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 Some scholarships have specific criteria and some are generic LOANS GRANTS WORKSTUDY SCHOLARSHIPS 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 Scholarship To Do’s
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…)
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
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?
BGSU Colleges and Departments Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) Student Support Services Program Multicultural Office Parent Employers Scholarship Sources
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…)
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…)
Some scholarship applications can be found on our Web site under: FORMS and SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS (Watch those deadlines) Scholarships
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?
FAFSA on the Web’s Homepage 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 CAUTION!
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 Important financial aid dates
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