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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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Robin Belleville

Assistant Director, Scholarships

Scholarship Programs


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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

Some scholarships have specific

criteria and some are generic

LOANS

GRANTS

WORKSTUDY

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships – general tips


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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

Scholarship To Do’s


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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

Scholarship To Do’s (cont…)


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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

Scholarship Don’ts


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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.

When do I begin my search?


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BGSU Colleges and Departments

Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS)

Student Support Services Program

Multicultural Office

Parent Employers

Scholarship Sources


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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

Scholarship Sources (cont…)


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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

Scholarship Sources (cont…)


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Some scholarship applications can be found on our Web site under:

FORMS

and

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

(Watch those deadlines)

Scholarships


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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

What if a scholarship requires financial need?


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FAFSA on the Web’s Homepage

www.fafsa.ed.gov


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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

CAUTION!


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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


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Searchable Scholarship Guide


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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

Important financial aid dates


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College of TechnologyScholarship Program Concluded

If you have any additional questions,

please contact us at

Student Financial Aid

231 Administration Building

Phone: 419-372-2651

Secure email: https://sfa.bgsu.edu/sa/sfaconnect/login.asp


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