Scholarships: Tips for Locating and Receiving Scholarships and Financial Aid

  1. Grades are not always the only important factor. Personal attributes, your occupational and educational background, and your goals can also lead to scholarships.
  2. Write to the schools you are interested in and ask for:
    1. Financial Aid Package. This will contain applications forstate and federal funding.
    2. College Catalog. In the Financial Aid Section, there should be a list of endowment scholarships given by alumni.
  3. Genuine persistence, creativity, motivation and effective use of all available resources should result in a student receiving the needed funds.
  4. When filling out scholarship application forms, be complete, concise, creative, and neat. People who read these applications want to know the real you, not just your name.
  5. Scholarship applications should clearly emphasize your ambitions, motivations, and individuality. Be original.
  6. Apply as far in advance as possible. Be aware of application deadlines.
  7. Stay in touch with the sources you apply to. Even after you have mailed in your application, you can send additional supporting materials, such as newspaper articles by or about you, work you recently completed, or additional letters of recommendation.
  8. Do not be discouraged if you are turned down the first time. Try again the next year. The important point is to stay motivated and be persistent.
  9. Make use of all available reference sources:
    1. Your school's financial aid office, high school guidance counselor, and librarian.
    2. Local business and organizations are possible sources of funding. Your Chamber of Commerce or local banker is a good place to start.
    3. Friends, teachers, and employers may be helpful.
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