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What are scholarships and grants?

Grants and scholarships are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. 

Grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines! 

Top Twelve Tips on Winning a Scholarship

1.  Don't wait until spring of your senior year to start searching!  There are many available to students in grades K-11!

2.  Use a free scholarship matching service like Fastweb.com

3.  Answer all of the optional questions on a scholarship matching web site for about twice as many matches!

4.  Check with the Career Center for local scholarships.

5.  Apply to EVERY scholarship for which you are eligible.  It's a numbers game; it gets easier after your first 6 applications.  Essays can be reused and tailored to each new application.


7.  Tailor your application to the sponsor's goals.  Read and follow instructions carefully.

8.  Difficulty writing essays?  Record yourself answering the question out loud and transcribe the recording.

9.  Personalize your essay and be passionate.  Write about something of interest to you.  Give examples and be specific.

10.  Use a clean email address.  Review your Facebook account.

11.  Proofread a printed copy of your essay and the application for spelling and grammar errors.

12.  Make a copy of your application before mailing it.  To help in remembering which scholarships you applied to, it is recommended to keep a file with all of the copies in it to refer to when contacted by the scholarship organization.