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Filing the FAFSA is the first step in getting money for college. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work-study programs. Filing a FAFSA is also a requirement to qualify for other scholarship and grant programs, including 21st Century Scholars, the Michigan City Promise Scholarship, and financial aid offered by colleges.


Awards are made until funds are depleted. The deadline for the Frank O’Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholarship is April 15. The Federal deadline for the FAFSA is June 30.

Local Scholarship Opportunities

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Michigan City Promise Scholarship

Deadline: Early June 2023

Offers up to $5,000 per year, renewable for 4 years, to attend a regionally accredited college, university, post-secondary educational program or vocational school in the state of Indiana.


  • Graduate from Michigan City High School or Marquette Catholic High School with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Live within Michigan City corporate city limits
  • Complete a total of 40 hours of community service in high school
  • Find out more…
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21st Century Scholars

Provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. Also provides some funding for private colleges and for-profit schools. Important: you must apply in the 7th or 8th grade. Deadline is June 30 of the eligible student’s 8th grade year.


  • Be a member of a family below the maximum income for eligibility
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete the Scholar Success Program, twelve mandated pre-college activities
  • Graduate with at least a Core 40 high school diploma
  • Refrain from using illegal drugs or alcohol, and do not commit a crime or delinquent act
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Unity Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 24, 2023

Unity Foundation of La Porte County administers over 40 unique scholarship programs. Awards range from $250 to $2,500, with the majority at $1,000. Some scholarship funds make one award each year, while others make multiple awards.

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First Trust Credit Union Scholarship

Deadline: March 17, 2023

Two $1,000 scholarships per branch awarded to students who are members of First Trust Credit Union. The first $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior pursuing a four-year degree. The second $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior pursuing an Apprenticeship, Associates, or Certification in a selected field.

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Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters Scholarship

Deadline: To Be Announced

Two $500-$1,000 scholarships offered by The Greater Michigan City Chapter of the Drifters, Inc. to a distinguished African-American, minority, or first generation senior graduating from Michigan City High School and pursuing higher education.

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Hawkins-Williams Educational Scholarship Award

Deadline: May 19, 2023

$1,000 award granted by the Michigan City Human Rights Commission to one graduating senior from Michigan City. Criteria for selection includes human rights/community involvement, an essay on a Humanitarian of the Year, academic or achieved educational goals, and extracurricular activities.

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Jan Nona Environmental Stewardship Award

Deadline: March 24, 2023

$500 award for student or teacher who most exemplifies the tenacity, zeal, and spirit of Jan Nona in advocating for environmental stewardship, and are most likely to continue in their work to help their neighbors and their environments.

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Judi Huber Educational Scholarship

Deadline: May 19, 2023

$1,000 award to a Michigan City graduating senior in a public, private or home school settings who accepts his/her obstacles and/or challenges while focusing on the positive aspirations of advanced education.

Michigan City Human Rights Commission
100 E. Michigan Blvd.
Michigan City, IN  46360

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Deadline: The application period for the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has passed. Information for the 2024 program will be available in August 2023.

Awarded to two outstanding LaPorte County students. Provides full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree at any public or private college or university in Indiana accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Circle City Classic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: May 31, 2023

Indiana Black Expo, Inc., awards scholarships to current high school seniors and undergraduate students who exhibit outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community service. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the Circle City Classic Football Game. More than $4.6 million has been awarded to students since 1984.

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Susan Hay Hemminger Scholarship

Deadline:  May 15, 2023

Awards 1-year scholarships of up to $5,000 to selected legal residents of LaPorte County who attend or graduated from a high school within LaPorte County and are accepted or enrolled full-time to pursue a 2- or 4-year undergraduate degree at an accredited college or technical school. Award winners will demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, service & leadership, and ability & commitment.

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Michigan City High School Scholarship Page

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Indiana State Financial Aid

Information on the Frank O’Bannan Grant, Adult Student Grant, Mitch Daniels Early Graduation Scholarship, 21st Century Scholarship, EARN Indiana program, financial aid for military and public safety officer, financial aid for teachers, and more.

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College Board Scholarship Search

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