Good starting points include:
- Senior Newsletter
- Computer Programs
- Career Room
- Parents' Work
- Scholarship Books
- Community Organizations
What scholarships look for:
Academics, SAT/ACT scores, community service, leadership, course selection, rank in class, recommendations, talent, athletic ability.
Be sure to note eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines.
Please do not apply if you do not meet the stated requirements.
Keep grades and test scores (SAT/ACT) up.
Most agencies that award scholarships receive many applications. This makes the process more competitive. You may be satisfied with your scores, however, they may not be high enough to meet the scholarship requirements. Scholarships usually go to the students with the highest GPA and test scores.
Gather all information together to be sent in.
If letters of recommendation are required, choose the person who knows you the best and give them at least 10-14 days advance notice.
Keep up with deadlines!
A late application will not be considered.
Apply for need-based financial aid.
Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid--available after January 1, 2013) and any other financial aid forms that are required.
Contact colleges and request their scholarship information.
The majority of scholarship money comes from the school itself! You do not have to wait until you have been accepted to a college to investigate scholarships.
Polish your scholarship applications.
Your scholarship application represents you. Neatly print or type your application. If an essay is required, be sure it is error-free.
Keep a copy of every application you submit.
Submit your name for nomination.
A lot of scholarships request that one name from the school be submitted for nomination. If you feel you would be a good candidate for a specific scholarship, give your name to Mr. Berrong. The SHS faculty and administration review all information and choose the best candidate for that scholarship.
Remember, scholarships are competitive!
Do not let this keep you from completing the applications. You never know when you may be the one.
Do not discard a scholarship because of its small amount!!!
Small scholarships add up to large ones!!!
Seniors interested in applying for scholarships announced through the School Counseling Office will need to go to the Guidance Office to obtain an application.