Winter Break is a great time to research scholarships!
Really – anytime is a good time to look.
A big theme during the holidays are gifts – and scholarships are gifts too! Scholarships (like grants) do not need to be repaid.
Make a plan. Here is a step by step example.
Step one: Look around at available resources for many scholarship opportunities. Learn what is available and what types of scholarships are a good fit for you.
Step two: Make a list of potential scholarships – sort by date the application is due. Include extra items or documents that each scholarship application may require (i.e. transcripts, letter of recommendation, FAFSA)
Step three: Build a scholarship portfolio that contains items or documents that scholarship applications may need.
Step four: Start applying! Keep track of which scholarship you apply to and when.
Step five: Pay attention to your email or any set communication through which scholarship providers will contact you.
Here are some links to get your scholarship hunt started:
There are thousands of scholarships, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.