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Dear Colleagues and Students: A lack of financial resources can be a major barrier to post-secondary education for minority group members. This handbook is designed to assist minority students, as well as counselors and faculty advisors who assist minority students, with opportunities to ensure access to higher education. Specifically, this handbook provides a description of programs to which students may apply directly. Some of the applications are also available from Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wyoming.
This handbook contains information for incoming freshmen through baccalaureate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. Program types range from essay awards, loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study programs to postdoctoral fellowships and research grants. This diversity of program types enables students to locate programs suited to their particular area of interest, eligibility qualifications, and educational goals.
This handbook is arranged by 1) general educational opportunities for specific minority or underrepresented groups, and 2) opportunities at UW. Students should read eligibility requirements carefully and apply only if they meet those qualifications.
We hope that this handbook, will serve as a useful resource for both students and administrators alike.
Please feel free to contact the Multicultural Affairs staff, if you are interested in additional information regarding the types of financial assistance available at the University of Wyoming. Finally, suggestions for improvements and additions to make this handbook more useful to counselors and students are always welcome.
Conrad L. Chavez
Manager, Multicultural Affairs
117 Knight Hall
P.O. Box 3168
Laramie, Wyoming 82071-3168
Phone: (307) 766-6193
Fax: (307) 766-2157
Web Page: http://www.uwyo.edu/oma
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LETTER TO STUDENTS
Dear Student: Preparing for your college education can be exciting and challenging! There are new people to meet, new places to go, and many applications to complete. One of the most important applications you will complete is for your financial assistance. Obtaining assistance based on financial need is a reality for many college-bound students and requires careful planning, preparation, and perseverance.
When you plan for your entrance into higher education, Multicultural Affairs at the University of Wyoming (UW) encourages you to take the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in the Fall semester (October or December). This will ensure that your test scores are processed and returned in time for scholarship consideration by UW. ACT and SAT scores are often part of the criteria for scholarship selection and take 4-5 weeks to be processed and returned, so if you do not take the ACT or SAT, early enough, you may not be considered for certain scholarship opportunities. If you are a high school junior, you can take the PLAN and PSAT in the spring of your junior year because it is used for some scholarship requirements. You can benefit by making plans to take an early ACT! In addition, you must complete the UW Application for Financial Aid to be considered for grants and scholarships at UW. In addition to this form, you need to complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the first two weeks of January. The FAFSA can be obtained in December from your high school or college counselor, or from the UW Office of Student Financial Aid, http://www.uwyo.edu/SFA/, P.O. Box 3335, Laramie, WY 82071-3335. It is important that you realize that the priority deadline for return of your completed and processed financial need information to UW is March 1. Because it takes 4-6 weeks to process the FAFSA, the earlier you get it mailed the better! You must not mail the FAFSA until after January 1, but at least by January 15 to meet the priority deadline. You may estimate your income figures, if necessary. The FAFSA is also now available on the World Wide Web and in electronic form for your use at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
After your FAFSA is mailed and processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that must be signed and returned immediately. To be considered for most need-based aid, the FAFSA results must be received by the March 1st deadline for priority consideration. Once UW receives your FAFSA results, the financial aid staff will begin to put together a financial aid package dependent upon your eligibility and need. If your materials are received after March 1 and you have financial need, you may only be considered for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loan, and Federal Supplemental Loan Programs.
The financial assistance process is one small step toward a brighter future. The deadlines may seem overwhelming and confusing but if you plan, prepare, and persevere, it is much easier than you think! Most of all, maintain contact with the Financial Aid Office at UW. Don’t delay! Plan today!
Conrad L. Chavez
Manager, Multicultural Affairs
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TIPS ON APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Look for Scholarships and Information Everywhere: Use every reference source available to you.
Visit the financial aid office at your university.
Visit the Dean’s office in your department and/or college.
Visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs at your university.
Go to your school library and public library for scholarship books.
Clearly emphasize your ambitions, motives, and what makes you different from other applicants.
Apply as far in advance as possible and stay in touch.
Forward any information received after the application is sent (such as: transcripts, awards received or recommendations). The more information they have on you, the better your chances are for receiving a scholarship.
Write legibly. If you can type, type the forms. It looks more professional.
Do not leave blank spaces on the scholarship form; enter “Not Applicable” instead.
Avoid spelling errors.
Be as accurate as possible.
If a personal statement is required, have someone proofread your statement.
Types of Awards: Contests – Give some consideration to contests during your scholarship search. However, realize that contests require much more time and effort.
Scholarships – Financial award that is paid either directly to the student or to the college the student is attending. Based on potential or demonstrated talent in a particular field of study or endeavor.
Loans – Require re-payment of money and are usually offered on a competitive basis by a private-sector source.
Fellowships – Offered to graduate and professional level of college study. Based on undergraduate level of scholastic accomplishments, or professional potential of student.