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How do I start looking into scholarships ?Where can I look for them?

I want to go to college and it is definitely but I also don't want to pay out of pocket if I can help it. I have good grades and some extracurriculars , would that help?

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Sherri’s Answer

Hi Daniela,
That is a great question. There are many factors that go into seeking scholarships or Financial Aid. Once you have determined you major or a few prospective majors you can narrow your search.
There are many websites available to assist in the scholarships search. I would also recommend getting a few letters of recommendation from your educators and/or employers. If a scholarship requires you to pay a fee, skip it and go to the next one. We want to ensure you are not falling victim to any scams.
Your guidance counselor is also a good point of of contact.
Some scholarship websites are as follows:
1. www.fastweb.com
2. bold.org
3. scholarshipinstitute.org
4. Thecollegeboard.org

The list can go on. It is like homework, take the time and apply for a few daily. The more you apply the better the chance.

I wish you much success with your future.

Sherri recommends the following next steps:

Speak with your guidance counselor
Determine your major
Get letters of recommendation and transcripts ready
Apply for scholarships and financial aid
Check with college choices to see what they have available
Thank you comment icon I appreciate your support, Sherri Daniela
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Alieh’s Answer

The first thing that you need to looking for the colleges and universities' with your majority. You should looking for Professors that relative your studies. Then finding phone number, and email to them. Introduce yourself and why you are applying. Also you can discuss your major accomplishment. Don't forget to have a good GPA about 3 to 4 and provide recommend letters .
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Layne’s Answer

This is a great question, and it is great you are thinking ahead for alternative sources to help fund your continued education. There are many organizations that offer scholarship outside of the traditional university and government programs. Local business groups (Rotary, etc.), local service organizations (Elk, Moose, etc.) and organizations honoring their local citizens may offer scholarships. Some of these may not be publicized, so the most important thing you can do is research and ask. You would be surprised about how many local, state, national, and even international organizations out there offer and accept applications for scholarships. Start with a web search and you may be surprised about how many you find. From there, set up a plan to apply. Make sure you follow due dates and prepare your application in the format that is requested. In everything you do, also give your best. Scholarships are likely to recognize individuals who give their all in whatever they do.
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Brittany’s Answer

There are many resources available to help you discover opportunities that can ease the financial burden of your education. Here are some things I did in high school to help me secure scholarships and financial aid.

School Resources: Start by checking your school's financial aid office or website for available scholarships.

Online Search Engines: Utilize platforms like Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and College Board's Scholarship Search for comprehensive listings.

Local Opportunities: Explore scholarships from community organizations, businesses, and foundations in your area.

National Scholarships: Look into offerings from national organizations, foundations, and corporations for broader opportunities.

Government Aid: Investigate government-sponsored programs on the Federal Student Aid website for additional financial assistance.
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Thiago’s Answer

Hello Daniela!

Embarking on your scholarship hunt is an excellent move towards funding your college studies and reducing your personal costs. With your impressive grades and participation in extracurricular activities, you've already set a solid foundation.

Start off by consulting your high school guidance counselor. They can supply details about local scholarships that match your academic and extracurricular profile. They're often equipped with useful resources and contacts to assist your search.

Then, make use of nationwide scholarship search platforms like Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor's scholarship search tool. These sites enable you to build profiles and link you with scholarships that correspond with your academic accomplishments, extracurricular engagements, and personal interests.

Furthermore, explore the financial aid sections of the websites of the colleges you're eyeing. Numerous universities present scholarships for incoming students with particular talents or academic grades. Also, think about community organizations, local companies, and religious or cultural groups that you or your family are part of; many of these offer scholarships to members or locals.

While the scholarship application process can be competitive, your academic and extracurricular achievements are valuable strengths. Ensure you customize each application to underscore how your distinctive experiences match the scholarship requirements.
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