL is offering a $1000 scholarship, application is due February 29, 2020. Click her for more information: MOASPA-STL flyer
Rotary Club of West St. Louis County is offering a scholarship of $1500 to a Valley Park senior. Click here to fill out the application and return to the counselor. Due March 2, 2020.
Veterans Offer College Scholarship to Jewish High School Students Jewish War Vets Scholarship AppDozens of scholarship and interest-free loan program applications on Scholarship Central
The BJC Scholars Fund is a renewable $10,000 scholarship for 14 students annually from communities served by BJC HealthCare, including four students who are residents of St. Louis County. Interested students must be current high school seniors who plan to attend a public 2- or 4- year college in Missouri or be receiving in-state tuition reciprocity at a public university in another state. Students must have financial need, demonstrate academic potential (2.0 cumulative GPA or higher), and exhibit strong character through honesty, integrity, and sound judgment. We are now accepting applications for this funding opportunity. Students can apply online at St. Louis Graduates Scholarship Central: http://bit.ly/STLGrad. BJC Scholars
Interested in Early Childhood? Check here: EC scholarships
Interested in Nursing?
Here's a database of nursing scholarships: http://www.rntobsn.org/financial-assistance/
The Daughters of the American Revolution have national scholarship contests that may apply to you! Check out this link to see: http://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarshipsThe Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution offer many scholarships that may apply to you! Look here to see: MO DAR ScholarshipsMajoring in a mental health related field?Check out this scholarship from MENSA: Mensa Health Minds ScholarshipThe Patriot Guard Riders of Missouri Scholarship
An application form is attached.
Questions can be directed to Robert L. Meeks, Secretary/Treasurer, Missouri Patriot Guard Riders at:Download application here: 19-20 Patriot Riders Scholarship
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation-CBCF
Each year, the CBCF invites qualified African-American High School sophomore and junior students from the districts of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Members to participate in the Essay Contest and Issue Forum. Visit their website at www.cbcfinc.org/essaycontest for more information.
Missouri Society of CPAs (MOCPA)
All high school accounting, business, and math students are encouraged to apply for the scholarship sponsored by MOCPA. Click here: MOCPA scholarship
Dr. Darrell "Jack" Holley/MUSIC Scholarship
Open to all to apply, is a competitive scholarship requiring this application: 2020 Holley Scholarship to be completed and given to the counselor by February 14th.
Life Reimagined Ventures
Each year, we award $750 in scholarships to high-achieving, high school students who have been affected in some way by the increasing prevalence of mental health challenges. You can find more information about our scholarship award here: https://calvinrosser.com/scholarships/mental-health-awareness
Amco Ranger Scholarship
This local company is sponsoring a $1000 scholarship! Check here for more info: https://amcoranger.com/amco-ranger-scholarship/
Missouri Courage Scholarship
Looking for seniors who stand up for what they believe, fight for social justice, and care about LGBTQ issues. Missouri Courage Scholarship, The application is open until March 1, 2020