Current Year Private Scholarship Opportunities
should always explore ALL of their Financial Aid options and make sure that
they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before May 1st each year.
- Based upon
the Financial Aid calculation process a student may be eligible for a Federal
Pell Grant, Pennsylvania State Grant and/or a Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) from the school they will be
attending. Grants, like scholarships, are free money.
should examine all scholarship opportunities not just select ones.
are not just available to the best and brightest students. All students should
attempt the scholarship process.
successful scholarship candidate is not necessarily the best and brightest
students but the student who is competing with the fewest number of students
for an award.
- The word
'essay' should not be considered a bad word in Scholarship vocabulary.
- There are
numerous free scholarship resources available. You do not need to pay money for
- If it sounds
too good to be true, it usually is. Be very careful for scholarship resources
that guarantee you a scholarship (almost always for a fee).
- In addition
to regional and national resources, students should not ignore local
scholarships as well. These scholarships may not be as large as others but
there will be less competition.
- If a
scholarship is renewable, make sure that you understand what the criterion for
renewal is so that you can retain it for future semester.
- Some of the
top scholarship sites are:
- Make sure
that you understand the different deadline dates. Traditionally, many
scholarship opportunities open around Thanksgiving and close around the
beginning of April. Be sure to apply on time.
- 'Thank You' – You would
be surprised how many times a simple 'thank-you'
impresses the benefactor. A 'thank-you'
could turn a one-year non-renewable scholarship into a renewable one.