** Over 90% of scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors are given by post-secondary institutions. Be sure to check for incoming freshman scholarships at the school you plan to attend, generally through the financial aid office.
What kinds of scholarships are available?
Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.
Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. And some are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are ).
A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education. Know that you may apply for 20 scholarships and only receive a couple but make sure that you follow the directions and make each application neat and focused to what the sponsor is looking for. See the Scholarship Handout for more tips and information.
Student Scholarship Search ebook has a ton of information about looking for scholarships and the financial aid process: For more information and tips on applying for scholarships check out - The College Scholarship Guide
Student Scholarship Search ebook has a ton of information about looking for scholarships and the financial aid process.
How do I find scholarships?
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online. But be careful - make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid. Check out our information on how to .
Try these free sources of information about scholarships:
Completing a scholarship application can be a difficult task. Below are some tips to help you complete your application and essays.
— Pay close attention to scholarship application deadlines as applications submitted past the deadline will not be considered. The first scholarship deadlines begin in the fall for the following school year.
— Neat Appearance. Neatness, punctuation,grammar and spelling are important. Have someone read it over for you to make sure it looks and sounds good.
— Prepare letters of recommendation. Ask a few people to write letters of recommendation on your behalf so you will have them ready for future scholarship and college applications. Give people enough time to write the letter,but make sure you give them a date that you need the letter by. \Prepare a scholarship resume outlining your involvement in activities in and out of school, community service and other information that you would like them to include.
— When writing your essays let your personality shine through. While scholastic achievements are important,in most cases, they are not the only items considered. Think about including your clubs, sports,volunteer and community involvement, honors and achievements, financial need, personal stories or valuable lessons learned.
— Thinking about common essay questions can help you prepare for a scholarship essay. Typical questions might include: What are your short and long-term goals? Describe any unusual family or personal circumstances that have affected your achievement in school? What are your work or extracurricular activities? List experiences related to your field of study?
— Proofread your essays and applications in addition to having a least one other person proofread your application. Spelling errors or poor writing skills will have a negative effect on your chances of receiving the scholarship.
— Keep a copy of everything you submit!
— If you are notified that you have received a scholarship always send a thank you note to the donor.
— Scholarships are a numbers game so the more you apply for the more you will be likely to receive.
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