Financial Aid at Aquinas College

Outside Scholarships

ProLift Garage Doors Scholarship

$500 annual scholarship awarded to one recipient every year. We have outlined our scholarship award program here:

  1. Scholarship Award - $500 annually (non-renewable)
  2. Recipients – One award per person to any student in the state of Michigan.
  3. Requirements – Applicant must be a high school senior or currently attending an accredited university, college, or trade school in the state of Michigan.
  4. Must have a current GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  5. Must be a resident of the state of Michigan.
  6. Applicants must submit an essay with a minimum of 500 words about a person they admire and why.
  7. Deadline – December 1st every year.

Polish Heritage Society

We will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships to two Aquinas College students for the Fall semester of 2020. 


  • Must be a full-time student with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Must be of Polish descent, and provide a brief statement (signed and dated) delineating their heritage.
  • A copy of academic transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • A letter of recommendation 
  • All applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by March 15 (Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office).

 Send all of the above to Aquinas College Financial Aid Office - 1700 Fulton street E, Grand Rapids MI 49506.  

Gilman International Scholarship Program

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience! The Gilman Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 (or $8,000 including the Critical Need Language Award) for undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens and Federal Pell Grant recipients at two-year or four-year institutions. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship provides awards of $5,000 and is also now available for child dependents of active-duty military personnel who receive any type of Title IV Federal Financial Aid to study or intern abroad.

The March 2020 Deadline application is for students whose programs start between May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.
Please be aware that the application and advisor certification deadlines are in Pacific Time and take into consideration any time difference as students prepare to submit their applications.
The March 2020 Deadline application encompasses programs during the following terms:

  • Summer 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-2021
  • Winter 2021
  • Spring 2021

All applicants are notified of their status via email. All advisors will also be notified of scholarship recipients via email, and will have access to the status of each student in their Gilman Advisor account.

Avomeen is offering 2 scholarship opportunities annually to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM discipline.

Women in STEM (1 scholarship: $2,500)

Minorities in STEM (1 scholarship: $2,500)

Students can apply via the Avomeen website here. Scholarship applications will be judged on two factors:

  1. A written statement (200 words or less) on why the applicant has chosen to pursue a degree in STEM
    1. For the Women in STEM scholarship, the applicant should include information about organizations they’ve been a part of and/or what they’re done in their community to support and promote female leadership
    2. For the Minorities in STEM scholarship, applicants should include information about organizations they’ve been a part of and/or what they’ve done in their community to support and promote minority leadership
  2. Eligibility requirements, which include:
    1. Pursuing an undergraduate education at a US-based college or university for both scholarships; and
    2. For the Women in STEM scholarship, the applicant must identify as a woman
    3. For the Minorities in STEM scholarship, the applicant must identify as a minority

We’re accepting applications from October 1-April 1, and winners will be notified by May 1. The application and notification dates remain the same every year for this annual scholarship. Additional information about the scholarship can be found on our website at scholarships/


This scholarship is available to students pursuing study in theatre arts at any college/university located within the United States. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 are awarded annually to individuals who, by their own contribution to theatre, have demonstrated ability, talent, and dedication to theatre arts. The decision made by the panel of judges shall be final and based on the information contained in the application, attached documentation and/or the interview. Recipients will be notified in May. This is an annual competitive award, and previous recipients must reapply each year. No person is eligible to receive a Combined Theatre Scholarship more than twice. To download the application please go to applications must be submitted via email by MARCH 1 to


This Grand Rapids Community Foundation general scholarship byCompletingonegeneral online application enters you in the selection process for more than 70 scholarship funds. Scholarship applications for the 2020 - 2021 academic year are available from December 1 - March 1. Please go to: learn more about this exciting scholarship opportunity. The deadline is March 1, 2020.


The Fremont Area Community Foundation has scholarships available for Adult students who reside in Newaygo County, MI or area residents of a Newaygo County-based school district. For purposes of scholarship awards, the Community Foundation defines adult students as individuals who have been out of high school for at least two years and/or have a gap in their postsecondary education. Adult student scholarship applications are accepted year-round, and scholarships are awarded while funds remain available. For the online application, please go to: any questions you may have, please contact Robin Cowles at 231.924.5350 or email her at Applications will be approved or denied by the last day of the month following submission.


Going Merry

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