Deadlines & Applications

Various scholarships are available for students every year.  New Scholarships are posted and deadline dates are updated as scholarship applications become available.  View the Daily Announcements on the High School homepage for listing of new local scholarships which will trickle in beginning the first of December and later.

Elks Most Valuable Student National Foundation Scholarship

The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  Scholarships range from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year.  Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.  Applications must be completed and submitted online at ELKS with a deadline of November 15, 2020.

Elks Gold Key Scholarship Program

The Michigan Elks Association Charitable Grant Fund Scholarship Commission, also known as the “Gold Key Scholarship Fund”, was established by the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Elks Association to provide a post-secondary education scholarship for special needs students to be funded through individual donor contributions. For the purpose of the scholarship “Special Needs” is a student that is physically challenged, currently eligible for special education services under the Federal guidelines or as may be approved by the Gold Key Commission of the Michigan Elks Association.  Students must go online to Michigan Elk Gold Key and submit an application online no later than December 1, 2020

MASFPS & NAFEPA Scholarships

MASFPS (MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE AND FEDERAL PROGRAM SPECIALISTS) SCHOLARSHIP-will award three state scholarships ($1500, $1000 and $500) to eligible high school seniors who are on track to graduate in the spring of 2020.  Selections will be based upon the NAFEPA  (NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FEDERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS) scholarship which will be sponsoring four scholarships each worth $2500 they are all non renewable.  Two scholarships are for students pursuing degrees in Education.  The other two scholarships may be awarded to applicants pursuing degrees in Education or any other field. Stop by the counseling office to pick up a copy or download the application. Deadline to the counseling office is January 5, 2021.

General Federation of Women's Club of Michigan

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Michigan will be honoring 2 $500 scholarships geared towards a student that is interested in the arts or nursing field.  Application is in the counseling office or GFWC .  Please return to the counseling office or email to by January 20, 2021.

The Jerry Erickson Scholarship

This scholarship is offered through the Northland Area Federal Credit Union.  Application can be found Jerry Erickson  You must be a full time high school student or college student and a Northland member in good standing.  Applicants must provide proof of a GPA of 3.0 or higher. This is a renewable scholarship. Due to counseling office February 15, 2021. 

Iosco County Community Foundation

Multiple scholarships will be awarded by the Community Foundation and its affiliates this year.  Available scholarships include awards for students attending college, participating in trade school programs or certificate programs, as well as some graduate programs. Applications can be found online at Iosco County Community Foundation  with a deadline of March 01, 2021. Upon filling out this application it will submit an application to the following eligible scholarships:  Tawas Community band,  Michael Wentworth,  The Carl and Christine Huebner for Music/ Creative Writing /Performing Arts, TAEF Harris Barkman, TAEF Coyle, TAEF George and Dorothy Green, TAEF Joseph Barkman, TAEF Clifford Lonsbury, TAEF Jensen, TAEF Elmer & Eliza Werth, Dean Arbour Memorial, Carl and Helen Basel MSU , First Federal of Northern Michigan, Elenor L and John R Heilman Nursing Scholarship and many more.  

Richard Fairless Memorial Scholarship

The family of Richard Fairless would like to offer this scholarship in memory of his life and love for the game of basketball.  Recipients of the scholarship must be a graduating  TAHS senior and women's basketball player.  The funds must be used to meet education expenses at a school of higher education.  Applications are available in the counseling office or on this down loadable form.  Deadline to the counseling office is March 1, 2021.

The Marie Samuelson Scholarship

This scholarship is for any student who has ever attended one of these schools:  the former St. Joseph Catholic School of East Tawas, the former Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Tawas City or the Holy Family School of East Tawas.  The student must be planning on attending or currently attending an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in Education.  Submit a letter of application to Tim St. Aubin at Include the following information:  Name and address, name of college/university you will be or are currently attending (to major in Education), career goals and reasons for applying for this scholarship and a list of school-based extracurricular activities and non-school based extracurricular activities. Deadline date to address given is  March 1, 2021

SFC Mark Jackson Scholarship

This scholarship is available to current seniors or college students who reside in Curtis Township (zip codes: 48737 or 48761) or have a Glennie mailing address.  Application are available on this fill able document Mark Jackson Scholarship and can be turned into the counseling office by March 15, 2021.

