Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships come from a number of sources - high school clubs, individuals, business and industry groups, community organizations, state and national organizations, colleges and universities, and religious organizations. The criteria varies from scholarship to scholarship, but there are some common traits that scholarship committees look for in choosing a recipient:
Academic Excellence...Leadership...Service and Committment to School and Community...Individual Integrity
Information for scholarships that have been sent to the high school can be found in the Counseling Office. Scholarships with very narrow criteria are routed within the Counseling Office and individually announced to the students who may qualify. Applications are available mid-December, and are typically due the first week of February.
Some important things to remember while preparing a scholarship application:
1. Complete applications neatly and accurately. Word process or type unless instructions specify handwritten responses.
2. Follow instructions exactly as outlined by the sponsor or agency.
3. Submit only complete applications - a missing item may automatically disqualify the application. Scholarship applications may include essays, autobiographies, photographs, and/or letters of recommendation.
4. If a letter of recommendation is required, request that the teacher give you two copies. Allow ample time for the teacher to complete the letter - two weeks would be a good time frame.
5. If a transcript is required, they can be obtained through the Counseling Office.
6. DEADLINES ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED. Return scholarship applications ahead of published deadlines.
There are many online resources for scholarships and financial aid:
Careers and Colleges (scholarship search engine and financial aid/college information resource)
College Answer (scholarship search engine and college planning)
College Board (college planning and financial resources)
Community Education Foundation
Fastweb (scholarship search engine and everything college and career)
Federal Student Aid Gateway (information, guidance, and tools for federal student assistance)
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FinAid (guide to financial aid)
Minnesota-Wisconsin Tuition Reciprocity Application
Nellie Mae (a Sallie Mae student loan company)
School Soup (scholarship database and everything college)
Student Scholarship Search (scholarship search engine and financial aid resource)
US Dept of Education - Office of Postsecondary Education (multiple resources and sources of information)