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SCHOLARSHIPS. How do I get one? . Types of Financial Aid. Grants – Federal and State awarded on financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

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scholarships

SCHOLARSHIPS

How do I get one?

types of financial aid
Types of Financial Aid
  • Grants – Federal and State awarded on financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
  • Scholarships – Private aid awarded on specific competitive criteria (i.e. grades, major, affiliations, work, financial need etc.)
  • Loans – Government supported and private loans that must be paid back with interest.
cost of obtaining a scholarship
COST OF OBTAINING A SCHOLARSHIP

Is free money always free?

  • Time
  • Effort
  • Privacy
  • Restrictions
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TIME

Recommend 1hour* per week for college career

*may need to spend 1-3 hours per week for the first three months of your scholarship search

effort
EFFORT
  • Type All Applications
  • Write Quality Essays
  • Projects and Portfolios
  • Tracking System
  • Thank You Cards
  • Attendance at Special Functions
privacy
PRIVACY
  • student and parent tax information (most scholarships require a FASFA to be filed)
  • release of email and mailing information (most free scholarship searches require access to mailing and email)
  • participation/qualifications (scholarships require proof of participation or qualification of criteria)
restrictions
RESTRICTIONS
  • DEADLINES – vary greatly and are FIRM
  • Qualifying criteria
  • Income
  • Geographic
how to get started with a scholarship search
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH A SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH?
  • Know thy self
  • Know thy family
  • Join
  • Participate
know thy self
KNOW THY SELF
  • Decide on a major and/or career
  • Know what you like and dislike
  • Hobbies
  • Special skills and talents
  • Future goals
know thy family
KNOW THY FAMILY
  • Genealogy
  • Parents affiliations professional and personal
  • Parents employment history
  • Parents military record
  • Church affiliation
join in
JOIN IN!
  • Join school groups and clubs
  • Join community groups
  • Join church activities
  • Encourage parents to join groups/clubs
participate
PARTICIPATE!!!!!!
  • DO NOT BE A LOG JAM FOR AN ORGANIZATION –If you join --- participate
  • Aspire to a leadership role in the organization
where do i find scholarships
WHERE DO I FIND SCHOLARSHIPS?

www.fastweb.com

www.hsf.net

www.valenciacollege.org/scholarship

Collegeprowler.com/

tracking systems
TRACKING SYSTEMS
  • Journal tracking
  • Index card tracking
  • Database tracking

NOTE: Track name of scholarship, deadline date, date you submitted application, etc.

essays that knock em dead
ESSAYS THAT KNOCK’EM DEAD
  • Written following standard grammar and punctuation
  • Easy to follow flow
  • Discuss goals and philosophy
  • Connect your goals with organization’s mission
  • Research organization
contests
CONTESTS
  • Prize money
  • Artifact for portfolio
  • Demonstrates your abilities/talents
  • Provides you experience in competitions

NOTE: many contest have small fees – always research contest to ensure authenticity.

portfolio
PORTFOLIO
  • Demonstrates you are willing to go above and beyond
  • Enables you to provide additional artifacts of your skills/talents
  • Electronic portfolio allows for easy use (my portfolio or facts.org)
cautions
CAUTIONS
  • Social networks
  • Web persona
  • Do not exaggerate
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