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How to $cholarship $enior Advisory
- Purpose: Get you in the game!
- Help you to understand the types of scholarships available.
- Offer tools and advice for finding college scholarships.
- Give you tips on scholarship essay writing.
- Let’s start with the basics!
- Grants and scholarships are money you do not need to pay back.
- Free Money!!!
- Loans must be paid back. Federal loans have lower interest and more flexible repayment plans.
- Sources of grants and scholarships
- Federal Government
- State Government (DOE)
- Institutions and Colleges
- Private Donors
Need-based grants: determined, in part, on information submitted on the FAFSA Merit-based scholarships: granted based on SAT scores, GPA, skills, achievements, other criteria.
- Types of grants and scholarships
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to help determine eligibility for need-based federal funding programs, including grants and loans.
- Federal Pell Grant (2016: $5,815 maximum)
- Federal SEOG Grant ($100-$4,000)
- Apply online after October 1. www.fafsa.gov
- State of Delaware Financial Aid Programs
- Apply online at:
- Create your Student Account
- 2. Apply for Scholarships before deadline
- 3. Explore the Delaware Scholarship Compendium for State of Delaware and private scholarships:
- Class rank
- GPA , weighted, un-weighted
- SAT Scores
- Amount offered
- Application process
Other questions to ask:
- Is it renewable?
- Can I receive more than once
- Is it need based
- How many are awarded?
- What are the requirements to keep or renew scholarship.
- SEED: UD Associate’s degree or DTCC associate’s programs – full tuition for 6 semesters toward AA Degree
- 2.5 GPA
- No felonies
- Delaware resident and graduate from a DE high school
- Attend college full time directly after senior year
- SEED Application:
- UD January 15, Regular application for associate’s
- DTCC April 15, SEED- no longer a separate application!
- INSPIRE: Delaware State University Provides up to $3,720/year above all other awards if needed for 3 years.
- Full time
- Community service
- Due March 15, FAFSA required!
Individual College Scholarships
- Colleges will determine amount of federal funding plus their own institutional aid
- Schools differ widely on aid amounts-Private colleges tend to offer more free money
- Talk to an admissions or FA counselor about scholarships you can apply for.
- Check out the college’s net price calculator
- The Delaware Scholarship Compendium
- Lists scholarships by alphabet and deadline date from:
- Corporations and local businesses
- Sororities and fraternities
- National and local service/trade organizations etc.
- Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Compendium
- Lists over 80 scholarships
- Online Application available late fall.
- Each year member organizations of the M.O.T community offer local scholarships.
- Each scholarship has varying requirements and can be need based, merit based, or both.
- Local scholarships are posted in schoology and on the MHS website as they become available.
- Do not pay for scholarship information!
- Internet is the #1 FREE source for scholarships.
- Search based on:
- Interests and activities
- Location….and more!
Get your head in the game!
- Be specific in your search.
- Read carefully. Don’t waste your time.
- Small amounts can add up. Don’t overlook them!
- NEVER pay to access scholarship info or apply for a scholarship
- The Application/Scholarship Essay
- Leave it all on the court!
- Put your best foot forward and let your scholarship reader get to know you as the fantastic person you are!
- What they want to know about you!
- Your views and opinions.
- Your values-what’s important to you?
- What have you learned in life and how you have applied those lessons?
- DON’T FORGET
- All the conventions of good writing apply. Use accepted grammar, punctuation and spelling. Don’t lose points!
- Shorter, interesting paragraphs are easier and more pleasant to read than long ones.
- Follow instructions! Keep to the length, minimum and maximum.
- Do not use a generic essay. Each essay must fit the prompt.
- If you have a choice, choose an essay in your comfort area.
- Start well in advance.
- Create a support team, include parents and teachers. Let them read and evaluate your work!
- A “Writing Buddy” is a great resource to bounce ideas and provide support.
- Check the MHS website or Schoology REGULARLY!!
- SURF THE WEB!!!
- Search Using Career Cruising
- Follow up with your guidance counselor
- Drop by to see Ms. Williams (Career Counselor)
- Don’t leave FREE money on the table!
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