Scholarships for High School Students



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Scholarships for High School Students

  • Presented by
  • Neena Agnihotri
  • College Counselor
  • James Monroe High School

What Are Scholarships?

  • Scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education.
  • Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid.

How Are Scholarships Awarded?

  • Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:
    • The Basis of Financial Need
    • Academic Achievement
    • Community Involvement
    • Specific Talent
    • First Generation College Student

How Can I Get Scholarships For College?

  • The scholarship application process is similar to the college application process.
  • First, you should filter a large list of possible choices into a focused list that matches your needs.
  • Then create compelling applications that are supported by your achievements, essays, and recommendations.

Searching For Scholarships

  • Students should search for scholarships on their own using web sites and scholarship guides.
  • Some college scholarships and grants are included in college financial aid packages and do not need to be applied for separately.

Scholarship Application Tips

  • Start your research early.
  • The more time you can put into your scholarship search, the more options you will have.
  • You need time to research scholarships, request information and application materials, and complete your application.

Read Eligibility Requirements Carefully

  • If you have questions about eligibility for a particular scholarship, contact the scholarship sponsors.

Get Organized!

  • Create a separate file for each scholarship and file by application date.
  • Keep a calendar of application deadlines and follow-up appointments.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Many scholarships require you to provide the following:
  • Transcript
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Parents’ Financial Information, Including Tax Returns
  • An Essay
  • A Letter of Recommendation

Proofread Your Applications Carefully

  • Use your computer’s spelling and grammar check features.
  • Have a family member, teacher, counselor, or friend read your essays.

Don’t Leave Items Blank

  • Contact scholarship sponsors if you are not sure how to fill out any part of the application.
  • When in doubt, ask questions.

Follow Directions Carefully

  • Read directions carefully.
  • Avoid going over the length limit for the essay.
  • Don’t send supporting materials that are not requested in the application.

Make Copies

  • Be sure to make copies of everything you send.
  • If application materials are lost, having copies on hand makes it easier to resend your application quickly.

Double Check Your Application

  • If you are reusing material (such as a cover letter or essay) from another scholarship, check to make sure you haven’t left in any incorrect names or blank fields.
  • Don’t forget to sign and date your scholarship application.

Get Your Application In Early

  • You miss out if you miss deadlines
  • If you need to mail the scholarship application, consider using certified mail.

Scholarship Search Engines

  • www.fastweb.com
  • A comprehensive scholarship search engine
  • With his site, you can match scholarships that fit your specific criteria.
  • You will be notified when new awards, that match your profile, are added to their database.

Scholarship Search Engines

  • www.collegeboard.com
  • Lists 2,300 private scholarships, contests, internships, and loans for undergraduates

Scholarship Search Engines

  • www.finaid.org
  • Another comprehensive scholarship and financial aid site

Scholarship Search Engines

  • www.collegeanswer.com
  • Scholarships and tools that help families compare affordability of different colleges

Scholarship Opportunities

  • The College Office has up-to-date scholarship for high school students.
  • Scholarships are updated regularly, so come in monthly to get an updated scholarship list.

Scholarship Scams

  • Never pay for a scholarship or grant! Remember, scholarships and grants are free money.

Scholarship Scams

  • If you hear these lines from a scholarship service, you may be getting duped:
  • “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
  • “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
  • “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”

Scholarship Scams

  • “We’ll do the work for you.”
  • “The scholarship will cost money.”
  • “You’ve been selected to receive a scholarship.”

Scholarship Summary

  • Remember, nothing in life is free. You need to work for the rewards in life.
  • Follow the tips presented tonight to help offset your college costs.


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