Private Scholarships

Many Southwestern Michigan College students receive scholarships from individuals, groups and organizations outside the college that support education. Some of these scholarships are for students graduating from high school in the current year who apply for them through their high school guidance office. Funds from these outside scholarships are applied to student accounts when the check is received.

In addition, SMC’s Financial Aid office regularly receives notification of private scholarship opportunities offered by foundations, businesses, organizations and individuals. These scholarships have their own application process, requirements and deadlines. Links to these private scholarships are added on a regular basis and it is recommended that students watch this area of our website for updates.

Remember to check each scholarship for deadlines.

Scholarship Name Target Group
Berrien Community Foundation Scholarships Students from Berrien County; variety of majors
Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital Krziza Healthcare Education Scholarship Students majoring in health care
K&M Machine-Fabricating Inc. Open to sons & daughters of K&M full-time employees; GPA of 2.25 or better; must meet other requirements. Contact K&M’s Human Resources Dept.
Lakeland HealthCare Volunteer Scholarship Active Lakeland volunteers majoring in a health care field
Application available at Volunteer Office, Lakeland Medical Center
Lakeview Foundation Must be a graduate from an eastern Van Buren County high school or live in eastern Van Buren County; maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better; have a financial need; and must be accepted as a nursing or healthcare student to a college or university.
Marjorie Bloehm Nursing Scholarship Nursing students from the Hart/Shelby area
Midwest Energy Cooperative College Scholarship High school seniors whose parents receive service from Midwest Energy
North Ottawa Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Ottawa County residents pursuing a career in the health care field
The Dunn Scholarship Current students with preference given to women in transition
Women’s Education Coalition Grant Women residing in Kalamazoo, Barry, Calhoun, Allegan, St. Joseph or Van Buren counties. Adult women who have had a significant break in their formal education. Priority to underemployed working mothers. Employment can be full or part time.
State of Michigan
Scholarship Name Target Group
AMVETS Department of Michigan Nurses and Allied Health Programs Scholarship Students who are veterans and majoring in nursing or allied health
Contact: AMVETS Department of MI, 24715 John R, Hazel Park, MI 48030
George Harding Scholarship Charitable Trust Full-time students majoring in business administration, economics or another finance-related field
James W. Phelan Scholarship Junior or senior majoring in architecture, engineer, construction, banking or general business
Mary Free Bed Guild of Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship Minority students majoring in nursing
Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Student Leadership Award Students majoring in elementary education or child development
Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship Students currently enrolled in a nursing program
Michigan Retailers Association Scholarship Dependent sons or daughters of employees of MRA member firms or part time employees who work at MRA member businesses
Michigan State DAR Rosamond P. Haeberle Memorial Scholarship Students who are Michigan veterans
NALS of Michigan Scholarship Award Students pursuing a career in the legal field
University of Michigan Materials Science and Engineering Scholarships Students transferring to the University of Michigan and majoring in engineering or materials science
  Student Scholarship Opportunities
  Current Undergraduate Students
Michigan Board of Nursing Scholarship If you are a Michigan resident applying to the SMC nursing program for Fall 2013, be sure to apply for the Michigan Board of Nursing Scholarship. The recipients:
  • Must reside in the state of Michigan
  • Must intend to practice within the State of Michigan in an underserved area with an underserved population (all of Michigan currently qualifies as underserved)
  • Cannot be in receipt of a full scholarship from another source

Scholarship applications are available in the Financial Aid Office during regular business hours. Deadline to submit the application is May 24, 2013.

Scholarship Name Target Group
Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program Students who are currently registered
American Chemical Society Scholars Program Underrepresented minority students majoring in chemistry or environmental science
American Welding Society Foundation District Scholarship Students in a welding-related educational or training program
BigSun Scholarship from The BigSun Organization Students who are currently registered and involved in a sport at SMC or in the community
Future Farmers of America scholarships Students with a long-term career interest in agriculture
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Students of Hispanic heritage with a minimum 3.0 GPA
Jack Kent Cook Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Sophomores who will transfer to a 4-year college for the upcoming fall semester (must be nominated by SMC)
Jeannette Rankin Foundation Scholarship Low-income women who are at least 35 years old
MassMutual Scholars Program Full-time multicultural students entering their sophomore, junior, senior, or fifth year of undergraduate coursework. Students must be of African American, Hispanic, or Asian/Pacific Islander descent and be interested in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry.
National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Program Italian American students in any area of study
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Students whose parent is a current or former Marine
Pocketbook-Zookal Scholarship For Entrepreneurs Students who are interested in entrepreneurship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Two-Year Colleges Scholarship Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA who have completed some community service in the past year (must be nominated by SMC)
The SallieMae Fund Scholarships Scholarships are available for many types of students in various majors
Specialty Equipment Market Association Scholarship Students pursuing a career in the automotive field
Talbots Charitable Foundation Women who graduated from high school or earned a GED on or before September 2000
The Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association Scholarship Undergraduate nursing students