Scholarships are FREE financial aid that can be used to help pay for tuition, fees, housing & meals (depending on the scholarship). Scholarships do not have to be repaid and are typically earned by exhibiting strong academics, athletics, hobbies, background, leadership, and/or community service. There are scholarships available for all sorts of interests, activities, GPA's, and grade levels - it's never too early to start applying for scholarships!
Two types of scholarships:
1, Merit Based - only based upon your achievements
2. Need Based - based upon your achievements, but also consider your family's financial need to pay for college
Some scholarships are college or university specific. These are either awarded through the college application process, you are reviewed for them when you apply to a college and awarded them upon admissions without having to submit a separate application, OR you apply for them when you apply to the college (or sometimes after you are accepted) but they require you to submit an additional application or essay. If a college asks on it's application if you'd like to be considered for financial aid & scholarships, always select '"yes."
With scholarship search websites and programs, be sure to check the eligibility criteria, know what materials to submit, and know your deadlines.
- Be sure to check for scholarships and scholar programs at the college or university you are considering attending.
- Scholarships are everywhere. Make time to search and apply.
- Create/update your resume, some scholarships may ask for this.
- Consider asking two teachers to write a letter of recommendation for your scholarships.
- Don't be afraid of scholarships that require an essay. That is a great way to get your voice heard.
- Check with your employer or organization to see if they offer scholarships or tuition assistance.
Scholarship Search Websites
Create a profile and get matched with scholarships that you're eligible for based on their requirements.Fastweb
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