Presentation on theme: "Project Achieve: An Innovative Educational Student Support Service"— Presentation transcript:
1Project Achieve: An Innovative Educational Student Support Service Scholarship Information
2What You Need to know How to organize your search How to find scholarshipsWhat are the keys to success when you apply
3VocabularyScholarship/Grant-money you receive for school that you DO NOT need to pay back.Loan-money that you HAVE TO pay back.
4Who do you go to for help?? Project Achieve Advisor Financial Aid OfficeUNO AdvisorUNO Writing CenterNew Student Orientation
5Federal Financial AidNumber one source of assistance that does not have to be paid back.Apply by filling out Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) online atGrants are awarded based on need.Filling out FAFSA also qualifies you for state grants.Important website:
7Planning Your Search Identify the sources you will use. Keep track of the information you gather.Manage your time accordingly.How much time are you willing to devote to your scholarship search?How much money do you need to get?
8Organizing Your Search Use “The Mechanics of Scholarship Writing” workshop to: Complete Personal Data Sheet for writing essays and answering questions.Track Scholarship applications and deadlines.Request recommendations.Create a game plan.
9Two Methods for finding Scholarships! “Networking”Internet searching
10“Networking”Finding scholarships through talking to people with who you have some connection. Ex. Employers, Unions, Churches, Military, Local businesses, Clubs, etc.Advantages-Less competition-Personal connectionsDisadvantages-More work finding them
11Internet SearchingUsing Internet databases to match information about yourself with possible scholarships. Ex.AdvantagesMany scholarships (500,000+)Can search any time of the day and/or nightDisadvantagesHighly competitive (lots of applicants)Impersonal
12Institutional Scholarships Each institution has a system for awarding scholarships to students planning to attend their institution. Ex.UNO’s Scholarship Page-Check with the financial aid office at the Institution(s) you are planning to attend.Some scholarships are awarded through individual departments/colleges within a university so check with them also.
13Project Achieve TRIO Scholarships & Grants TRIO Grant Aid -Eligible to students who are freshmen and sophomores, are active in Project Achieve programs and who have received a Pell-Grant as part of their financial-aid package. Information about the grant-aid are ed to eligible students to come by the Project Achieve Office to fill out the grant-aid application.Project Achieve/William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation Scholarship -Eligible students include freshmen through seniors who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better and have a financial need. A minimum of ten ($750.00) scholarships will be awarded for fall semester. Official scholarship notification and instructions are ed to students during the month of February.
14Private ScholarshipsMany organizations and individuals set up scholarships.Requirements for getting these scholarships will vary.Think of organizations you or your parents might be involved with and ask about scholarships. Ex. Lions Club, Churches, Unions, Rotary, Fraternities, SororitiesUNO scholarships:
15Tools You Can UseScholarship search materials in Project Achieve Office, Financial Aid Office, and Individual Colleges on campus.“Scholarships 101”Set up your “game plan”Successful applicationScholarship search enginesLetter to request scholarship information
16Websites for Scholarship Searching Scholarship Search Websites:
17Scholarship Scams- Make sure you read the fine print! “This scholarship is guaranteed or your money back”“The scholarship service will do all the work”“The scholarship will cost some money”“You can’t get this information anywhere else”“You’re the finalist”…in a contest you never entered or “You have been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship”“The scholarship service needs your credit card or checking number in advance”
18What Is Your Timeline? Getting scholarships takes time. Many scholarships are due by March 1st or beforePlan time for:SearchingWriting essaysRequesting referencesGathering materials and organizing (transcripts, etc.)
19Writing Applications & Essays Pull information from Personal Data SheetResearch the organization giving the scholarshipWhat are they looking for? Sample AnnouncementGive them a reason to like you (Brainstorm)Have at least one person edit your essayAnswer the question!Find something unique to tell about yourself(Ex. Experience you had that helped you decide to go into your field of study)(Sample Personal Statements)Actions verbs - Use them!
20Reference LettersRequest references from people who can write you a good letterPrepare a Reference Letter Data SheetGive two weeks for the person to prepare the letterMake that date at least one week before you intend to mail your applicationSend a thank you letter immediately and update them when you receive notice
21It’s hard work but it pays!! Good Luck!! Happy Hunting!!
22Project Achieve: An Innovative Educational Student Support Service Scholarship Information