Scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS  =  FREE MONEY!

Scholarships don’t need to be repaid and come mostly from organizations and colleges. Scholarship searches are a lot of work and very time consuming, yet can be well worth the time and effort. By taking an early look and discovering all the possibilities, it can offset lots of extra work later on and give you and your family a head start on reducing the cost of college. Look particularly into scholarships that are automatically renewable or ones for which you can reapply each year.

There are two types of scholarships: need and non-need based. Need-based scholarships are primarily about financial need. Non-need can be anything else: academic performance, hard work, character, community service, sports, field of study, special talents, etc.

Ask colleges if you will AUTOMATICALLY be considered for its scholarships OR if you have to apply separately!

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SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH SITES
There are many other scholarship search engines out there. Find the ones that you feel work best for you.


APPLICATION BASICS
  • High school transcript
  • Standardized test scores
  • Financial aid forms (FAFSA, CSS Profile)
  • Parent’s financial info including tax returns
  • One or more essays 
  • One or more letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Proof of scholarship eligibility (if needed)
  • Possibly prepare for an interview
  • And if you are competing for a talent-based scholarship, you may need to audition or submit a portfolio

SCHOLARSHIP TIPS
    1. Apply only if you are eligible.
    2. Follow all directions very carefully.
    3. Complete application fully and thoughtfully.
    4. Neatness counts!
    5. Don't go off topic.
    6. Write a memorable essay.
    7. Proofread carefully.
    8. Meet all deadlines!
    9. Review your application with your parents to assure you haven’t left anything out.
    10. Keep a copy of your entire application package, and track your package if mailing to ensure it gets there on time.





BEST SCHOLARSHIPS ARE RENEWABLE
Many times colleges try to entice students to their schools by offering lots of aid your freshman year, but much less the following years.

Remember to ask the college or organization what you need to do to retain your renewable scholarship - GPA minimum, activities, athletic performances, etc.

DO OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AFFECT YOUR SCHOOL AID?

Possibly. Make sure you ask your target colleges this, so you have no surprises! Does it reduce grants, school scholarships, loans? Does it affect my amateur status?


BEWARE POTENTIAL SCAMS!
    • Fee required
    • Scholarship guaranteed
    • No work involved
    • No contact information
    • Web site is low quality or lots of pop-ups
    • Pressure tactics
    • No recent winners
    • Winning an unsolicited scholarship
OTHER PLACES TO FIND SCHOLARSHIPS

YOUR TARGETED COLLEGES
    • College website
    • College Financial Aid office
    • Financial Aid materials
    • College Admissions Office
    • College catalog
    • College departments
    • College coaches

HIGH SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS
    • National Honor Society
    • Math Club
    • Language Club
    • Key Club
    • Educational associations
    • State Education Agency

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS
    • You and your parents' employers
    • Your Grandparents’ employers
    • Religious organizations
    • Banks
    • Insurance companies
    • Realtor associations
    • Political parties
    • Unions
    • Organizations related to your or your family’s interests

YOUR COMMUNITY
    • Your Counselor
    • Rotary Clubs
    • Lions, Elks, Eagles
    • Kiwanis
    • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
    • 4-H, FFA
    • Businesses and corporations
    • Libraries
    • Banks
    • Hospitals / other health facilities
    • Your neighborhood and town where you live
    • Education associations
    • Realtor associations
    • Organizations related to your interests
    • Other local, regional, state, and national community groups and non-profits

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS
    • National Merit Scholarships
    • Gates Millennium Scholars
    • Intel Science Talent Search
    • Coca-Cola Scholars
    • Robert C. Byrd Honors Program
    • Lowes Scholarship
    • Burger King
    • GE Reagan
    • Best Buy Scholarship
    • Footlocker
    • Grand Sovereign
    • Visine Vision Scholarship
    • Healthy Lifestyles
    • 1800 Wheelchair
    • Launch Your Dreams
    • Elk’s Most Valuable Student
    • Ritchie’s Spirit
    • Principals’ Scholarship
    • Doing Good
    • Financial Service Centers of America, Inc