Beginning Your Scholarship Search!
You should begin your scholarship search during your junior year as many scholarship deadlines are during the fall of your senior year. You can use your Naviance account to research and save potential scholarships. Please keep in mind, that a comprehensive scholarship search will be demanding and time consuming. Therefore, it is imperative that you gather as much information about yourself including: references, resume, letters of recommendation, sat/act scores, and grade point average. You should also consider creating a file system to keep track of all your potential scholarships. That way, you are very prepared to meet the multiple deadlines that are associated with fall of senior year. You will find that as you begin your scholarship search you may be asked to create or complete a survey based on scholarship criteria. So try to stay broad as there are a number of scholarship opportunities. Also, keep in mind, that whether the scholarship is for a small amount or a large amount, they all add up. So don’t be picky, when it comes to FREE MONEY! Also listen to the school bulletin, since that is our way of informing you of possible scholarships opportunities in the community. Keep in mind, that there are the following types of scholarships: Need Based Scholarships: Based on economic need Merit Scholarships: GPA and Test Scores used as main criteria General Scholarships: May include leadership, community involvement, talent, heritage, sports etc. College Sponsored Scholarships: Check individual college websites to determine scholarship availability.