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Where can I find scholarships? What do i look for in scholorships?

Hello! I am currently about to enter my second year of high school and wanted to learn more abour how to find good scholorships. I wanted a get a head start and just know more about scholorships. What are things that you look for in scholorships?

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Chelsie’s Answer

Hi Valeria! I think its fantastic you are already thinking about scholarships for college, I wish I was that forward thinking when I was a sophomore in high school! With the amount of scammers in the world I would recommend sticking to ones that are known to be legitimate from .org or .gov sites and a few I have seen that are known are:
--> https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/scholarships which may be a good starting point for you.
--> https://finaid.org/scholarships/
--> https://bold.org/scholarships/
--> https://scholarshipamerica.org/students/browse-scholarships/

When I went to college I got a book as a gift that outlined scholarships out there you could apply for but the internet was not what it is now a days so I would be surprised if there are still books but you could always check out a book store to see!

Good luck! --Chelsie
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is really helpful. Valeria
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Jill’s Answer

There are a lot of avenues for funding your education.
Many do not know this, but applying early for college is an important factor, as is filling out the FAFSA.
Many colleges will waive application fees during a time period (often in either Sept or Oct). This is the perfect time to apply for mulitple colleges with little to no fee's and no risk. You should plan to apply for a minimum of 5 colleges. And by applying early, your application will be in line for funding/scholarships. This funding, I have found, is first come first serve. So if you wait to apply, it will be less likely you will be considered for some of the funding. For example, my son applied at multiple colleges in October of 2021. He received offers from one University for $4000 in scholarships annually and for another he received $5000.

The FAFSA will review the financial situation and in some cases you will receive scholarships and grants. For example, my niece received $5000 a year in a grant via FAFSA.

Please read this article about applying for college:
https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/how-to-apply-to-college-for-free

SAT's and ACT's, depending on your state are important. You can learn more at:
https://www.collegeboard.org/

Link to FAFSA
https://studentaid.gov
Thank you comment icon To add on, research Universities you are interested in and see if they offer merit-based scholarships pertaining to your SAT/ACT scores and GPA. If you qualify and apply early, you will most likely be offered these scholarships. Sara Rusheidat
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Wendy’s Answer

Hey! Some of the online sites I personally used to find scholarships were: bold.or and Scholarsapp.com .
Usually when you enter senior year your guidance counselor will inform you about scholarship website and/or scholarship opportunities offered locally. Generally scholarships are offered either locally ,countywide or Nationally.
Now as to what to look for, every scholarship is different you’ll need to consider the amount they offer, weather you fit the eligibility criteria ( scholarship eligibility may depend on things like major, ethnicity, GPA etc;)

Regardless of what you choose my biggest piece of advice is APPLY FOR AS MANY AS YOU CAN!!! Especially if they’re local!
Thank you comment icon Thank you, this is amazing! I really needed it. Valeria
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