|A scholarship is
considered gift money from either a public or private institution to assist a
student's higher education goals. Scholarships are considered gift aid, the best kind of aid because
it doesn't have to be repaid.
Scholarships are usually awarded for merit
rather than financial need. What a institution means by merit will be determined
in the scholarship's description. Academic achievement, athletic achievement,
and community service achievement are all forms of merit. Scholarships may also be awarded based on ethnic
background, religious affiliation, and special interests.
Check with your local library and your high school guidance counselor for information regarding scholarships for which you might qualify.
You can also check out online scholarship databases like: FastWeb
There are many types of scholarships available.
School's often try to attract top athletes to their schools with athletic
scholarships. While there aren't many full ride Scholarships are one of the main
ways colleges attract top athletes. You can receive anything from a small award
to a full ride.
Clubs and Groups
Local civic groups and organizations, like the Rotary Clubs and the Elks, offer
scholarships. Sometimes these scholarships are only available to members or the
dependents of members. Check into any groups your parents belong to, some of
them might have scholarships.
Many schools provide their own institutional awards to students to attract them
to their schools. Some schools provide scholarships based on a students academic
record, extra-curricular activities, ethnic background, or religious status.
Some of these scholarships you have to apply for; others you receive
automatically when you enroll. Check with your school's financial aid department
for information on their scholarship programs.
These scholarships are usually awarded to students for reasons other than
financial need. A student may be given a merit scholarship for academic achievement,
athletic achievement, leadership abilities, or other reasons.
Some scholarships are given only to minorities, ethnicity, gender, race, and
religion often determine your eligibility for such awards.
Private institutions often hold competitions and award scholarship funds.
Businesses and corporations will often use scholarships as a type of
advertising. You can begin applying for private scholarships as early as your
freshman year, though most are intended for juniors and seniors.
Some denominations sponsor scholarships for their members. These scholarships
usually are given in recognition for community and church service or financial