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Whether you’re considering a four-year university, community college or military service, advance preparation ensures that you have the chance to explore all the opportunities available to you.​ is Tacoma's one-stop-shop to get you ready for life after high school.

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​Upcoming Events
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SCHOLARSHIP ELKS National Foundation Most Valuable Student 11/27/2017Evening (see description for info)Other* (see description)
The 2018 MVS application deadline is November 27, 2017.

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition.

    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.
    Male and female students compete separately.

Click here to Apply to the 2018 MVS Contest

The 2018 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. Applications for the 2018 contest will be available online starting September 1, 2017. The 2018 MVS application deadline is November 27, 2017.

The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The 480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.

Click here for MVS FAQs.

The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation announced the 2017 500 national winners in late April 2017. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

Ranging 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.
Skateboarders!! Check out this opportunity!12/1/2017After SchoolOther* (see description)
I am reaching out to tell you about the SALT Program at Alchemy Skateboarding. We are a nonprofit indoor skatepark and provide a safe place for youth in the greater Tacoma area.

Our program SALT (Sponsored by Alchemy Leadership Team) is an opportunity for youth to develop leadership skills through community engagement, career development, and volunteer opportunities. The youth get the chance to utilize our indoor skate park while also focusing their creative skills to work within their own community. The program is open for them to decide where their passion lies, whether it be in arts, activism, and/or skateboarding.

Applications can be found via our website or at our skate shop. Grit City Grindhouse 311 S 7th Tacoma, WA 98402. We will begin our interviews after Thanksgiving break so it would be greatly appreciated to get this information to the students as soon as possible.

Thank you for setting this up for us today.

Jaynee Schmidtke
JUNIORS ONLY!!! Palmer's scholarship! $25,00012/8/2017Evening (see description for info)Other* (see description)
Who is a Palmer Scholar?

•Be a junior in high school Fall of 2017

•Identify as a person of color, bi– or multi-racial

•Actively involved and a leader in school and the community

•Minimum 2.0 GPA

•Pell Grant or Free/Reduced Lunch eligible*
*Some exceptions may apply and a written statement must be included in the application to explain your financial situation

Find more information on our High School Scholars page found here 

Knockout Applicatoin Days  November 1st- December 13th12/13/2017After School, 2:30pm-5:00pmCareer Center
Come and Get expert help on your essays and applications for colleges and scholarships!


Come sign up in the Career Center for the days you would like to get help!

-Miss Hart
JUNIORS & SENIORS SCHOLARSHIP: FIRE FREE SPEECH ESSAY CONTEST! $10,00012/31/2017Evening (see description for info)Other* (see description)

The Details


Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to

Word Length

Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic below.


FIRE must receive all entries by December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced by January 31, 2018.

Scholarship Prizes

One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.
SCHOLARSHIP! ACT Student Champion Award $50012/31/2017After SchoolOther* (see description)

Applications are open for the ACT Student Champion Award! The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.

ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque, and state-level recognition.

Please encourage students in the graduating class of 2018 who have taken the ACT who fit the following criteria to apply:
• A student who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions
• Students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
• Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.
Applications can be found at Applications are due December 31, 2017, and champions will be notified on or before April 2, 2018. If applicants are under the age of 18, they must complete this form in addition to the application.

All questions may be directed to

Best of luck!

Suzanne Conquest
Sr. Director, ACT State Organizations

Natalie Hart, M.Ed.
College & Career Counselor

My previous profession was working for the University of Washington Tacoma as an Admissions Advisor and Recruiter. I have a lot of fresh and current knowledge on the college admissions process, and a lot of community connections to ensure that every student leaves Stadium with a plan of action for post-secondary success. 
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