Launch Manistee Scholarship Clearinghouse

Feb 1, 2017

The quest for scholarships can be intimidating and overwhelming at times. Starting the process can often be the most difficult part. The goal of the Launch Manistee Scholarship clearinghouse is to bring some ease to the process by compiling local scholarships (county, region, and state) in one place as well as others that are worthwhile to explore. Manistee County scholarships are highlighted in yellow and Manistee County Community Foundation scholarships are highlighted in red; all are listed in alphabetical order. We are providing both PDF and Excel files of the scholarships.  There is a list of  local scholarships only as well.   In addition, we are also providing additional resources through links to scholarship search engines and tips for financial preparation for college.

NEW -JUST ADDED 5-7-17  Big Bear Scholarship application

Copy of Scholarship-list-2-1-17

Copy of Scholarship-list-2-1-17

Local Scholarships 2 -1-17 Excel



Additional Resources

Here are suggestions to get started:

  • Download the Excel file or print the PDF and then delete/cross off the scholarships with past deadlines or that you are ineligible for/do not fit you.
  • Target those scholarships you are interested in and write out a timeline for completing the required actions.
  • Set due dates prior to the actual due dates to make sure that you get everything in.
  • Use “Ctrl F” to find keywords on websites or on the PDF on this website to narrow your search. For example, if you went to Bear Lake, you could find scholarships specific to your school this way.
  • Make sure your submission was received; check the submission guidelines and be persistent, if need be, about receiving a confirmation that they received your application if you submitted via email (it shows you care).
  • Write essays in your “own true voice”. Ask others (teachers, parents) to look the essay over for grammatical errors and flow, but make sure the essay remains “yours”.
  • Some scholarship applications may also request references. In the case that you need references, ask people who have known you for an extended period of time or long enough to have a good feel of your character, work ethic, abilities, etc. and can articulate their thoughts well.
  • Give your references plenty of time, and ask if you can return to them for multiple references so that they keep what they write up for you.
  • When you ask your references if they are willing to be your reference, make sure to gather the following information: their full name, job title, company name, email and contact numbers.
  • Keep your reference information in a log and keep this up to date- you need to remember who recommended you for what.
  • Thank your references and let them know if you received the scholarships.


New this year

Launch Manistee has purchased 100 codes for students to access the Scholly scholarship matching and management platform and shared them with area counselors.  Please see your school counselor for information. Visit for more information.


Scholly, the scholarship-matching and management platform — Scholly – Scholarship Search Tool and College Scholarship Finder App





Scholly is the boldest and baddest scholarship matching platform out there. It’s simple, accurate, and full of scholarship management tools. Made by students for students, we know what it’s like to have to search for scholarships. The money is free, the impact is real, the app is Scholly. With over $50 million in scholarship awards won, here’s to helping you achieve your potential!