Financial Aid

Scholarship Searches

Students should pursue all scholarship opportunities, regardless of the award amount. A scholarship of $250 - $500 can help defray the cost of text books and other supplies.

Searching for Scholarships

Students should pursue all scholarship opportunities, regardless of the award amount. A scholarship of $250 - $500 can help defray the cost of text books and other supplies. Inquire about local opportunities in your area, such as the following:

  • high school guidance counselor for scholarships awarded by your high school,
  • parent's place of employment, and
  • local civic organizations, such as Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.

Search Engines

Scholarship search engines enable free inquiries regarding available opportunities. The database will enable a broad search or one based upon your specific qualifications and situation and match you to scholarships for which you might be eligible. Do not use your time and effort applying for a scholarship if it is a poor match. Also, be cautious of opportunities that require an application fee. Some frequently used search engines are listed here for your convenience.

Tips for Writing Scholarship Essays

  • Make a list of deadlines for the applications. Allow ample time to work on the essay component, such as three to four weeks.
  • Approach the essay like you would any major writing assignment. Develop an outline that includes the key points you want to make.
  • Compose your essay by adding details to each of the key points included in the outline.
  • Write in complete sentences using clear language, watching punctuation and grammar. Do not use abbreviations or other shortcuts used in texting or social media.
  • Answer the question that is asked.
  • When asked about academic accomplishments, include your contributions to your school life and community, such as student clubs, leadership and volunteer activities). To avoid appearing as if you are bragging, tell about the services you provided and the personal experience you gained.
  • Recite your essay to someone who has also reviewed the criteria so they can help you identify areas for possible improvement.
  • Make sure you adhere to the specified guidelines, such as word length, submission format and deadlines.
  • Save the essay and adjust it as needed so you can re-use it for other applications. Be sure that relevant, key points are added for each application and remove others that aren't applicable.