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Net Price Calculator
By the end of October, all colleges and universities are required to have a net price calculator on their web site-some already do! This new tool will help families gage what they might expect to receive in aid from that particular institution. You will need to enter much of the information that will be used in the FAFSA so the better your data is, the better the end result will be. This is not a guarantee of award, but just a ballpark. Some schools have much better endowment funds and all schools do financial aid differently so please use this as it's intended-another tool to help plan for college and college payments. Colby's is up on their admissions page. Other schools may put them with financial aid.
**Deadlines are your responsibility, be sure to double check your deadline dates**
A. Leigh Phillips Scholarship- Student with disability(ies) identified under IDEA and Chapter 101 going on to post-secondary education and with exceptional achievement in one or more of the following: Academics; extra-curricular, core-curricular; leadership; volunteerism. Deadline: March 1. Visit http://madsec.org/AboutMADSEC/AwardsandScholarships/ALeighPhillipsScholarship/tabid/93/Default.aspx
ALPHA ONE POWERING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is to assist people with disabilities who wish to pursue post-secondary education. Applicants must have a documented disability; attend or attended high school in Maine; have a B average and have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary institution. See guidance for an application or visit www.alphaonenow.org and click on the scholarship box or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is April 1.
AMERICAN LEGION DEPARTMENT OF MAINE APPLICATION FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP - seven, $500 scholarships. Criteria: must demonstrate financial need.
Daniel E. Lambert Memorial Scholarship- $1000. (two scholarships may be awarded contingent upon the availability of funds) Criteria: must demonstrate financial need, must be a resident of the State of Maine, U.S. Citizen, parent or grandparent must be a veteran. Deadline May 1 of each year
American Legion - James V. Day Scholarship Grant- applicants shall be the children or grandchildren of current or deceased members of an American Legion Post in the State of Maine, must be a Maine resident, must be of good character and demonstrated through his/her past behavior that s/he believes in the American way of life. Deadline is May 1. See guidance for an application.
The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program- A Constitutional Speech contest. The purpose of the contest is to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution. Open to grades 9 - 12. See guidance for more information or visit www.mainelegion.org.
American Society of Civil Engineers–The Maine Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is pleased to announce two $2000 scholarships for two outstanding seniors who plan a career in civil engineering. See guidance for an application or email Leslie.Corrow@KleinschmidtUSA.com for more information.
Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship- This is a $1,000 scholarship that will
be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit www.onlinembareport.com and find the scholarship located at the right side of the page and click on it.
Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship - This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit www.fashion-schools.org and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.
Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program- This is the 5th year we are awarding this scholarship for AnimationCareerReview.com. We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Visit www.animationcareerreview.com to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.
AUGUSTA ELKS LODGE #964- Each year the Augusta Lodge of Elks #964 awards several merit scholarship to the graduating seniors in the service area of our Lodge. Scholarships are based on academic standing, service to the community and acceptance into an institution of high learning. See guidance for an application.
AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP- Are you active in your community? Have you led a project that benefits others? Have you overcome personal challenges? Scholarships in the amount of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000. A winner in every state. www.axa.com/achievers.
B. Davis Scholarship
AWARD VALUE: $1,000 General Information
This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution. There is no age restriction. Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are. Apply at http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
BUICK ACHIEVERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:
High school seniors and current undergraduates, must plan to enroll full time at a four-year college or university; plan to major in a field of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or business with an interest in the automotive industry. DEADLINE: February 27. For more information visit www.buickachievers.com.
BURGER KING MCLAMORE FOUNDATION- High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards. www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/whatwedo/scholarsprogram.
The Christian Connector- The Christian Connector provides a free Christian college information service as well as a $2,500 Christian college scholarship drawing. Simply log onto www.christianconnector.com to get started.
Clyde Russell Scholarship Information- Applications are now available for the Clyde Russell Scholarship, as presented by the Maine Education Association. There are two categories of awards, one for Graduating High School Seniors Attending a Four-Year College, and one for Graduating Seniors attending a Maine Community College. The applications are available to download at http://www.clyderussellscholarshipfund.org.
Coolidgescholars.org - JUNIORS - THIS IS A FULL-RIDE PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIPcovering tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study and leadership training. May be used at anyaccredited American University. Coolidgescholars.org for more information and application.
