Scholarships: It Isn’t Too Early To Start Searching
Scholarships are gifts and they don't need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.
What kinds of scholarships are available?
Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need.
Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people; for instance, there are scholarships for women or high school seniors. Some scholarships are available because of where you or your parent work, or because you come from a certain background (for instance, there are scholarships for military families).
A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it’ll help reduce the cost of your education.
How do I find scholarships?
You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including checking information in a public library or online. But be careful. Make sure scholarship information and offers you receive are legitimate; and remember that you don't have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.
Here are a few places to find information about scholarships:
- At the university you attend—2015 Foundation Scholarship Opportunities for New Students and 2015 LHU Foundation Scholarship Opportunities for Returning Students
- Your High School Guidance Office
- An Online Scholarship Search Engine-- U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
- Your state education agency -- for Pennsylvania students it is the PA Foundation Inc.
- Your library’s reference section
- Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
- Organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
- Ethnicity-based organizations
- Your employer or your parents’ employers
When do I apply for scholarships?
That depends on each scholarship’s deadline. Some deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years. But if you’ve missed that window, don’t give up! Look at scholarship information to see which ones you can still apply for now.
Please Note: The 2015 LHU Foundation Scholarship Applications are due Friday, February 13, 2015. To apply, please see the 2015 LHU Foundation Scholarship Opportunities page.
How do I apply for and receive scholarships?
Applying for scholarships is a lot like applying to colleges. You start with a large number of possibilities and cut that down to a short list of choices. Then you have to complete and submit applications that include essays, recommendations and lists of achievements that highlight your best qualities.
You may hear various suggestions about the best way to apply for and receive scholarships. The truth is what works for one person may not work for another. There are no secrets to applying. The best advice is to use common sense and follow directions.
Here are a few key points that every student can follow when applying for scholarships:
- Participate in activities outside the classroom- Participation in extracurricular activities, part-time employment and community service may lead to more scholarship opportunities for you.
- Don’t Miss Deadlines- Some scholarships have deadlines early in the fall of senior year. Mark the due dates on your calendar and work your way backward to figure out how much time you’ll have to get each piece of the application finished.
- Start Your Research Early- Researching scholarships, requesting information and application materials, and completing applications all take time.
- Check with your employer- Many employers sponsor scholarship programs for employees and their dependents.
- Read Eligibility Requirements Carefully- If you have a question about whether you qualify for a certain scholarship, contact the scholarship sponsor. There’s no point in applying for a scholarship you’re not eligible to receive.
- Get Organized- Make a separate file for each scholarship and sort the files by application due dates. You should also gather the items you’ll need to apply.
- Follow Instructions- Stick to the word limit for the essay. If supporting materials are not requested in the application, don’t send them.
- Submit a Complete Application- Be sure to submit all of the required items.
- Write one really good essay- Be sure the essay addresses the key requirements for the scholarship and focuses on attributes other than academics. You can use the essay for multiple scholarships, although you may need to revise it slightly for different awards.
- Keep Copies of Everything- Having a copy of your scholarship application makes it easy to resend quickly if application materials get lost in the mail. If you’re applying for a scholarship online, save copies of your work on your computer.
- Track the Package- If you’re submitting your application by mail, consider using certified mail or requesting a return receipt to confirm that your materials arrived at their destination.
Search for scholarships every year- As you attend LHU you may qualify for different scholarships every year. By searching
each year, you will maximize your chances of success
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