Sunrise Side Republican Women's Annual Scholarship

Want to learn about Politics?  Want to participate and gain experience?  The Sunrise Side Republican Women's Club is offering an opportunity to do this and possibly earn a $2,000.00 scholarship.  The candidate must be a female U.S. citizen who resides in Iosco or Alcona county.  Open to a graduating senior who has been accepted by a public or private institution of higher learning.  They must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and must participate in activities of the Sunrise Side Republican Women's Club.  Applications can be downloaded or picked up in the counseling office with a deadline date of March 19, 2021. 

Whittemore Speedway Scholarship

The Whittemore Racing Club is offering (4) $500.00 scholarships to area high school seniors.   Applications are now online or in the counseling office.  Please have them returned to the counseling office by March 19th, 2021.

Bopp Busch Manufacturing Company Scholarship

Candidates must be residents of Arenac or Iosco counties, must be planning on attending a post-secondary institution and preference may be given to students following a course of study in the skilled trades.  Fillable  application available here .  Due to the counseling office March 24th, 2021.

Ryan Coleman Scholarship

This scholarship was created to perpetuate the memory of Ryan Coleman, a Tawas High School student who died of cancer.  Applicants must be a high school senior who's overall GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.5, however others may apply. Whether you plan on attending a 4 year college, a two year college, vocational school or plan on going right into the workforce.  All may apply. Applications are available in the counseling office or on this fill able application Ryan Coleman  Completed applications must be returned to the High School Counseling Office by: March 24, 2021.  

Lilley-McDougall Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students that reside in the Curtis Township with a zip code of 48737 or 48761 and will be a 2021 graduate or a first time college student seeking a degree in any field and enrolled in a college or university by the fall of the year 2021. Please return form to the counseling office by March 26, 2021.  

American Business Women's Association Scholarship 

The local chapter of the American Business Women's Association is offering a $2000 scholarship to a FEMALE student who will be attending an accredited U.S. college or university.  Applicants must be a US citizen and reside in AuSable, East Tawas, Glennie, Greenbush, Hale, Harrisville, Lincoln, Mikado, National City, Oscoda, South Branch, or Tawas City.  You must carry a GPA of a 3.5 or higher.  To apply email: Applications must be completed by March 31, 2021 

St. Joseph Health System Scholarships

St. Joseph Health System  has been providing scholarships to associates, their children, and community members since 2008.  The scholarships are made possible through individual donations from community members, business, and Ascension St. Joseph associates and volunteers.  Multiple scholarships are available thru their website St Joseph Health foundation.  Please click on the link to apply for the following.  Deadline is April 9, 2021.  If you have questions please email Michelle Bacarella at or by phone at (989) 362-0159.

Masonic Foundation Scholarship

The local Masonic Lodge is offering scholarships for the 2020/2021 school year.  Open to all seniors and past graduates. Applications can be found in the counseling office or on this fill able document Masonic Foundation.   Deadline to the counseling office by April 16, 2021.

Tawas Kiwanis Club Scholarship

The scholarship is available to ALL SENIORS accepted to a 2 or 4 year college and should be accompanied by one letter of recommendation from a teacher or school administrator and one other letter of  recommendation. Applications available on this fill able document Kiwanis. Deadline date: April 9, 2021.

Trade Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who will be participating in a trade program.  Applications are available in the counseling office and due back by April 9, 2021.

The Association of Tawas Football Alumni Scholarship

Applicants must have been a member of the Tawas Area Football team and are planning on furthering their education after graduation from high school.   Applications are in the high school office or on this fill able form and due back to the Counseling office on April 12, 2021.

The Quota International Club of Iosco County Scholarship

This $2000.00 scholarship is offered to a high school senior who meets one of these requirements:  Has a documented hearing impairment, has a documented speech communicative disorder (or) plan on working with a teaching hearing, speech impaired persons (or) plans on working in the audiology/speech pathology field.  Applications are available on this fill able document Quota Club with a deadline to the counseling office by April 16, 2021.