DSL.com Scholarship- DSL.com is giving away a $1000 interent scholarship. Write a 400-600 word essay on how the internet has impacted modern society. Argue whether these effects are primarily positive or negative and explain your reasoning. Publish your essay on a blog or other site of your choice and use the form on our website to submit your information and the URL of your posted response. Visit http://www.dsl.com/internet-scholarship.html.
The Elks National Foundation- Most Valuable Student- 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2017 competition. Any high school senior who is a citizen can apply and you do not need to be an Elks member. Applications are available online www.elks.org/enf/scholars/mvs.cfm.
Facing Acne $2,000 Scholarship- This scholarship is open to students who meet the following criteria: You must be a United States Citizen; you must be currently enrolled as a high school senior and you must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 gpa. Visit www.facingacne.com/scholarships.
National Scholarship Program
Through this competition, seven students who demonstrate an exceptional talent and interest in Fashion Design, Visual Communications, Interior Design, Digital Media, Fashion Merchandising, Graphic Design, or Product Development will each win a one-year scholarship to attend FIDM. There are other scholarship programs available to students; for more information www.fidm.edu/go/fidmscholarships
Gardiner Federal Credit Union- will be granting six $500.00 scholarships to local area graduates. Our purpose is to recognize and provide financial assistance to deserving recipients who are pursuing a post-secondary education or a Graduate Degree. To be considered for this scholarship, all applicants must complete an application form.
Visit Gardinerfcu.org/scholarship-application to apply.
GFWC Maine and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention ($1,000)- GFWC (General Federation of Women's Clubs) Maine and the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) are working together to raise awareness about elder abuse in Maine. Criteria for selection include an essay and academic average. See guidance for an application.
Hamilton Relay $500 Scholarship available for high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or have difficulty speaking. To apply, download the materials at www.hamiltonrelay.com.
Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship - Win a $5,000 scholarship. To be eligible, Hood is looking for high seniors who participated in a varsity sport and who will be attending a two or four year accredited college or university next year. Students must have earned a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher and performed volunteer work in the community. Visit Hood.com to see when scholarship is open to apply.
Horatio Alger Scholarship- You must be a high school senior, exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree, demonstrate financial need, be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity, have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be a U.S. citizen. scholars.horatioalger.org
InternetProviders.Com Scholarship- There’s no getting around it: the internet affects our social lives both individually and globally. In your opinion, are these effects primarily positive(leading to an increased cultural awareness and solidarity) or negative(exaggerating tensions between cultures that don’t see eye-to-eye)? Take a position and argue your point. Historical references, current events, anecdotes, and philosophy are all fair game. Be as specific and persuasive as possible. You could win a $1,000 scholarship toward your college expenses. http://www.internetproviders.com/internet-scholarship.html
THE JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
An undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. This highly competitive scholarship includes: Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school; Ability to pursue any area of study; Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid; Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience. http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/
Kennebec Retired Educators Association- Retired educators in the Kennebec Retired Educators Association are offering two $500 scholarships to high school seniors in the Kennebec County who will be attending a four-year college or university in preparation for the teaching profession. Applicants must have a high academic standing, demonstrated reputable character and good school citizenship and contribute to the school community. See guidance for an application.
Kennebec Valley Garden Club/Barrows Fund Scholarship- Scholarship ranging from $1,000 - $2,000 to a student who is interested in pursing a major in horticulture or other environmentally related fields. See guidance for an application or visit www.mainegardenclubs.org.
Law Offices of Joe Bornstein Annual Arrive Alive Creative Contest
The contest is open to graduating seniors who wish to send a message to their peers about the dangers of drinking and driving and the dangers of distracted driving. First place winners receive a new laptop computer, second place winners receive a new iPad, third place winners receive a new iPod and all entrants receive fun prizes from the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein. A complete set of rules and all past winning entries can be viewed online at www.arrivealivecreativecontest.com.
McDonald's Archways to Opportunity Tuition Assistance
McDonald's employees are eligible for tuition assistance. To qualify you must be employed by McDonald's for 90 days working 15 hours per week. Crew members are eligible for $2,500 per year and Shift Managers are eligible for $3,000 per year. For more information, visit archwaystoopportunity.com or call 630-623-1637.
