Private Scholarships

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You may also want to explore private scholarship opportunities. Local communities and national organizations offer a multitude of private scholarships. Check with local organizations such as Rotary International, Kiwanis Club, Elks Club, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), American Legion, Lions Club, YMCA, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which all award scholarships on a local level. Look in the Yellow Pages of your telephone directory or online for the telephone numbers of these organizations. Check your local newspapers for announcements of scholarships awarded to local students, and then contact these organizations about how to apply for the next round of scholarships. The newspaper announcements usually occur between March and June, when most scholarships are awarded. You can browse through past issues of newspapers at your local library to find announcements. There is no one place to refer you to, so you will need to do a scholarship search on the web. Be careful not to pay anyone to help you with this information. There are plenty of these sites that are free.

If you will be or have recently graduated from high school, your guidance counselor is usually the best source of local scholarship information. Most local organizations provide information to high school guidance offices on a regular basis.

**Note: The Financial Aid Office is not responsible for processing scholarship applications. All students are responsible for contacting the scholarship-granting agency and ensuring that all requirements are met.

The Scholarship Board

Click here for important information regarding how NWCCD processes private scholarships


All scholarships, both internal and external, can be found on the NWCCD Scholarship Application website

(Click on Scholarship for Available Application)

P.E.O. Chapter AR, Gillette Women’s Scholarship.  Please visit the Gillette College Financial Aid Office for an application.  Applications will need to be returned by the deadline listed above to the Gillette College Financial Aid Office.  Applications are forwarded to the Chapter for their review and selection.  Please call Sally Craig at 307-682-9809 for further details.

November 1 (Spring scholarship deadline), March 1 (Fall scholarship deadline)

AAUW Scholarship.  The Cody Branch of the American Association of University Women will be awarding a $1,000.00 scholarship on May 1st of 2014. Preference for this scholarship is given to Cody area women who will be at the junior, senior or graduate level of college in their next semester.

Selection for the scholarship is based on scholastic ability, financial need, an indication of commitment to one’s chosen field, and the overall quality of the application. Deadline for the application is April 1, 2014.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship or need more information, please contact Doneen Fitzsimmons at 307-250-1979.

Hawthorn Foundation Scholarships – The Hawthorn Foundation provides money to those individuals that are non-traditional students residing in Wyoming and planning to attend college on a full-time basis at any accredited U.S. school they may choose.  NO DEADLINE.

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund – Applications opened September 2014 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

ALL available scholarships are posted on AcademicWorks, our new scholarship program.  Please visit for scholarship opportunities.