Thousands of local, state and national scholarships are available – and you may qualify for many of them. Here are a few places to look:
- ScholarshipQuest features over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. After you create a profile, you’ll be matched with scholarships that fit your criteria.
- Your school counselor’s office. Visit at least once a month during your senior year to check on local and national awards.
- The college you plan to attend. Contact the school for a list of scholarships and application procedures.
- National search sites such as College Board, Peterson’s and School Soup.
- Other resources could include your coach, clubs and organizations, and your parents’ employers and civic organizations.
Most scholarships are based on academics, but others are based on community service, school involvement, or talent in art, dance, music, or athletics. Some are based on financial need as measured by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Therefore, to earn scholarships, earn good grades, get involved in your school and community, and complete the FAFSA.
Follow these tips!
- Organize scholarships in deadline order and set aside time each week to work on them.
- Focus on college-based and local scholarships. You’re more likely to earn them over large national awards.
- On the application, list your activities, awards, honors classes and volunteer or paid jobs. Track them using the Activities Resume.
- Earn the best possible ACT/SAT scores by taking the exams in the spring of your junior year and again in the fall of your senior year.
- If an application requires a letter of recommendation, give the person writing the letter plenty of notice, a specific deadline, and a list of your accomplishments and activities.
- After writing an essay, ask an English teacher to review it.
- Don’t ever pay for scholarship services! Talk to your school counselor or contact EducationQuest about free resources.