MaineGeneral Health Scholarship:
MaineGeneral Health and individual sponsors offer many scholarships to support the education of health care professionals. Scholarships are given to individuals pursuing degrees in direct-service health care disciplines practiced at MaineGeneral Health. Scholarships are offered in three main categories: Health Care Scholarships, Laboratory Scholarships and Nursing Scholarships. See guidance for a scholarship brochure and an application.
Maine Community Foundations
A summary of scholarships available through the Maine Community Foundation is now available on our website http://www.mainecf.org/scholarships.aspx .
Maine Education Services Scholarship Opportunities- APPLY ONLINE: www.mesfoundation.org for more information when scholarships open
MAINE INNKEEPERS ASSOCIATION– Open to any Maine student (any age) pursuing a career in the lodging or foodservice field or any family members of Lodging or Allied members or their employees or their families pursuing a non-hospitality career. Applicants may be graduates of accredited high schools, high school students, post secondary students, or children of employees of the Maine Innkeepers Association member properties, including allied members. www.maineinns.com
Maine Ruffed Grouse Scholarship- must be interested in a career related to wildlife conservation, conservation law enforcement, forest management or a related field supported by the Ruffed Grouse Society. Additional instructions and the application forms are available at www.ruffedgrousemaine.org
MAINE SECTION OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS - must be pursuing a civil engineering degree. The recipients will be selected based on academic performance, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation and a statement of interest in civil engineering. See guidance for an application.
MAINE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS- The Maine Society of Professional Engineers will be awarding two Scholarships for graduating high school seniors. All applicants must intend to earn a degree in engineering and to enter the practice of engineering after graduation. See guidance for an application or visit www.mespe.org.
MAINE STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION, INC.- candidate must have participated in golf, have strong academic performance and some financial need to qualify. You can find the application at www.mesga.org.
MAINE STATE GRANGE - The Maine State Grange Agriculture Committee is looking for young men and women who are pursing a career in agriculture or agriculturally related fields at the college level. One or more applicants from Maine who meet the enclosed criteria will be awarded a $500 scholarship in June. See guidance.
MAINE STATE CREDIT UNION- $1,000 Scholarship. Student must be primary member of Maine State Credit Union. See guidance for more info.
MAINE STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP- All applicants must have a relationship with a dues paying MSEA Member. (Dependents of schoolteachers are not eligible). This scholarship offers 4 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $1,500. See guidance for an application and qualifications or visit www.mseaseiu.org.
Three scholarships are associated with the Mainely Character Scholarship award. The R.M. Davis Scholarship for $5,000; the Arnie Bushner Memorial Scholarship for $2,500 and The Mainely Character Scholarship for $2,500. This program awards these three scholarships to Maine seniors who demonstrate courage, integrity, responsibility and concern for others; in other words a kid with character. Visit www.mainelycharacter.org.
MAUDE MACKENZIE SCHOLARSHIP- Any person who is a resident of Maine and who has expressed need for financial aid in order to continue studies at an institute of higher education may apply through a GRWC Maine District President. Any "person" shall include students who are going directly to an institute of higher education following graduation from high school and/or "non-traditional" students who are going to or returning to an institute of higher education. www.gfwcmaine.org.
Mitchell Scholarship Application- To be eligible to apply, you must be a legal resident of Maine graduating from a Maine public high school, planning to attend a four-year or two-year degree program at an accredited college or university. Applicants must be planning to enter their first year of college in September 2017. Recipients will be chosen by the Board of Directors of the Mitchell Institute. Recipients will be chosen from applications submitted by eligible students based on the following criteria. No one criterion is more important than another. The Board carefully weighs all aspects of a student's application. Academic performance/academic potential, Community impact and Financial need. Must submit application online: www.mitchellinstitute.org
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC)$180,000 Scholarship Opportunity - Full tuition and other financial benefits at over 160 colleges and universities. There are eligibility requirements and a military service requirement. Visit www.nrotc.navy.mil for more information.
NEACAC Scholarship Opportunity - Annual Essay Contest- Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community? For more information visit http://www.neacac.org/essay-contest-information-application.
New Dimensions Federal Credit Union- Any graduating high school senior who has been a member of New Dimensions credit union for at least a year is eligible to apply. See guidance for an application.
New England Board of Higher Education – Tuition Break
New England Regional Student Program (RSP) is for students who find that their intended program of study is not offered by an in-state public college or university. [ http://www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak ]www.nebhe.org/tuitionbreak or contact guidance for more information.
