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December 6th  Laguna College of Art and Design

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December 8th New Mexico State University

December 9th  Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

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2017 Graduation Ceremonies

Volcano Vista's graduation will be on Thursday, May 18th, 2017 @ 2:30pm. The comprehensive high school graduations will be held at Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico This is an external link.(mapThis is an external link.), as they have been for the ...more

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The Volcano Vista High School Counseling Department's mission is to help all students to reach their utmost potential in academics, personal/social, and career development through a comprehensive counseling program. 

Today: 6/27/17

2016-17 Scholarship Bulletin

Where do I find scholarships?

  • Try any of these scholarship search engines:

www.fastweb.com                                          https://www.unigo.com/

www.scholarships.com                                   www.collegeboard.com

www.collegeprowler.com                               www.finaid.org

www.cappex.com                                           www.highfivescholarships.com                                                                     


What do I need to know about scholarships?


1. They’re worth the effort!  Applying for scholarships can be time-consuming, especially during your busy senior year, but there is a LOT of money available to students who make the effort to search and apply for scholarships.  Set aside time weekly to work on searching for scholarships, preparing requirements (writing essays, obtaining transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation) and turning in top-quality applications.

2. Pay attention to deadlines.  Some scholarships require online applications; some must be mailed/postmarked by a set date or even hand-delivered.  Be sure to apply well in advance of the deadline.  Give your recommenders at least 2-3 weeks’ notice to write you letters, and provide a stamped, addressed envelope (if appropriate) or clear directions about how and when you’ll follow up.  Be sure to thank your recommenders with a nice card or note of appreciation.

3.  Consider what they’re looking for.  Each scholarship has different requirements, possibly including GPA, community service/volunteer work, leadership experience, and/or an essay.  Be clear on the requirements and complete all parts of the application.  Remember: the students you’re competing against will also have strong records; ask yourself what sets you apart, and make sure that comes across!

4. Essays:  Topics vary dramatically, and you want your essay to stand out from the crowd.  Tailor each essay to the individual scholarship.  Be sure to check your spelling AND proofread well.  Ask a trusted person to read over your application and give constructive feedback before you send it off.

5.  Scholarship Types: Scholarships break into two different types: instructional and private. Institutional scholarships are funded by the college or university and usually have requirements such as test scores and GPS. Private scholarships are offered by non-profit organizations or companies who fund a scholarship. Remember these can be national or local, while local scholarships may be less in amount they may also have less competition.

6.  Beware of scams!  Never release your Social Security number, credit card or bank information, or fall prey to “phishing” e-mails you may receive.  If it sounds too good to be true...it probably is.







There are multiple scholarship opportunities at www.albuquerquefoundation.org Visit this website for details. Scholarships range from students living in foster care, to those who have faced extraordinary life challenges, to students living in a mobile/manufactured home.




2017 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program        DEADLINE: March 22, 2017


Any high school junior, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. is eligible for the College Prep Scholars Program. Additionally, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad are eligible for the program. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible. 

Applicants must be high school juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year. See other Criteria at https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/college-prep-scholars/who-should-apply

New Mexico State Bar Essay Contest                                      DEADLINE: FEB 27, 2017

Juniors and Seniors submit essay at www.nmbar.org/EssayContest $1,000, $750, and $500 awards. Click link for rules and research tips.


Carson Scholarship                                              DEADLINE: December 21st 2016

Our scholarship program is open to students in grades 4 through 11 who have at least a 3.75 GPA (for the current school year) and are involved in community service. Nomination and Essay required


Monthly Scholarship Essay Contest

Varsity Tutors College Scholarship Contest                          DEADLINE: Varies

Monthly scholarship essay contest. Check website for details. http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship






2017 NMASBO High School Scholarship                                February 10th 2017

The scholarship committee will select seven to ten regional applicants to be awarded a NMASBO Scholarship worth $1,500. Must submit a complete scholarship application packet which includes the following: ***Only typed applications with a school official signature will be considered***

a. The applicant must demonstrate strong academic achievement with a 3.0 GPA or better and must submit a copy of the following documents: unofficial high school transcript & ACT and/or SAT scores. b. The applicant must submit a typed essay (double spaced and no longer than two pages in length). c. The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation written by a schoolteacher, staff member, or school administrator. (**Must be on school letterhead**) 2. The applicant must be a graduating senior from an accredited high school in the State of New Mexico. 3. The applicant must enroll and attend a college or university of their choice in the State of New Mexico as a full-time student (12 or more semester hours/credits)

