Scholarships – The search for scholarships and the application process can be time consuming, but the payoff can be huge! Imagine if you spend 10 hours working on 10 scholarship applications. Even if you only earn one $500 scholarship for 10 hours of work, it still amounts to a payoff of $50 per hour for the time invested.
Scholarships can be divided into 3 general categories: Academic/Merit Scholarships, Departmental Scholarships, and Private Scholarships.
Academic/Merit scholarships are awarded by each college institution based on the qualifications of your school application. These typically include a percentage off the school tuition, and can sometimes include other benefits as well.
Departmental Scholarships are money that each department has to distribute among students who enroll in a particular program or major at that school. These require separate application and can be found typically within your department's web pages. These scholarship applications are typically due by February 1st so don't wait until you have finalized your school choice!
Private Scholarships include all other scholarships. Individual donors, organizations, companies, etc. who are interested, can create a scholarship fund. These groups/individuals determine the eligibility requirements, deadlines, winners, etc. Many private scholarship opportunities are listed on each high school's scholarship page, usually located under counseling. Others can be found on scholarship search engines such as the ones listed below.
Boost your scholarship chances by building a strong community service resume. The following organizations can help you find local opportunities to volunteer your time and build a record of service that can help you get a scholarship: