Presentation on theme: "Scholarships for High School Students"— Presentation transcript:
1Scholarships for High School Students Presented byNeena AgnihotriCollege CounselorJames Monroe High School
2What Are Scholarships?Scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education.Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid.
3How Are Scholarships Awarded? Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:The Basis of Financial NeedAcademic AchievementCommunity InvolvementSpecific TalentFirst Generation College Student
4How 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.
5Searching 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.
6Scholarship 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.
7Read Eligibility Requirements Carefully If you have questions about eligibility for a particular scholarship, contact the scholarship sponsors.
8Get Organized!Create a separate file for each scholarship and file by application date.Keep a calendar of application deadlines and follow-up appointments.
9Scholarship Requirements Many scholarships require you to provide the following:TranscriptStandardized Test ScoresParents’ Financial Information, Including Tax ReturnsAn EssayA Letter of Recommendation
10Proofread Your Applications Carefully Use your computer’s spelling and grammar check features.Have a family member, teacher, counselor, or friend read your essays.
11Don’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.
12Follow 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.
13Make 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.
14Double 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.
15Get Your Application In Early You miss out if you miss deadlinesIf you need to mail the scholarship application, consider using certified mail.
16Scholarship Search Engines A comprehensive scholarship search engineWith 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.
17Scholarship Search Engines Lists 2,300 private scholarships, contests, internships, and loans for undergraduates
18Scholarship Search Engines Another comprehensive scholarship and financial aid site
19Scholarship Search Engines Scholarships and tools that help families compare affordability of different colleges
20Scholarship 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.
21Scholarship ScamsNever pay for a scholarship or grant! Remember, scholarships and grants are free money.
22Scholarship ScamsIf 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.”
23Scholarship Scams “We’ll do the work for you.” “The scholarship will cost money.”“You’ve been selected to receive a scholarship.”
24Scholarship SummaryRemember, 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.