1. Check the school web site – Select Students, scroll down to Media Center and look on our page for the Scholarship list. New additions frequently appear.
2. Check scholarships posted in Naviance.
3. Ask if your parent’s employer offers scholarships.
4. Create your own scholarship search by using key words e.g.
Hispanic + single parent
Greek heritage + merit scholarship
Diabetes + college scholarship
5. Apply for Federal aid via the FAFSA. No matter how you plan to finance your education – through financial aid, grants, work-study programs, scholarships or loans – the first thing you have to do is fill in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov.
6. Some private schools require the CSS Portfolio in addition to the FAFSA for applying for financial aid.
7. Once you have been accepted to a school there may be in-house scholarships that you can apply for. Sometimes you will be invited to apply for these, otherwise, contact the financial aid office at your school and ask them if they have any further financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships, available for their students.
8. Once you have been accepted to a school contact their Alumni group to see if they have scholarships available.
9. Good Resource to check out: Fund Your Future Brochure Copies currently available online
Recommended Scholarship Search Engines
There are over 200 scholarship search engines and they generally mine the same data bases for new scholarships. I recommend signing up for no more than three of these services. Some of my favorites are listed below:
www.FastWeb.com Largest search engine and the first of this nature.
- Cappex.com offers a free scholarship directory to help students find money for college. Scholarships can be searched for in a number of different ways. For example, you can search scholarships based on ethnicity, such as scholarships for African-Americans or Hispanics. Scholarships can also be searched based on gender, which allows you to find specific scholarships for men or women. Students can also choose to search for scholarships based on college major, such as Engineering or Computer Science scholarships. Finally, you can search for scholarships based on state, finding scholarships available for students in California or Illinois, for example. The Cappex scholarship search is free and registration is not required to view the scholarships.
www.finaid.org/scholarships Their site also provides links to other scholarship sites and lets you know the nature of the site so you can decide if you wish to use their services. The specific link for these other scholarships is: http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/other.phtml
As you search different sites about paying for college, be careful of the “free money” ads you may see. These may be scholarship scams, If you read the following lines, be careful: “The scholarship is guaranteed, or your money back;” Or, “You can’t get this information anywhere else;” Or, “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship” Or, “We’’ do all the work” Or, “The scholarship will cost money to hold.”
Western Undergraduate Exchange
Don’t Forget Western Undergraduate Exchange: If you are applying to a participating out of state school, a WUE scholarships can pay for 150% of resident tuition (so you don’t end up paying full out of state tuition). Each participating school administers WUE scholarships differently, so carefully read the information on each school’s website. More information and a list of participating schools can be found online at www.wue.wiche.edu
Finding Scholarships in Naviance
TOP TEN TIPS FOR WINNING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS (FROM FastWEB)
- Apply only if you are eligible. Read requirements and directions carefully.
- Complete application in full. If a question does not apply, note that on the application. Do not leave a blank.
- Follow directions. Provide everything that is required, but do not supply things that are not requested – you could be disqualified.
- Neatness counts. Always type the application if you can, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly.
- Make sure your essay makes an impression. Be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive.
- Watch all deadlines. Don’t send the materials in late – they will be refused.
- Take steps to make sure your entire application gets where it needs to go. Place name on all pages of the application in case it comes apart.
- Give it a final ‘once-over.’ Proofread carefully. Ask another person to read it over before you submit it.
- Ask for help if you need it. Visit your counselor or Mrs. Kapala in the Media Center.
- Remember: your scholarship application represents you! Your ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you.
OTHER WEBSITES YOU CAN BEGIN TO INVESTIGATE FOR POSSIBLE SCHOLARSHIPS:
The Christian Connector Inc. Provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian College scholarship drawing. Go to www.christianconnector.com for further information
Affordable Colleges Foundation Provides free community resource materials and tools on topics such as financial-aid and college savings strategies, affordability and scorecard rankings, opportunities for Veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. http://www.
affordablecollegesonline.org/ online-colleges/christian- colleges/
American Legion Military Sources:
U.S. Army – www.GoArmy.com
U.S. Air Force – www.AirForce.com
U.S. Marines – www.Marines.com
U.S. Coast Guard – www.GoCoastGuard.com
U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
“College Fee Waiver” – program benefits the spouse and children of U.S. Veterans: www.cacvso.org
LATINO COLLEGE DOLLARS – www.latinocollegedollars.org
HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND – www.hsf.net
ITALIAN CATHOLIC FEDERATION SCH. – www.icf.org
AMERICAN FEDERATION of TEACHERS – www.aft.org/aftpluls/scholarships/index.htm
Private Sources: Education Student Aid Programs: Amer. Dental Assoc.
ADA Endowment and Assistance Fund, Inc. at www.ada.org
Dental Assisting – 10 – $1,000 scholarships
Dental Hygiene – 15 – $1,000 scholarships
Dental Student – 25 – $2,500 scholarships
Minority Dental Student – 25 – $2,500 scholarships
Dental Laboratory Technology – 5 – $1,000 scholarships
Explore professional organization sites for scholarships such as:
American Medical Technologist – www.amt1.com
American Welding Soc. Found. – www.aws.org/foundation
Imagine America Foundation – www.imagine-america.org
Foundation of The National Student Nurses’ Assoc., Inc. – www.nsna.org
Intel Science Talent Search – www.sciserv.org/sts
National College for Nuclear Training – www.nei.org
Orphan Foundation of America – www.orphan.org
Society of Automotive Engineers – www.sae.org
United Negro College Fund – www.uncf.org/scholarships
American Geologic Institute – www.agiweb.org/mpp
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautic Found. – www.aiaa.org
American Institute of Architects – www.archfoundation.org
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – www.aicpa.org
American Respiratory Care Found. – www.arcfoundation.org
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Found. – www.truman.gov
Institute of Food Technologists – www.ift.org
National Federation for the Blind – www.nfb.org
National Society of Accountants – www.nsacct.org
National Society-Daughters of the American Revolution – www.dar.org
Native American Education Grants – email@example.com
Print & Graphics Sch. Found. (PGSF) – www.pgsf.org
Society of Women Engineers – www.swe.org