"Where To Find Scholarships"
If you take a look around
yourself, youíll find scholarships. Donít believe us? Think about all of the
groups, clubs, businesses, churches and organizations in your community. Each of
these is a potential source for scholarships. On SuperCollege.com, we offer the
most comprehensive directory of scholarships possible, but there are always new
scholarships established that we havenít yet uncovered. Hereís how to find
Counselor Or Financial Aid Office. If you are a high school
student, start with your school counselor. Make an appointment to discuss
financial aid. Before your appointment, prepare information about your familyís
financial background. Think about what kind of college you want to attend and
what special interests or talents you have that would make you eligible for
special scholarships. Explain your background to your counselor and ask for
suggestions of where to find scholarships that match your experience. Ask if
there are any scholarships for which your counselor can nominate you.
you are an entering freshman or a current college student, make an appointment
with your schoolís financial aid advisor. For your appointment, think about what
interests and talents you have that may apply to scholarships, and take a copy
of your financial aid application as background. Mention any special
circumstances about your familyís financial situation. Ask your advisor for
recommendations of scholarships offered by the college or by community
organizations. Inquire about being nominated for scholarships that fit your
Itís important whenever you speak to a counselor (either in
high school or college) that you inquire about scholarships that require
nomination. Often these scholarships are easier to win since the applicant pool
is smaller. The largest hurdle is to get nominated. You have nothing to lose by
asking, and if anything, it shows how serious you are about financing your
Scholarship Directories. Go the old fashioned route and
get a hold of a scholarship directory book. (Subliminal hint: Weíve written that
you can purchase in our Books & Resources Store). These directories will
provide lists of scholarships that you can peruse to find those that fit your
background and experience.
School Activities. One unexpected
benefit of participating in activities might be a scholarship sponsored by the
organization. Inquire with the officers or advisors of the organization about a
scholarship fund. Bands, newspapers, academic clubs, athletic organizations, and
service organizations often have scholarships that are awarded to outstanding
Community Organizations. If you think about what you do
outside of school as well, you will find another potential source of
scholarships. But donít limit yourself to only organizations that you belong to.
Community groups often sponsor scholarships that are open to all students who
live in the community. Open a phone book and call the five largest organizations
in your area. Chances are that at least one will offer a
Employer. Many businesses that employ young people
offer scholarships as a way to reward students like you who both study and work.
Ask your manager if your employer has a scholarship fund and how you can
Parentsí Employer. Companies often award scholarships to
the children of their employees as a benefit for their employment. Your parents
should speak with someone in their Human Resources department about scholarships
and other educational programs offered by their company.
Union. Some unions sponsor scholarships for the children of their members.
Your parents should speak with the union officers about scholarships and other
educational programs sponsored by the union.
Organizations. Are your parents involved in civic or other local
organizations? These organizations may offer scholarships for members. For
example, service, political, ethnic, and recreational organizations often offer
Church Or Religious Organization. Religious
organizations may provide scholarships for members. If you or your parents are
members of a religious organization, check with the leaders to see if
scholarships are offered.
Local Government. Some cities and
counties provide scholarships specifically designated for local students. Call
your city hall to see if there are any funds set up for students like
Local Businesses. Local business owners want to see students
in their community succeed and some have set up scholarship funds as a way to
thank customers and customersí children. Contact your local chamber of commerce
to see if there are local businesses that offer scholarships for students in the
Local Newspaper. Some local newspapers make
announcements about local students who win scholarships. Keep a record of the
scholarships printed or go to your library and look at back issues of the
newspaper. Contact the sponsoring organization to see if youíre eligible to
enter the next competition.
Internet. In addition to the
scholarship database on SuperCollege.com, check out other resources on the
Internet for finding scholarships such as search engines and other free
scholarship search sites. One of the most powerful things about online
scholarship directories is that they can be updated at any time. Thus, if you
search an online scholarship directory you can find up-to-date information on
Good luck on your money hunt!
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