Robin Belleville Assistant Director, Scholarships. Scholarship Programs. Timing - start early Complete each application carefully Answer every question Be aware of deadlines Maintain a scholarship search folder Never stop – always search for scholarships
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Assistant Director, Scholarships
Timing - start early
Complete each application carefully
Answer every question
Be aware of deadlines
Maintain a scholarship search
Never stop – always search for
Some scholarships have specific
criteria and some are generic
Scholarships – general tips
Although some scholarships are not based on academic achievement, do your best to excel in the classroom
Do more than what your major requires, be involved
Contact the Office of Campus Activities for ideas
Community service activities: do them, they’re fun!
Get involved in extracurricular activities and clubs
Looks great on a resume
Do the essay! It’s worth it (possibly required)! Check the guidelines for the essay; oftentimes, the selection committee is trying to get a feel for who you are, your family circumstance, your future plans and goals
Keep a copy of every scholarship application you submit; you might be able to re-use the application information or the essay
Apply! You won’t know if you’ll receive the scholarship unless you apply. YOU could be the only applicant who is eligible
Do NOT pay for a scholarship search. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Ask the Student Financial Aid Office about legitimate opportunities/questionable solicitations. That’s part of our job.
Scholarship search companies (who charge a fee) guarantee they’ll find you financial aid; what they don’t tell you is it’s in the form of loans every student is eligible for
Scholarships are updated in late fall/early spring online for the coming academic year.
Most have deadlines dates with some beginning January 1st.
Find a scholarship…contact your college office for application and deadline dates.
BGSU Colleges and Departments
Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS)
Student Support Services Program
Outside Scholarship Searches (no fee is charged)
Check out the Campus Update online, many notices are sent out to the campus community this way
Do a search online for your major, jobs in your major, employers or manufacturers of equipment used in your field of study
Look for trade-centered organizations: many offer educational incentives for students
VCT majors: look in advertising, marketing, theatre, film trade groups
Technology education majors: look in groups that provide textbooks/supplies to your demographic
Construction education majors: look up equipment manufacturers/servicers, trade groups
Look for state, regional (midwest/great lakes), and national organizations that pertain to your major
Some scholarship applications can be found on our Web site under:
(Watch those deadlines)
If a scholarship requires financial need, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid will need to be on file. You can file it electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov
Avoid being charged a fee to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Completing & Processing the FAFSA is FREE
If filing via FAFSA on the Web, be sure to go directly to www.fafsa.ed.gov
Questions? *Contact FAFSA: 1-800-433-3243 *Financial Aid Office
Each applicant is considered only for scholarships for which criteria are met
One scholarship application for 38 different funds!
Submit Foundation Application – deadline April 30, 2008
If demonstrated need is required, a FAFSA must be on file with our office at the time awards are made
BGSU Foundation Scholarships through SFA
February 29, 2008: College of Technology scholarship deadline
March 1, 2008: Priority filing deadline date; submit your FAFSA application by this date in order to be considered for maximum financial aid for the 2008-09 school year
April 30, 2008: SFA Foundation Scholarship Application deadline
If you have any additional questions,
please contact us at
Student Financial Aid
231 Administration Building
Secure email: https://sfa.bgsu.edu/sa/sfaconnect/login.asp