DID YOU KNOW? • According to the National Commission on Student Financial Assistance, $7 billion is available for students to fund their education, but only $400 million of it is claimed.
STEPS TO GET A SCHOLARSHIP • Be a Scholarship Worthy Student • Find the Scholarship • Apply for the Scholarship
BE A SCHOLARSHIP WORTHY STUDENT! • Maintain a good G.P.A (above a 3.0). • Involve yourself in school clubs and organizations. • Get a job related to your major. • Involve yourself in the community.
FIND THE SCHOLARSHIP • INTERNET WEB SITES • SCHOOL LIBRARY • MAJOR DEPARTMENT • ADVISER • BOOKS
FIND THE SCHOLARSHIPINTERNET WEB SITES • Go to a Search Engine (www.yahoo.com or www.google.com for example) and search for the word “Scholarship.” You will be given a list of websites. • Go directly to a website that has been recommended to you from another source (your adviser, major department, etc.).
INTERNET WEB SITE RECOMMENDATIONS • www.fastweb.com • www.collegenet.com • www.galaxymall.com/scholarships • www.scholarships.com • www.collegescholarships.com • www.freschinfo.com • www.collegefunds.net
FIND THE SCHOLARSHIPSCHOOL LIBRARY • Find your School Library’s Reference Page • Type in “Scholarship” in the subject section. • You will be given a list of pertinent books and articles.
FIND THE SCHOLARSHIPMAJOR DEPARTMENT AND ADVISER • Go to your major department or adviser and ask about scholarships pertinent to your major. • They will usually have a file of scholarships or knowledge of where to get a list of scholarships in your major.
FIND THE SCHOLARSHIPBOOKS • There are thousands of books written on this subject. • Visit a bookstore or library and you’ll be sure to find great sources on Scholarships.
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP(www.fastweb.com as an example) • The website is self-explanatory. • You will be taken through a series of steps including filling out a self-profile by which they will base which scholarships are right for you. • More hobbies and and interests means more options for scholarships that are available to you.
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP (continued) • Each scholarship will include a web site or address where you can go to to get more information. • Download the scholarship form off the website. • Print out at least two copies of the scholarship (one to practice on and one on high quality paper to mail off).
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP (continued) • Fill out one scholarship by hand to insure that all the information is correct. • Type the next one or, if possible, fill in the blanks directly on the computer. • Have someone reliable check the copy for spelling and grammar mistakes. • Make corrections as necessary and print out a final TYPED copy. • Make photocopies of final copy.
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPTHE ESSAY • Be sincere because it will show. • Be clear and concise. • Don’t make it too long. • Have a teacher check your work . • Print it on high quality paper.
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPLETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION • It is best to get letters of recommendation from varying sources. • Some good choices are two letters from teachers in your major, your major adviser, and your employer.
APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPSENDING IT OFF • Make sure to keep track of deadlines and send it on time. • Make sure everything is printed on the same high quality type of paper. • Print the address on the envelope if possible. • Mail it off!
IF YOU RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP • Be sure to read the congratulation letter carefully for follow up instructions that may affect your receipt of the scholarship. • Write thank you letters to the scholarship donor whether required to do so or not as a form or courtesy and professionalism.