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
Nursing students are eligible to receive funding for their training in exchange for working at least two-years at an eligible NURSE Corps facility upon graduation. Example of financial benefits include tuition, required fees, monthly support stipend and other reasonable educational costs such as books, supplies and uniforms. Visit [ http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing ]www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing for more information.
Odenza Vacations Scholarship- $500
To be eligible for the Odenza Vacations Scholarship a student must:
Submit answer to the essay question, whcih can be found on the application page, prior to the deadline. Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Be a resident of the United States or Canada
Applications can be found by going to http://www.studentscholarships.org/odenza.php
Parentinn's Scholarship- In an effort to the cause of preventing cyberbullying, we have created the “Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship” for High school students. Award: $2500 ($1250 for Undergraduate or Postgraduate students - $1250 for High School students). We run this scholarship annually. Please check our scholarship page for more information.www.parentinn.com/scholarship
PhentermineClinics Health Scholarship - Minimum Eligibility Requirements: You are currently enrolled in a college, university, high school or trade school. The content you submit in your application must be unique and must offer value to the reader. Creative, high-quality submissions have a higher chance of winning.Visit our official scholarship page: https://phentermineclinics.net/scholarship/
Ramsdell Memorial Fund
The Ramsdell Memorial Fund was established by Merton A. Ramsdell for the purpose of supporting students graduating from Readfield and Winthrop area schools who are active in their faith and community and going on to higher education. In 2017, our goal is to award several educational scholarships to Readfield and Winthrop area students. Scholarships will be awarded at graduation. See guidance for application which comes out in the spring.
Rural Rehabilitation Fund Scholarship- The application and eligibility information for the Rural Rehabilitation Fund Scholarship is now available online at: www.getrealmaine.com. Must be pursuing an agricultural degree.
The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards- awarded to a graduating student who intends to study sustainable agriculture at an accredited college in Maine. Apply at mofga.org
SCAD- Scholarship Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors. The University for Creative Careers is offering scholarship opportunities in the following categories: film, poster, comic book, photography, 2-D and fashion. Visit scad.edu/scadchallenge.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY CHILDREN PROGRAM- $2,000 scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate program of studies pursuing a bachelor degree at an accredited U.S. college or university. Visit www.militaryscholar.org for more information.
SHAW-WORTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
High school seniors who have made a meaningful contribution to animal protection over a significant period of time. Actions meriting the award may include long-term, direct work on behalf of animals; inspiring leadership in animal protection organizations; papers, speeches, or presentations on humane topics; and heroic rescues on animals in danger. A humane attitude, an understanding of humane ethics and past performance on behalf of animals are essential. There is no standard application form to complete. Applications should be written in letter form and should include your name and the name of your school, home address and phone number; a narrative of the student's achievements in animal protection; a discussion of his or her attitude toward animals; a description of activities done to promote animal protection; plans for future humane/animal protection work (in either professional or volunteer capacity). See Guidance Department for more information.
Taconnet’s Trek to Success- This is a physical and mental challenge race for seniors going to college. The participating students will be driven to each challenge. 16 seniors from Kennebec and Somerset county will be chosen. The event will be held on three consecutive Saturdays starting April 29, 2016 eliminating students each week. Scholarships range from $5,000 - $500. See guidance for an application.
The Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.- Applicants must be permanent residents of New England but may attend college anywhere in the United States; must be a U.S. citizen; must be a high school senior entering college attending accredited U.S. colleges or universities on a full-time basis; have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and enrolled in a demanding course of study. Have a substantial unmet need and/or special financial circumstances. Strong applicants also participate in a balance of community, school, and work activities, exhibiting a willingness to be involved and to make a meaning contribution to the world around them. See guidance for an application or visit www.phillips-scholarship.org.
Trademark Federal Credit Union - The Rodney C. Harmon memorial Scholarship- Any Maine resident, who is currently enrolled, or will enroll, full-time in an accredited post-secondary education institution and is pursuing an Associated, or high degree, is eligible. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of community service, academic achievement, financial need and other achievements of distinction. Must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher. See guidance for an application.