Howard VanOosten and Dr. Lloyd Wiegerink Memorial Scholarship,  Paul A. Poling Scholarship,  and Tolfree Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to assist students attending or registered to attend higher institutions of education in the field of medicine.  A tuition award up to $800 will be granted to anyone interested in furthering their education in health care with preference given to high school seniors.  GPA must be 3.0 or higher, letters of recommendation from three people, minimum of 250 word essay of why you want to be in the healthcare field.  Applications available in the counseling office or downloadable.  Application due to the counseling office by April 16 , 2021.

The Thomas Pintkowski Memorial Scholarship

One female and one male will receive a $500.00 scholarship.  You must have been a member of at least one varsity athletic team during your senior year, plan on attending a post-secondary institution and carry a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Applications are available on this fill able document Thomas Pintkowski Female  and Thomas Pintkowski Male  with a return date to the counseling office April 16, 2021.

Fraternal Order of the Eagles

(2) $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded.  Recommendation letters are needed. This scholarship is available to current seniors only.  Applications can be found in the counseling office or use this fill-able document Fraternal Order of Eagles  Due date to the counseling office April 16, 2021. 


Sponsored by the Tawas Area Elks #2525

Any high school senior from the following high schools: Alpena, Arenac Eastern, Au Gres Sims, Hale ,Lincoln-AlconaOscoda, Standish Sterling, Tawas Area, Whittemore-Prescott, along with any Alternative Education Academy of Iosco County may apply. The student must be attending one of the following community colleges during 2021-2022 academic school year:

Alpena Community College
Delta College
Kirtland Community College

2 $1000.00 will be awarded to the top two applicants. This application must be completed electronically, printed, and submitted to the counseling office by April 23, 2021.   The application is now available by clicking Tawas Elks   

McDonald's RAY KROC Youth Achievement Award

A $1,000.00 scholarship is being offered through McDonald's of Tawas for one area high school senior.  This award, named after McDonald's Corporation founder, honors students who demonstrate the exemplified by Ray Kroc- persistence, determination, hard work and all-around excellence. Applicationis available in this fill able document Ray Kroc please return to the counseling office with a deadline of: April 23, 2021. 

Tawas Braves Booster Club Scholarship

The Tawas Braves Booster Club is offering a scholarship to one female senior athlete and one male senior athlete.  Must have been enrolled for four years at Tawas Area High School, played at least two varsity sports in senior year and maintain an overall 2.5 GPA or higher. Applications available in this fill able document Tawas Brave Booster  with a return date to the counseling office of April 23, 2021. 

Laidlaw Family Foundation Scholarship

Applications can be found in counseling office or from the link below for students pursuing a career in the health field. Nursing students are given the first priority with second priority going to students entering a Pre-Med field.  Applications are available in a fill able form  Laidlaw Family Foundation Scholarship . Return application to the counseling office by April 28, 2021. 

The Holy Family Council of Catholic Women Scholarship​​​​​​

Applicants must be members of Holy Family Church, active in the youth ministry, plan on attending post-secondary institution and carry at least a GPA of 2.5.  Applications are available on this fill able document Holy Family with a deadline to the counseling office by April 28, 2021.

Tawas Area Federation of Teachers

Application for the Tawas Area Federation of Teachers (TAFT) Scholarship is downloadable here,  fill in, print and sign.  Application deadline to the counseling office on  May 3, 2021.

Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport Student Scholarship (open to JR's. & SR'S.)

In the past this program has been awarded for flight training ground school and flight lessons. Applicants may now utilize this scholarship for tuition assistance at a university, college or aviation training school.  All application materials can be found in the counseling office or here .  THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL NOT BE OFFERED FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021 

Sand Lake Women's Auxiliary Scholarship Application

This scholarship is available to seniors (male & female) who qualify from Iosco County with a GPA of 2.75 or higher,  college enrollment status, co-curricular as well as extra-curricular activities relating to the students' community.  Financial need as well as the applicant's intended field of study will be considered in the evaluation process. THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL NOT BE OFFERED FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021