Scholarship opportunities for seniors

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our students and feel fortunate to live in a community which embraces and rewards our students’ achievements and are grateful for the community organizations and private donors for their generosity.


Over the course of the academic year scholarships become available to our students. Some are local, some are regional and some are national. Each scholarship has its own specific criteria and procedure for applying. Scholarship information can be obtained by contacting any one of the guidance counselors.

All scholarships are posted on the website scholarship page. In addition, the Monticello High School Guidance Department is utilizing a remind text/e-mail service. Click here to sign up for the scholarship remind text and e-mail service.

Students can obtain scholarship applications from a guidance counselor or download them from the website below. It is important to follow the directions stated on the application. Some require students to submit them directly to the sponsor while others require that the application is submitted to the guidance office.

Due dates are firm and must be adhered to. Often the date due to the guidance office is different from the due date listed on the application. This is because guidance personnel need time to collect recommendations, transcripts and other required information.

March through May are the primary months for scholarship applications. It is suggested that students have their scholarship letters of recommendation and resumes on file in their guidance counselor’s office prior to March 1 to expedite the processing of scholarship applications.

It is strongly recommended that scholarship recipients show their appreciation by sending a note of thanks to the donors.

October 2019

Oct. 3 – The DAR Good Citizens Program is a scholarship open to all seniors who demonstrate the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Please see Ms. Truesdell no later than Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 if you are interested in applying.

Oct. 6 – The AES Scholarship: “Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted. 

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. 

You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

The online application is due by Oct. 6, 2019.


Oct. 25 – Horatio Alger Association – As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who’ve faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who’ve exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, in addition to having critical financial need. 

The online application is open until Oct. 25 for undergraduate scholarships.  For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, please visit their website.


Oct. 29 – The 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Open to any student who is in grades 5-12 as of Nov. 5, 2019 and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after Sept. 1, 2018. Due To Ms. Truesdell by Tuesday, Oct. 29.


Oct. 29Heisman High School Scholarship: Winning a Heisman High School Scholarship requires a weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participation in at least one school-sponsored sport, and demonstrated leadership at school and in the community. Applications can be found online at  and must be completed by Oct. 29.


Oct. 31 – Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation – The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional students who are dedicated to leadership, service, and action that positively affects others. Know a high school senior who fits the bill? Encourage them to apply for one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 by Oct. 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET. For more details and a link to the application, please visit their website.


Nov. 5 – The Elks National Foundation Scholarship Programs, Most Valuable Student: The 2020 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Due online by Nov. 5.


  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

Nov. 13Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don’t have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes Nov. 13, 2019.



Dec. 1Women in Science Environmental Scholarship: Available to female high school or college students, with preference given to those who are choosing to pursue a science degree. You must demonstrate financial need and submit a one-page essay that demonstrates an idea you have for helping improve the environment, either global or locally, using Drone Technology to be eligible for this award. Due online Dec. 1, 2019.

Dec. 3 (Writing); Dec. 13 (Art)Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Open to all students in grades 7-12. Click on the site. Under Complete Your Submission, click on “affiliates website” then click either art or writing. Enter your zip code and press submit to get the details of the scholarships. e details 

Dec. 15The Burger King Scholarship is now available online.  Applications must be completed by Dec. 15.

Dec. 16Sullivan County Long Beards Dr. James Earl Kennamer Academic Scholarship is open to seniors and early grads with an 85 or above GPA, be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education, who support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports (a copy of current hunting license is required), must hold a current NWTF membership, be involved in school activities, demonstrate ability as a leader among their peers, and must demonstrate community leadership and or involvement.  All applicants must submit the necessary essay, and three letters of recommendation. Applications are due to Ms. Truesdell in Guidance by Dec. 16, 2019.



Jan. 3GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program – To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

  • demonstrate at school, at the workplace, and within the community the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship;  
  • demonstrate strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent);  
  • be citizens of the United States of America;  
  • be current high school seniors attending high school in the United States (students living on U.S. Armed Forces base and homeschooled students are also eligible); and  
  • plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year.


Feb. 29College Board Opportunity Scholarship and Recognition Program Class of 2020: Open to students in high school, beginning in their junior year, who meet all eligibility requirements. This is a series of seven scholarships. Students become eligible for each one by completing a specific step. The scholarship series encourages students to complete six key college planning steps during their junior and senior years of high school. Due online Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.



March 15 – Scooter Inside Scholarship: Write an essay of 700+ words on the following topic: “How to improve your scooting experience or your best scooter adventure.” Click on the website for further details. Due online March 15, 2020.



April 1 – The Trust Family Memorial Scholarship “Learn Much and Live Well”:  The Trust Family Memorial Scholarship is available to seniors and early grads. Please fill out the application and return it to Ms. Truesdell in Guidance no later than April 1st, 2020.

April 1The Nelson S. Hall Memorial Scholarship is for seniors or early grads who are planning on continuing their education in either music or theater. Due to Ms. Truesdell in Guidance By April 1, 2020.

April 24 – The Sullivan County Trail Association Scholarship is open to any Sullivan County high school senior/early grad or any high school senior/early grad whose parent or guardian is a member-in -good standing with the club, who plans to major in an environmental field of study. Please complete the attached application or online application ( ). The scholarship will be paid to the student selected upon the receipt of a copy of their first college semester grade transcript. Applications are due to Ms. Truesdell in guidance no later then April 24, 2020.


May 1 – Monticello Teachers’ Association Educational Scholarship. Requirements: Student must be an MHS senior or early grad accepted into an accredited pre-service teacher training program at a college or university. Consideration would be given to the children of MTA members if there are no other student applicants. Due to Ms. Truesdell in guidance no later than May 1, 2020



MonthlyCourse Hero Scholarship: Applicant must be a U.S. citizen and attend a university or plan to attend a university. See website for further details. Submissions are due online monthly.