Appication at : http://www.nmasbo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3296


Organ Transplant Awareness Program                                   February 14, 2017


Two $500 dollar scholarships  for New Mexico high school seniors. Have a 2.0 or above and intend to enroll in an accredited college or university. Essay required on one of two topics. See application link for application and essay topics or see Mr. Garcia in E224 for application. For Application: Click Here Organ Transplant Awareness


Jackie Robinson Foundation Program                                    Opens: November 1, 2016

                                                                                                Deadline: February 15, 2017

Up to $28,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.

Be a graduating high school senior; Plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States; Show leadership potential; Demonstrate a dedication to community service; Present evidence of financial need; Be a United States citizen; Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/programs/


Society of Professional Journalists                              DEADLINE: February 23, 2017

2017 High School Essay Contest

Topic: “Why is it important for a democratic society to have women involved in professional media and legal roles? What can be done to reverse the dearth of females in these professions?”First Place: $1,000 scholarship, Second Place: $500 scholarship . Third Place: $300 scholarship






New Mexico Credit Union Education Foundation     DEADLINE February 24, 2017

Applicants must be New Mexico residents must have a 2.8 cumulative grade point average. Must submit a copy of a recent transcript (does not have to be an official copy). Applicants must provide at least one letter of recommendation. Applicants must use the scholarship to attend an accredited vocational, technical school, college or university in New Mexico. Applicants must submit a completed application (Note: There are two pages to be completed for scholarship application to be eligible), which must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 24, 2017, for consideration for the 2017-2018 academic year. Scholarship recipients will be notified within 60 days of the deadline.

Application: http://www.cuanm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Scholarship-Criteria-for-Applicants.pdf

Criteria:  http://www.cuanm.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Scholarship-Criteria-for-Applicants.pdf


The New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders  DEADLINE: February 24, 2017

Candidate must be a graduating senior from any public high school in the state of New Mexico. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and official transcripts for consideration. A written essay (at least 300 words) outlining your reasons for entering the field of education. Preference will be given to those entering the field of education. Go to the VVHS College and Career Center for the application, guidelines, and process or visit www.nmcel.org

Criteria: Click Here for NMCEL Criteria Application: Click Here


BestStaff Inc                                                                      DEADLINE: March 1st 2017


$1,000 Scholarship for senior that attends a traditional APS school and demonstrated community involvement. Resume and two-page essay explaining: Educational plans following high school graduation, extra-curricular activities and community involvement, what you would do differently in high school, current career choice and reasoning.

For Application: Click Here BestStaff Scholarship



TRNA Scholarship Application                                      DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

If you reside with the boundaries of the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association there is a $750.00 scholarship. The four criteria are: 1) must reside within boundaries (see application for specifics) 2) submit application and two letters of recommendation 3) demonstrate community involvement and service 4) enroll at a college, university or post-secondary school.

For Application: Click Here For TRNA Scholarship







Sparx/Lorenzo Antonio Scholarship                                          DEADLINE: March 10th, 2017

Seniors graduating from high school with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and planning on being enrolled at University of New Mexico in the Fall 2015 semester. Scholarship up to $1,000. Apply at http://sparxlorenzoantonio.org/application-forms/


Jiffy Lube Scholarship                                                       DEADLINE: March 10, 2017

For New Mexico students 16-18 years old enrolled in a high school during the 2014-2015 school year. Simply write a 500-word typed essay about what drive you now. Application in the VVHS College and Career Center or visit http://www.yourturn2apply.com/NMothers.htm



DEADLINE: Postmarked NO LATER THAN March 15, 2017

Dependents of Armed Forces personnel assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base or on remote assignment. This includes members of the National Guard or Reserve Corps assigned to Kirtland AFB ANDon active duty orders at the time of application. Dependents of retired military personnel currently residing within a 50mile radius of Kirtland Air Force Base areeligible. (If military member is deceased, the applicant must provide proof of military benefits based on thefamily relationship to the deceased military member.)

