There are many myths floating around the Internet about scholarships. You have undoubtedly heard several rumors yourself! People can learn incorrect information from their parents, teachers, online, or even from friends. Just because you hear something negative about scholarships from someone you trust does not mean you have to believe it. Information can get distorted when it is passed along several avenues, so here is a good place to start educating yourself about scholarship TRUTHS.Truth: Scholarships can be for financially needy individuals, or they can go to people with tons of money. Although many scholarships are for people who cannot afford college, many are not. Since there are a variety of scholarships out there, you are sure to find one that fits your financial situation. Some scholarships merely want to see good grades and an essay. Others want to see someone with a special talent or unique background. Go ahead and apply for scholarships even if you think you or your parents make "too much money" to qualify.
2013 college fair scholarship presentation
Bellingham School District
College Fair Oct. 3, 2013
Cindy O’Brien Squalicum High School
Myth Number One: You need to be poor to
get a scholarship.
Myth Number 2: You can only get a
scholarship if you are in high school.
Myth Number 3: Finding scholarships will
take me too long.
Myth Number 4: You have to have a high
GPA to get a scholarship.
Outstanding Junior Award for Masonic Lodge,
Presidential Community of Service Award,
TASP (Telluride Academic Summer Program),
Federal Way Rotary Scholarship,
ACT Six (includes application to PLU and Gonzaga),
Burger King Have it Your Way Scholarship,
GET Ready for Math and Science Conditional Scholarship (denied offer),
Washington State PTSA Scholarship,
WSU Alumni Association Scholarship (denied offer),
WSU General Scholarship Application,
Leadership 1000 Scholarship,
Federal Way Education Scholarship,
Best Buy Scholarship.
Total Applications: 13!
Won/Accepted from Applications: 5!
Approx. Hours Worked on Applications: 41.5
Offered dollars/hour (inc. denied offers): $1,635.28!
Total Accepted dollars/hour: $896.19
WA State PTA Scholarship- $2,000
Federal Way Education Association Scholarship-! $1,000
Wa Bowling Grand Prix Scholarship- $906
Educational Excellence Scholarship- $2,000
Rotary: Federal Way Service Foundation-! $2,000
Todd Beamer High School PTSA- $176
Private Funded State Scholarships:
Leadership 1000 Scholarship CSF- $5,000 (renewable 4 years)
(only received $1,102 first year)
Free Money (Grants/Tuition Waiver):
PELL Grant- $2,100
Supplemental Ed Opp Grant 1- $100
Supplemental Ed Opp Grant 2- $512
Western Grant- $898
President's Scholarship (WWU) $2,000
Tuition Waver- $3,000
Grand Total Money: $17,794*
*Only includes first year of Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Your School website under the counseling tab
click on Career Center – Scholarships -bulletin!
Most are on-line applications
Five Tips for Online Applications
Apply early to avoid website server crashes.
Print the online application once you have filled it out
and before you submit it. Check it over for errors
before you send it. File this hard copy in your records.
Have a friend or relative check your grammar and
make sure you have filled out every blank spot.
Double-check to see that your attachments are in the
Write down on a calendar or spreadsheet the date you
submitted the application.
(List of Honors, Activities, Awards)
• Study essay questions and develop your favorite
responses – many are similar to college application s
• Follow the Directions!!
• Include All Attachments
• Pay Attention to Deadlines!
• Proof-read – ask another person to review
The College you will attend!
Local Bellingham Companies
Ewing C. Kelly
Whatcom Community College
Larson and Gross Accountants
Local Banks and Credit Unions
Your Parents Work!
Bellingham Dollars for Scholars
The following schools in Washington are
Central Washington University
Pacific Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s University
theWashBoard.org - free online resource- no
pop-ups. Complete at least 75% of profile for
scholarships that fit you best
fastweb - explore colleges, apply for
scholarships, useful on-line student finance
Zinch- a free on-line source for scholarships.
A. Alice McArver Ratchford Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to students who:
1. Attend the University of No. Carolina at
2. Submit their FAFSA,
3. Be an undergraduate female,
4. Live on-campus
5. Have no car and no ring on their finger,
6. Demonstrate financial need, and
7. Haven’t been awarded another scholarship.
True or False?
B. The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship
This scholarship awards money to high school
2. Meet the 2.5 GPA minimum requirement, and
3. Is enrolled in a two or four-year college in the
fall following their high school graduation.
True or False?
C. The Duck Brand Duct Tape “Stuck At Prom”
You and your prom date attend your senior prom
dressed in formal wear you’ve fashioned out of
Duck brand duct tape and submit a photo of
yourselves to their website. Ten finalists are
selected and visitors to the site then vote on
them. The couple, each of the two entrants,
who gets the most votes gets $3,000 towards
college and some cash for their school to boot.
True or False?
D. Tall Clubs International Scholarship
The TCI offers tall students a scholarship worth up
to $1,000. Applicants must be (5’10” for
females or 6’2” for males) minimum height
requirement. They must also be:
sponsored by a nearby TCI club,
Be under 21 years of age, and
Be entering their first year of college the
True or False?
E. The Zolp Scholarship
Don’t apply for this unless your last name is
“Zolp”, you are Catholic, and want to attend
Loyola University. Apparently there was a
Father Zolp once upon a time who established
this scholarship. Do you know anyone named
True or false?
Write Thank-You Notes! –CRITICAL!!
Report to your counselor/career center to
ensure you’re included in Senior Celebrations