Scholarships are a type of financial aid awarded to students to be used for financing their post-secondary education. They help defray the cost of college attendance and do not have to be repaid. Scholarships are available from a variety of sources including colleges or universities you plan to attend, major corporations, parents’ employers, internet searches, etc. In addition, local community and county organizations realize the importance of post-secondary education and offer a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to deserving seniors.
Each scholarship opportunity is its own entity with different deadlines, criteria, and supplemental materials to be included for consideration (letters of recommendation, essays, transcript, etc.). Scholarships may be based on financial need, academic or other merit, minority status, religious preference, etc. The quest for scholarships is particularly competitive in this difficult economic time, especially if your ACT score, GPA, class rank and academic course load has not been particularly rigorous.
Although the quest for scholarships is not difficult, it does require a great deal of organization and diligence in order to meet deadlines and maintain files (dates of submission, criteria for each scholarship, date to claim award, follow up contact information, etc.). This makes it extremely important to have some sort of organizational process in place to record the scholarships applied for. For this reason, a Scholarship Application Tracker is included in the Senior Success Guide that all seniors receive in early fall. Additional copies of the form can be printed by clicking the following: Scholarship Application Tracker.