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How to afford college

                             Scholarship America's Guide on "How to Afford College"

A publication of Scholarship America in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report. For detail on each step please visit: www.scholarshipamerica.org  

 

STEP 1: Fill out the FAFSA

  • Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • Complete the FAFSA on the Web
  • Fill out your FAFSA
  • Find identification numbers
  • Calculate total earnings and tax return amounts
  • Follow the directions

STEP 2: Search for Scholarships in Multiple Places

  • Search engines
  • Resource sites
  • Social media
  • School
  • Community

STEP 3: Begin your Application Early

  • Be prepared
  • Be complete
  • Be careful
  • Be on time

STEP 4: Write a Compelling Essay

  • Know your audience
  • Plan far in advance
  • Make it personal and passionate
  • Find an editor

STEP 5: Ask for a Recommendation Letter

  • Choose the right person
  • Don't wait until the last minute 
  • Ask nicely
  • Say thank you

STEP 6: Say "Thank You"

  • Get out your stationary
  • Properly address the letter
  • Start simple
  • Be personal
  • Write legibly and spell everything correctly
  • If you are comfortable, allow the scholarship sponsor to share your letter
  • End with simple "thank you"
  • Sign it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Horatio Alger

Receive up to $25,000 for College With The Horatio Alger Scholarship.

If integrity, determination, and courage describe you- you have what it takes to be a Horatio Alger Scholar. This scholarship rewards students who possess the character to succeed in life helping students overcome the financial barriers of pursuing higher education. 

To qualify you must have at least a 2.0 GPA and require financial assistance to attend college. 

 

The eligibility criteria to be considered for Horatio Alger National and State Scholarships are as follows:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States with plans to enter college no later than the Fall semester following graduation.
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution).
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required).
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities.
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
  • Hold a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a United States citizen.

To learn more and apply, visit: www.scholars.horatioalger.org 

Deadline to apply: October 25, 2019. 

 

 

 

Quest Bridge

National College Match for High School Seniors. Full four-year scholarships to the nation's top colleges. 

 

Are you a low-income student who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation's best colleges are financially out of reach?

The Quest Bridge National College Match was created for students like you. QuestBridge believes that you deserve to reach your full academic potential, regardless of your financial background. Through the National College Match you can be admitted to a top college with a guaranteed full four-year scholarship.

  • How Does It Work? The National College Match is a college and scholarship application process through which you can apply for early admissions to multiple high selective colleges for free using one application. Finalists who are matched will receive a full-four-year College Match Scholarship from the college. These generous financial aid packages are loan- free with a $0 parental contribution, and are worth more than $200,000. Finalists who are not matched have additional opportunities to receive admission and financial aid packages that are often as generous as a full scholarship.
  • Eligibility: The National College Match is open to high school seniors who demonstrate:
  1. Academic Achievement and Strength in Character:  Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available. Strong writing ability, and motivation to succeed. Class rank and test scores are also evaluated.
  2. Financial Need: Household income of less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four) with minimal assets.
  • Typical Finalists Often:
  • Rank in the top 5-10% of the class
  • Score >1310 on the SAT or >28 on the ACT (if taken)
  • Are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year-college
  • Qualify for free or reduced- price lunch

 

  • Application Components: Complete the free online National College Match. Referrals are not required to apply. The application include:
  • Academic and financial information
  • Essays and short answers
  • Current high school transcript
  • Two teacher recommendation letters
  • Secondary School Report from high school counselor
  • Any available standardized test scores

 

 

  • Apply at: www.questbridge.org 

 

Good Tidings Foundation

The 2018 Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship is an excellent opportunity for low-income high school seniors who have committed themselves to community service. The organization is offering 10 scholarships for $ 10,000 to each winner. Total amount awarded: $1000,000. 

Applications are submitted online. They can be accessed at 

https://smr.to/p58795 or

www.goodtidings.org

 

 

 

Applications are due November 14, 2019

Scholarship Information

Throughout the year, the College & Career Center will have available new scholarship information. To request an application, please visit  Mrs. Dielacher in the Counseling office. 

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