(See also Financial Aid)
Scholarships are awarded by civic groups, charitable organizations, foundations, corporations and others who believe in the importance of a good education. They realize earning a college education is an expensive proposition, and wish to offer financial support to those who demonstrate the ability and desire to build a successful future. Some award scholarships on merit alone. Perhaps those receiving scholarships today will one day be in a position to pay it forward.
Scholarships are not just for those at the top of the class academically. Check each scholarship application, as the criteria for who can apply varies widely. Through the individual essay, students can convey goals and interests in a way that will give the reviewers the confidence to know this student is serious about reaching his or her potential through higher education.
Each year, millions of scholarship dollars go unused simply because students did not apply! Parents generally have a keener sense of what it takes to finance a college education than their students might, so we advise parents to take an active role in encouraging their child to pursue scholarship opportunities. There is no limit to the number of scholarships a student can receive, so do not hesitate to apply to all for which you are eligible.
The scholarships available through the Guidance Department are just the tip of the iceberg. Many large employers also offer scholarships to employees and/or their children, so be sure to ask your/your parents' human resources or benefits department if they have a scholarship program. Professional and trade organizations may also offer scholarships to the children of their members so inquire there as well. College Board and others have search engines to help you find appropriate opportunities. Feel free to do your own Internet searches too and see what comes up based on your areas of interest and personal background!
guidance counselor and the athletic department to learn about the athletic scholarship and recruitment process. You will want to be proactive to make your desires known, it's a rarity that students are recruited directly.
You can find scholarships for the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps at www.goarmy.com/rotc, Air Force Reserve Officer Training (AFROTC) College Scholarship Section at www.afrotc.com, or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at http://www.nrotc.navy.mil.
Scholarship applications sent directly to the Guidance Department are posted on the Guidance page under the Scholarship Applications tab. We highly recommend seniors check the scholarship page weekly through the end of the school year to learn of deadlines and new postings. These listings are fluid, and can vary from year to year, so the only way to be really up on them is to routinely check.
The scholarship notices we have received to date are posted according to the deadline on the Scholarship Applications page. Let us know if we can provide additional information, or if you have additional sources to share with us. Good luck, and please let us know if you are chosen to receive other scholarships!