 All applicants must reside within a 50mile radius of Kirtland AFB.

 Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

 Applicants must be accepted at an accredited college, university or vocational school on a fulltime basis

Click Link or see Mr. Garcia in E224

Click Here for Cover Letter

 Click Here for Application


New Mexico Federation of Republican Women              DEADLINE: March 15th 2017


$1500 cash award to a woman from New Mexico. Be registered Republican or daughter of a republican if under the age of 18. Click the link to download the application and follow application directions or see Mr. Garcia E224 for application.

Click Here for NMFRW Application


Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc                                       DEADLINE: March 25, 2017

The Iota Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.is proud to offer financial assistance to deserving, graduating high school males in celebration of their academic excellence and their contributions to school and community. This assistance is in the form of a one-time scholarship award in the amount of $1,000.00. This scholarship is a charitable cause of Iota Psi Lambda Albuquerque Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and is administered through the E.S. Foster Education Assistance Trust, a United Way 501c3 charity.



ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship

DEADLINE April 10, 2017

Four scholarships for two males and two females --- $5,000 each --- will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris

Apply at : http://www.cgcs.org/domain/19


HonorsGradU                                                                   DEADLINE: April 16th  2017

Submit a creative work on one of the prompts. Creative work can be Art, Creative Writing, Music, Photography, or Video

You must be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college or university to continue your education . All United States students are eligible. You can apply to any or all of the five scholarships available, but there will only be one scholarship awarded per person.

Your project must be original & creative! No plagiarism will be tolerated!



New Mexico Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club                       DEADLINE: May 1st 2017

  • New Mexico High School Senior,
  • Academic performance and eligible to graduate (minimum 2.5 average GPA. Copy of transcript and school counselor initials from current institution are required)
  • Essay of 500 words but no more than 800 words that answers the following question:  How does the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers inspire you to solve a problem currently facing our society?”  Apply at : www.nmbsmc.net/Scholarship-Information.html
  • Two letters of recommendation


B.Davis Scholarship                                                         DEADLINE: May 22, 2017

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post-secondary institution. Write an essay (1000 word or less essay) about the following topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most.  Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.  Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com  http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship Program  DEADLINE: June 1st 2017

Our program offers scholarship opportunities to high school seniors in the US. A single $1000 scholarship will be awarded. Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who: Intend to pursue a fashion related field at an accredited post-secondary school or college, Have a demonstrable record of academic success, Have a passion and drive for a fashion related career.  Apply at : http://www.fashion-schools.org/aspiring-fashion-professional-scholarship-program



The AnimationCareerReview.com "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program

DEADLINE June 1st 2017


 We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, http://www.animationcareerreview.com/  to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.

"Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship.                           DEADLINE June 1st 2017

 This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link http://www.onlinembareport.com  and find the scholarship located at the right side of the page and click on it.


Abbott & Fenner Scholarship                                         DEADLINE: June 12, 2017

Abbott & Fenner Scholarship are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions. To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words: Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com



BigSun Scholarship...2017                                              DEADLINE:  June 19, 2017.

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in.

How to Apply

Please send us a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?

Has your participation influenced your career goals?

Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?




Summit Disability Law Group                                                     DEADLINE Aug. 1st 2017

$1,000.00 scholarship for individuals who have been effected by a disability

You must currently be enrolled in or have been accepted to (and planning to attend) a college or university in the United States.

You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in the current or most recent secondary education program you have attended.

You must have a documented physician disability.

Apply at: https://www.summitdisabilitylawgroup.com/about-us/community-involvement/scholarship/


The Fisher & Talwar Legal Inspiration Scholarship             DEADLINE Nov. 15 2017

$1000 is now available to students currently pursuing or plan on pursuing a college degree. To qualify for this scholarship: 1. Must be a U.S. citizen, 2.Must be a full-time student who is currently attending (or planning to attend full-time) an accredited institution of higher education. 3. Must provide proof of current enrollment or plans to enroll in an accredited institution of higher education. If you have not received acceptance, you may still apply, but be sure to provide proof of acceptance and enrollment for the scholarship to be released.4.Must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.



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