Right Major + Right College = Career Success - Helping you get where you were meant to be.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

Biggest Problem for Accepted Students
Will My College Be Open?
College in the Era of Covid
Student Loan Interest Rates Drop for 2020-21
Not All Info on the Web about FAFSA is Accurate

Most Popular Posts

Essay Topic: What will you contribute to our campus?
Got an IEP? Don't forget to take it to college.
Discouraging Words
Will Social Media Affect Your Child's Chances?
What to do when things change


Accepted? Now What?
Admission Decisions
Admission Essays
Adult Students
Athletes and College
Campus Safety
Career Planning and College
Choosing the best college for you
College Admission Deadlines
College Admission Decisions
College Admission Essays
College Admission Tests
College application process
College Applications
College Buyer Beware
College Camp
College Choice
College Costs
College Counseling and Advising
College Entrance Exams
College Freshman Adjustment
College Graduation and Beyond
College Major
College Myths
College Prep
College Prep Opportunities
College Recruitment
College Scholarships
College succcess
College Transfer
Early preparation for college
Education Consumerism
FInancial Aid
Financial Aid and Scholarships
GAP Year
GAP Year and Summer Programs
Getting in....or not
Good advice
Grad School
Graduate to a Job
Highly Selective Colleges
It's all in the timing
Kids Today
Learning Disability Accommodations
Media Treatment of College Information
Money and College
Online College
Parent and Grandparent Support
Parent and Grandparent Support in the College Process
Parent and student relationships in the college process
Parenting Teens
Picking a college
Planning for College Success
Positioning Students for Success
Social Media and College
Start Planning Early
Student Development
Student Loan Debt
Student Loans
Student Posts About Their Experiences
Success Hints
Summer Activities
Summer college prep
Surviving fall semester fo the senior year
The College-Job Connection
The Junior Year
To-do lists
Value of College
powered by

College Talk Blog

Where are the Scholarships???

Scholarship leads are found in the high school counseling office, newspaper, popular scholarship websites and on college websites. I call them "leads" because that is what they are. They are opportunities or leads to apply for college money. Students don't always know how scholarships work. Recently a student asked me after completing a scholarship application when he'd get the money. I had to explain to him that his application was an entry into a competition or drawing for scholarship money and that applying did not mean a guarantee of getting the money.

The largest scholarship awards that students usually receive are merit scholarships offered by colleges as part of the admission process. These scholarships are offered to outstanding students to make attending a college more affordable. Additional merit and need-based scholarship awards are available from departments within a college and the scholarship and financial aid office.

"Free Rides" or scholarships that cover all college costs are rare but they do exist. Because they are so rare, families should not expect them as a rule.

The smallest scholarships students receive are local scholarships that come from civic groups, businesses and individuals. Students should apply for these because they are often scholarships with less competition than national scholarships. A student who wins several of these can significantly reduce their costs.

Scholarships are a great way to reduce college costs. Families should start looking for scholarships early (sophomore year) and understand the work that will be required. In addition to essays, some scholarships are based on academic achievement and projects, community volunteer work or membership in specific organizations. 

Scholarships should be a family project and not left to students. Students are less motivated than parents regarding costs because they are too young to fully understand college finance and are used to parents carrying the full burden of costs related to their education. Families can approach scholarships as a family project to be pursued as a group on a schedule over a long period of time.

0 Comments to Where are the Scholarships???:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment