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Pay for School[Finding & Winning Scholarships]<br />Center for Career Connections & Women’s Center<br />Scholarship Resour...
Agenda<br />What are Scholarships?<br />Where Do I Start?<br />Getting Organized & Prepared<br />Where Do I look for Schol...
Getting Some Money…<br />Scholarships rarely pay for non-academic expenses.<br />Get ready to work. Applications taketime…...
What’s in the Name?Scholarships, Grants, Prizes, Fellowships<br />Scholarships:  monetary assistance given for either achi...
Where to Start? FAFSA<br />APPLY for the (FAFSA)<br />[Free Application for Federal Student Aid]<br />If eligible, you may...
First: Get Organized 	<br />
Getting Prepared:Letters of Recommendation<br />Who can you ask?<br />Teacher<br />Employer<br />Community leader<br />Ath...
Getting Prepared:Letters of Recommendation<br />When do you start?<br />What do you ask?<br />Start right away!<br />Allow...
Essays & Personal Statements<br />Always positive<br />Make it personal & engaging<br />Show evidence <br />Check and doub...
Essays & Personal Statements Tips<br />Examples of  Essay Topics<br />Academics<br />Leadership<br />Community service<br ...
Additional Materials<br />Tip:<br />Many scholarship materials are similar to an application for a university or graduate ...
Where to Look for Scholarships<br />Bellevue College Scholarship Site<br />Bellevue College Foundation<br />Scholarship bo...
Scholarship Scams<br />Fees for scholarships<br />You are the finalist! “But I never applied?”<br />Guaranteed scholarship...
International  & Non-Resident Scholarships<br />
Additional Sources of Funding<br />bellevuecollege.edu/fa/ | Bellevue College Financial Aid website. Veteran&apos;s Benefi...
Frequently Asked Questions & Comments<br />There are no scholarships that I am eligible for<br />Are scholarships are only...
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Pay for School: How to Find &amp; Win Scholarships

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Pay for School: How to Find &amp; Win Scholarships

  1. 1. Pay for School[Finding & Winning Scholarships]<br />Center for Career Connections & Women’s Center<br />Scholarship Resource Program<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />What are Scholarships?<br />Where Do I Start?<br />Getting Organized & Prepared<br />Where Do I look for Scholarships?<br />Additional Sources of Funding at BC<br />International Students<br />
  3. 3. Getting Some Money…<br />Scholarships rarely pay for non-academic expenses.<br />Get ready to work. Applications taketime…<br />We have other resources…<br />Food <br />Housing<br />Clothing<br />Childcare<br />and more!<br />Consider finding a part-time job or trying to access other resources to pay for your expenses.<br />
  4. 4. What’s in the Name?Scholarships, Grants, Prizes, Fellowships<br />Scholarships: monetary assistance given for either achievement (usually academic) or need. Sometimes a combination of both. They do not need to be repaid but may carry requirements that must be maintained to keep them. <br />Grants: typically provided by the state or federal government. This does not need to be paid back and is usually given based on financial need. Grants are often given for graduate or postgraduate research. Sometimes people confuse the word “grants” for all levels of financial assistance. <br />Prizes: money that you win in a contest that is intended to be used for school (example: art contest, or an essay).<br />Fellowships:paid to an individual to aid in the pursuit of study or research, usually at the graduate or postgraduate levels. <br />
  5. 5. Where to Start? FAFSA<br />APPLY for the (FAFSA)<br />[Free Application for Federal Student Aid]<br />If eligible, you may be able to fund your school with a grant or a low-interest loan<br />Some scholarships require a copy of your FAFSA report even if you are not eligible for financial aid.<br />Need help? Multicultural Services (MCS) can guide you through the application process. <br />Watch the tutorial from the financial aid website<br />FAFSA Deadlines<br />Summer 2010 <br />March 1st, 2010<br />Fall 2010 (Priority Funding) April 16, 2010 <br />
  6. 6. First: Get Organized <br />
  7. 7. Getting Prepared:Letters of Recommendation<br />Who can you ask?<br />Teacher<br />Employer<br />Community leader<br />Athletic coach<br />Club coordinator<br />Advisor<br />Counselor<br />Religious leader<br />Volunteer coordinator<br />NO FAMILY MEMBERS<br />Personal | Professional | Academic<br />Sample Letters of Recommendation Online!<br />
  8. 8. Getting Prepared:Letters of Recommendation<br />When do you start?<br />What do you ask?<br />Start right away!<br />Allow three weeks notice to receive them<br />Do not pressure them, provide the option to say no<br />Ask if they would be willing to alter the scholarship in the future<br />Ask them if they would be able and willing to write a “good” letter of recommendation for you<br />Help “coach” them <br />Talking about your yourself, scholarships you are applying for, educational and career goals, and any relevant extracurricular activities<br />Request that they addressed the letter to the “Dear Scholarship Committee”<br />Follow-up a week before the application is due<br />Send a thank you note for their help<br />Notify them if you win any awards<br />
  9. 9. Essays & Personal Statements<br />Always positive<br />Make it personal & engaging<br />Show evidence <br />Check and double check your work!<br />Follow the directions<br />Visit the Writing Lab<br />Write a general essay<br />Research the donor<br />Check online for essay samples<br />Personal Statement<br />Guidelines & Tips <br />
  10. 10. Essays & Personal Statements Tips<br />Examples of Essay Topics<br />Academics<br />Leadership<br />Community service<br />Extracurricular activities<br />Goals<br />Background & influences<br />Personal achievements<br />Pertinent social issues<br />Financial need<br />Sample Essays & Personal Statements Online!<br />
  11. 11. Additional Materials<br />Tip:<br />Many scholarship materials are similar to an application for a university or graduate school. Hit two targets at once!<br />
  12. 12. Where to Look for Scholarships<br />Bellevue College Scholarship Site<br />Bellevue College Foundation<br />Scholarship boards: <br />www.thewashboard.org<br />www.petersons.com<br />www.fastweb.com<br />Google & keywords<br />King Country Library <br />Check other schools<br />Professional associations<br />Religious & volunteer organizations, parent’s employers, etc.<br />
  13. 13. Scholarship Scams<br />Fees for scholarships<br />You are the finalist! “But I never applied?”<br />Guaranteed scholarship searching<br />Free seminar<br />Too good to be true<br />CHECK the Federal Trade Commission<br />
  14. 14. International & Non-Resident Scholarships<br />
  15. 15. Additional Sources of Funding<br />bellevuecollege.edu/fa/ | Bellevue College Financial Aid website. Veteran&apos;s Benefits Links | Veteran&apos;s Benefits Information. bellevuecollege.edu/we/ | Worker Retraining Program. bellevuecollege.edu/workfirst | Language & Employment Skills Training. bellevuecollege.edu/ceo/ | Career Education Options. STEPP Links | Student Tuition Pre-Payment Plan (STEPP).<br />Phi Theta Kappa | International Honor Society at Bellevue College<br />Foundation | The Bellevue College Foundation<br />
  16. 16. Frequently Asked Questions & Comments<br />There are no scholarships that I am eligible for<br />Are scholarships are only for the “really smart” or “really poor”?<br />How much money are most scholarships worth?<br />Do they cover living expenses?<br />Do I get taxed? <br />What happens to my financial aid when I win a scholarship?<br />Typically, what are the deadlines for scholarships?<br />Do I need lots of community service?<br />Where does the money come?<br />Do I have to be enrolled in the school? <br />How does community service increase my chances for receiving a scholarship? <br />
  17. 17. Center for Career Connections & The Women’s Center <br />

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