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This page will provide information about how to get a college scholarship.  College scholarships supplement other sources of funding.  However, before a student can apply and receive a scholarship, there are many things he or she needs to know.


The purpose of this page is to explain the difference between financial aid and scholarships and how to apply.


Financial Aid is money awarded based on income, social standing, and merit.  Sometimes financial aid money needs to be paid back.

A scholarship is a funding granted to a student because of merit, need, and personal characteristics.  Scholarship money does not need to be repaid like student loans.



There are 3 simple steps to receiving scholarships:

1. Research scholarship opportunities.

2. Apply for multiple scholarships that match your circumstances.

3. Apply for more scholarships.


Step 1: Research

Try to find scholarships that fit your profile. Some scholarships are only awarded to certain groups of people. For example, minority scholarships, scholarships for women, scholarships for men, and scholarships for people with disabilities. Be sure to research what you need in order to qualify for a certain scholarship.  Sometimes it is hard to find a scholarship on the internet because very few apply to you.  If this is the case, a book of scholarships may be more helpful in finding a scholarship you are eligible for.  The internet is also a great resource.  Counselors may also be able to help find a scholarship that is right for you.  If you take the PSAT and do well you may qualify for a national merit scholarship.


Step 2: Apply

After researching scholarships that apply to you, fill out an application. A scholarship application may require a questionnaire, essay, SAT/ACT scores, and/or a resume or transcript. Some scholarship applications can be filled out online, but others must be mailed. Many scholarships require letters of recommendation as well. Make sure you know when the application is due! Show everyone that you are on top of things! If you turn in your application late, then you may not be considered for the scholarship.


Step 3: Apply for more scholarships.

You might not get into every college you apply to, and likewise you  will probably not win every scholarship for which you apply, so don't be discouraged!  Apply for more. It is always better to have too much money than not enough!


Here are some important Question and Answer which should provide you with more information. Through this, we hope to show you the best way to learn about scholarships is through other students, counselors, and the ever-helpful career center at your school. 


A Student's Perspective 


A Graduate's Perspective 


A Counselor's Perspective


A College Student's Perspective



A Final Recap


1. Research scholarships on fastweb.com, scholarships.com, zinch.com, etc.

2. Look into books such as "The Ultimate Scholarship Book."

3. Talk to your personal counselor.

4. Check the whiteboard between Mrs. Bell's and Mrs. Knirck's office (counselors), this is also a helpful place to see if there are any scholarships. 

5. Talk to students who have previous experience applying for scholarships.

6. BE INFORMED! Pay attention to the school announcements! Check a scholarship board if your school has one!

7. Apply, apply, apply!


Thanks for visiting and good luck in the future!!


Important p.s. It can be easy to procrastinate when it comes to applying for scholarships. Don't do it. Purposely take half an hour to an hour every so often in order to look up scholarship opportunities / apply for scholarship opportunities. Scholarship hunt/apply when you have some down time, on the weekend, or better yet, during the summer. Remember, it's your future, so don't pass it up!


Interviews conducted and information compiled by Ruifeng Wang, Matthew Hu, Ben Sullivan, and Kristin Liu.

Editions made by Ian Reddick, Brooks Kindle, Scott Kim and Stephen Grindel in 2010. Possibly Noor Aly and Amanda Gagnon, too.


Works Cited


"Scholarship." Dictionary.com. May 25, 2010.

"Interview with Diane Hu." Telephone interview. 3 June 2009.

"Interview with Max Li." Online interview. 3 June 2009.

"Interview with Miss McMurray." Personal interview. 5 June 2009.

"Interview with Mrs. Knirck." Personal interview. 5 June 2009.



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