Utilizing Your Resources
You’ve decided you want to start looking for scholarships, but you don’t know where to begin. Yikes! Scholarship searching can be a daunting and extensive process, but by utilizing the right resources, you can make the process easier and ultimately successful.
- Guidance Counselors. Not only are they good resources for college information, but they’re also excellent people to talk to about scholarships! They may know of scholarship opportunities offered by your high school or local community organizations, clubs, or businesses.
- Friends. Chances are your friends are also looking for ways to pay for college. You don’t have to search for scholarships alone: Ask your friends what scholarships they’re applying for. Ask your Twitter and Facebook friends if they know of any scholarships. You could even put together a group of your friends and search for scholarships together.
- Relatives and Neighbors. Don’t forget about your relatives. They might be members of an organization that offers scholarships. Try to also make connections with neighbors or other members of your community. You might find, for example, someone who is involved in a local non-profit that offers scholarships.
- Teachers. If you have a college major in mind, try talking with a teacher in an area similar to what you’re interested in. They may know about scholarship opportunities that are specific to their area of study. It’s also important to be on good terms with your teachers because they make excellent references for scholarships that require recommendations or nominations.
- Coaches. If you’re on an athletic team at your school, your coach is a good resource. They may know about scholarships that are available for students who are involved in athletics.
- Organizations. Are you part of an organization or club, such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, DECA, or the National Honor Society? Whatever organization you’re involved in, they may offer scholarships to their members. Scope out the organization’s website for information or ask your guidance counselor.
- College and Career Centers. Many high schools have college and/or career centers. If you have access to a place like this and haven’t been there yet, it’s about time you checked it out. They offers lots of information on colleges, careers, and even scholarships.
- College Financial Aid Offices. When you visit college campuses, make sure to stop by their financial aid office and ask about the scholarships they have available. Lots of colleges also list these scholarships in the Financial Aid section of their website.
- Libraries. Your local public library can be an excellent source for scholarship information. Libraries have books, guides, and electronic databases that could aid your search. Paper applications for the FAFSA are also available at the library.
- Community Centers. The community center in your area might have information about local scholarships or may have established a scholarship fund themselves.
- Churches. Sometimes churches offer scholarships to their members. If you attend a church, check to see if they have any scholarship opportunities for you. The national website for your religious denomination might also list scholarships you could qualify for.
- Employers. Your employer or your parent’s employer may offer scholarships. Contact the Human Resources department to find out.
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Take advantage of every resource and you’ll see that the perfect scholarships are out there waiting for you. All you have to do is find them!