Scholarships are gifts and they do not need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations. You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you are planning to attend or by checking their website.
Make sure scholarship information and offers that you receive are legitimate. NEVER pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
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Students should be actively searching for ways to finance their post-secondary education through scholarships.
To get organized, make a separate file for scholarships, sort list by due dates and gather all the items you may need ahead of time (transcript, test scores, financial aid forms, essay, letter of recommendation etc.). Below are some quick tips to help you in the scholarship application process.
- Research – start early, completing applications takes time. Pay attention to the deadlines as you may have to gather more information.
- Eligibility Requirements & Instructions – if you have questions about whether you qualify, it is always best to contact the scholarship sponsor. Make sure you include everything that is required.
- Double Check – before you send your application make sure you have filled in all the blanks, check to make sure your answers are readable and proofread your essay.
- Copies – having copies makes it easier to resend quick if materials get lost.