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How to find scholarships

How to find scholarships

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    • 1. SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP By Cynthia E. Olmedo Initiatives for All (IFA)
    • 2. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF EDUCATION? • Tuition and fees • Room and Board • Books and Supplies • Transportation Expenses • Miscellaneous expenses
    • 3. HOW IS ELIGIBILITY FOR FINANCIAL AID DETERMINED? COST OF EDUCATION - Family contribution - Estimated financial assistance from outside resources . = STUDENT’S FINANCIAL NEED
    • 4. WHAT ARE OUTSIDE RESOURCES? • Funds from sources other than the college/university • Clubs and civic organizations • Churches • Employers • Foundations • Private gifts
    • 5. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN A SCHOLARSHIP AND A GRANT? • Grants----—which can come from the state or federal government, from the college itself, or from private sources—provide money for college that doesn't have to be paid back. Many grants determine eligibility by looking at your FAFSA results. • Scholarships are primarily awarded for academic merit (good grades) or for an accomplishment (volunteer work or a specific project); however, there are many need-based scholarships out there, as well. • Both grants and scholarships don't have to be repaid.
    • 6. WHAT ARE MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS? • Institutional merit-based aid • Need not considered • Procedures for being considered vary -Nomination -Scholarship application -Admission application
    • 7. WHAT ARE ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIPS? • Awards made by athletics department • Annually renewable • Can be full scholarships -Tuition, fees, room, board, books • Can be partial scholarships -Any amount less than full
    • 8. WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD STUDENTS ASK ABOUT MERIT AND ATHLETIC AWARDS? • Is the scholarship renewable? • If so, what are the requirements for renewal? • Will the scholarship affect need-based aid eligibility?
    • 9. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO OFFER? • Knowledge • Skills • Experience • Abilities • Values • Work Ethic
    • 10. WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES/GOALS? • What is your major/ field of study? • What are you passionate about? • What do you want to become? • What difference do you intend to make with your education?
    • 11. RESEARCH BEGINS… • Resources include: • Books • Newspapers/Magazines • Collegiate Events • Online websites • Teachers/Administrators • Colleges/Universities
    • 12. EXERCISE 1: • Choose a scholarship you may qualify for. • What are the eligibility requirements? • What is required of you? (ex. Essay, transcripts, etc.) • What is required of others? (letters of recommendations, photos etc.) • Are there any items listed that you do not understand? • Begin the scholarship application process
    • 13. KEY POINTS TO WRITING A STRONG ESSAY • 1) Put your heart—and some work—into it. • 2) Do not write as if you are writing on Facebook. This is a scholarly essay. • 3) Be specific • 4) Structure your essay (Good introduction/strong conclusion) • 5) Re-read, revise, and proof your essay (Have it reviewed by several other people).
    • 14. EXERCISE 2: • Write a rough draft for a scholarship essay. Choose one of the following essay topics: 1) 2) 3) 4)
    • 15. SAMPLE ESSAY:
    • 16. MORE CONSUMER TIPS… • Avoid scholarship programs that charge application fees • Avoid scholarship search services that charge fees • Bargaining/negotiating? • Know your loans
    • 17. ONLINE RESOURCES • The College Board www.collegeboard.org • SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid www.finaid.org • Federal government www.ed.gov • Scholarship Web sites • University/College Web sites
    • 18. QUESTIONS ??? Thank you for your attention and participation.