Most scholarships are gift aid, which does not need to be repaid. However, some scholarships come with requirements that, if not met, convert the award to a loan. Make sure you understand all terms and conditions before accepting any award.
Scholarships may be awarded based on a variety of things, including academic merit, athletic ability, field of study, ethnic background, religious affiliation, and special interests.
The earlier you begin your search, the better. Do as much research as you can, and apply
for every scholarship for which you are eligible.
It is never too late to apply for scholarships, even if you have already started you college
Meeting deadlines is crucial! Most programs have limited funding, and may accept applications
after the due date.
Follow directions. Provide everything that is requested, but no more than is required.
List all activities and honors. Highlight those that are relevant to the scholarship in
Neatness counts. Complete your application using a computer if possible.
If the forms aren't available online, then try to find a typewriter to complete
Make a photocopy of the application before you begin, if you use a typewriter or
printing to complete. If you make a mistake, you can start fresh with a clean copy.
Also make a copy of the completed application, so you can resend it if the original is lost.
Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, don't hesitate
to call the funding organization.