Online Scholarship Searches
online scholarship searches such as Fastweb to obtain
information about a variety of state-wide and national
using online searches as early as your freshman year in high
school. You may continue to use these search engines throughout
your college years.
initially logging in as a new user on Fastweb, you should be
prepared to complete a questionnaire which may take
approximately thirty minutes. You should answer all questions.
Immediately following completion of the questionnaire, you will
receive a list of scholarships for which you may qualify. You
should then begin applying for the scholarships for which you
feel most qualified. You are advised to click "No Thanks" when
advertisements appear on the computer screen while you are
completing the Fastweb questionnaire. You do not need to buy
anything in order to receive scholarship information from
Fastweb. This is a free service. Once you have registered with
Fastweb, you should regularly check your Fastweb account for new
scholarships and apply for those scholarships. If you do not
have internet access at home or school, remember that public
libraries have internet services.
the Web Links section and the Scholarships section of this web
site for more information about scholarships.
Merit scholarships are connected with PSAT scores from the
eleventh grade year. Although all students take the PSAT during
tenth grade, students need to retake the PSAT during eleventh
grade in order to be considered for merit scholarships connected
with the PSAT.
High SAT and ACT scores combined with a high grade point average
often result in merit scholarships.
Students should submit college applications as soon as possible
during the senior year. If you qualify for merit scholarship
competitions, the college will usually notify you. By waiting
until late in the school year to submit applications, you are
minimizing your chances of participating in some scholarship
competitions and honors programs. Submitting an application
early during your senior year also assures you that the colleges
will include you on mailing lists for important college
order to be considered for need-based scholarships, you must
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
during your senior year.
or submit FAFSA online as soon as possible after January 1 of
your senior year if you plan to attend a two-year college or a
four-year college. The FAFSA application will be available
online after January 1.
you apply online, make sure that you complete the FAFSA form for
the year that you will be in college.
Applying for Scholarships
Applying for scholarships is a time-consuming process. Devote at
least a couple of hours each week to your search for
scholarships during your senior year. Don't be surprised if you
never hear any results from national scholarships for which you
apply. Furthermore, don't be surprised if you apply for every
possible local scholarship and only win one or two. Think about
it; twenty people might apply for one local scholarship; only
one wins. Don't be discouraged. Be proud to win, even if it's
just one win among countless attempts.
some generic information about yourself in order to prepare for
scholarship searches. For example, write a short essay
explaining your career goals and educational aspirations.
Include explanations about your need for financial aid. Also,
type a list of school activities and a list of community
service, organized by grade level. Save all lists and essays on
a computer disk for easy revision throughout the school year.
Bold headings (such as Career Goals, School Activities,
Community Service, and Financial Need) are helpful to
scholarship committee members.
for Completing Scholarship Applications
possible, type scholarship applications so that they will be
attractive and easy to read. If you are unable to type
applications, neatly complete applications, using an ink color
specified in the directions. If an ink color is not specified,
use blue or black ink.
Answer all questions on scholarship forms.
Follow all directions precisely.
Include any additional information which will be helpful to the
scholarship committee unless attachments are prohibited.
neither of your parents attended college, then you are a
first-generation college student. Be sure to mention this in
your scholarship essay if it applies to you.
you are not an only child, mention the number of brothers and
sisters that you have in your scholarship essay. If two or more
children will be attending college at the same time, mention
that fact in your scholarship essay.
your family has unusual medical bills or expenses, explain the
circumstances in your scholarship essay.
Proofread applications. Correct all spelling mistakes and
Submit applications early. Do not wait until the deadline.
Remember to be persistent. You can't obtain scholarships if you
never complete applications.
thank-you notes to local organizations which give you
Grants and Scholarships
Work-study money is earned through part-time
work. Jobs are arranged by college employees in charge of
the work-study program.
Students may keep work-study money or apply
it toward tuition or other college costs.
Beware of scholarship scams. Do not deal with companies which
promise or "guarantee" scholarship money.
not pay for scholarship information. It is readily available
free of charge.
applying for scholarships that require you to pay processing
not believe telephone callers who claim that you are a finalist
or a winner of a scholarship for which you never applied.
not give your credit card or bank account number to the caller
in order to "hold" your scholarship.