Paul Goetzinger MPA
Many colleges and universities have foundation that control private donations and the institutional endowment. This includes scholarships for students.
There are a variety of ones to apply for. Ones for particular majors, ethnic groups, future occupations, and other classifications.
So, I would check the online foundation office, for the college or university you wish to attend.
Normally, they open up in the fall, but I would check the open and due dates, because each institution can be different.
Scholarship applications can start to be submitted during your Junior year and will continue throughout your Senior year in high school. It is best to ask your Academic Advisor/School Counselor on the timeline process as well. Scholarship applications will have specific deadlines and requirements to meet in order to be submitted for review and consideration. Multiple scholarships can be obtained at the same time and can be based on academic performance, sports involvement, community involvement and volunteerism, faith/church activities, etc.
You may want to start to compile your resume/portfolio since a majority of scholarship applications will require academic grade point average (GPA), academic accomplishments, school activities (clubs, sports, etc.), community involvement (volunteer, church, etc.), academic and personal recommendations, etc. There may be essay requirements on why you are a qualified candidate to receive the scholarship, what your future goals are academically and professionally and other questions centering around who you are, your beliefs, etc.
Scholarship committees are not always looking at the highest grades or if a student has all As throughout his or her high school journey. They are looking for a well-rounded students to be awarded the scholarships offered. There are various scholarships to apply for when a student is starting the college application process.
When reviewing colleges and universities, it is best to check the following:
- In-State vs Out of State Tuition
- Career Placement upon graduation
- Course work and offered classes
- Post-Graduate Degrees - Master and Doctoral
Here are a couple of links for College Scholarships:
Also, it will be best to check with the colleges and universities that you will be applying to. You can check with the School/Department of your desired major, the Campus Career Center and the Register's Office for additional information for college scholarships and grants and specific requirements for qualifications.
Best wishes for your education and career paths!