Transportation Scholarship for Women
The Maine Chapter of WTS is pleased to announce an annual $2,500 scholarship for an outstanding female high school senior who demonstrates an interest in science, technology, engineering and math and who is considering a career in the transportation industry. The recipient will be selected based on : academic performance in high school, participation in extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and personal statement. See guidance for more information or apply online at www.wtsinternational.org/maine/documents or contact Liz Brownell at 879-1838 x 121 email@example.com
University of Maine - Balanced Man Scholarship- The University of Maine Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon is offering two one-time scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to incoming freshmen men. You must be enrolled full-time at the University of Maine for the fall. See umainesigep.org/bms.
United States JCI Senate Foundation Scholarship Application- $1,000 grants will be awarded to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education at accredited post-secondary colleges, universities or vocational schools. Scholarship must be used for educational expenses in the first year of full-time study. See Chris in Guidance for an application.
WACE, the largest independently sponsored merit co-op scholarship program in the United States, WACE will award 160 merit co-op scholarships for a total value of $4,100,000. These merit co-op scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors and transfer students who plan to participate in college cooperative education at one of our Partner Institutions. [ http://www.waceinc.org ]www.waceinc.org
WBRC Architects- Engineers Scholarships - One $500 for a student with an interest in the Architecture and Engineering field. The scholarship is awarded to one Maine high school senior annually, unless no suitable candidate is identified. After selection, the scholarship will be awarded to the student based upon satisfactory completion of the first semester of a 2- to 4-year post-secondary educational institution with a major in architecture or engineering and a 2.5 grade point average. Apply at wbrcase.com/about/community/scholarship.
Scholarship Search Sites
CollegeBoard- This web site offers free customized scholarship and college searches. Please visit: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search#
College Financial Aid Advice- This is a terrific free site with helpful information/links for college planning. From college savings accounts to student loans, scholarships and grants, student jobs and tax credits; explore the many ways to fund your college education. This site can help guide you through your choices, so you can choose the best options for you. They provide an extensive list of scholarships based on majors, ethnicity & religion, minorities & women, athletics, weird/unusual, etc. Please visit: http://www.college-financial-aid-advice.com/.
Discover Colleges- This site offers free information on private colleges as well as admissions and financial aid tips. You can select information from the participating schools based on geographical and/or major criteria. Sign up for a $2,500 private colleges scholarship drawing. Visit: www.discovercolleges.com
FastWeb- This web site offers free customized scholarship and college searches. Once registered with FastWeb students receive email notifications when scholarships become available that match the student's profile. www.fastweb.com
FinAid!- Site provides helpful information for students and parents about financial aid, college scholarships, and student loans, and other types of aid. They use FastWeb's free scholarship search. Please visit: www.finaid.org
Finance Authority of Maine (FAME )- Start your scholarship search with FAME's online scholarship search. ~This search allows you to look for Maine-based scholarships that match your selected criteria. Please visit: www.famemaine.com
Maine Community Foundation Scholarship Programs and Information- www.mainecf.org/scholarships to find a directory of scholarships arranged by type (post-secondary, graduate school, aspirational/non-traditional, and private high school) and by geographic region. Be sure to review all listings that may apply to you and your goals.
PAYING FOR COLLEGE– Visit the guide from U.S. News to all your possible sources of college funds. Learn about borrowing options and which schools meet full need. www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college
Scholarships.com- This site has a wealth of financial aid information and you can conduct free scholarship searches. You can sign up for email notifications to keep you informed about the latest scholarships and grants, free information on financial aid, college admissions, student loans and other offers designed for students and parents. Please visit: www.Scholarships.com
Scholarships and Grants U.S.- This website offers searches by state of residence, gender, field of study, ethnicity or minority, or even your interests or hobbies. Please visit: http://www.scholarshipsandgrants.us/scholarships-highschool-seniors/
Here are a few tips from [ http://www.moneytalksnews.com ]www.moneytalksnews.com for scholarship advice:
1. Document volunteer service
Make sure to prepare your student by encouraging him or her to do lots of volunteering during the high school years. Colleges want to see that their students are well-rounded, active and involved in their communities.
This is very important, especially if you are dealing with a lower grade point average. My son graduated from high school with a 3.3 GPA, but he had completed more than~1,000 hours of volunteer work. This impressive track record of giving impressed several scholarship committees, resulting in some excellent financial aid.
Be precise with your documentation. I learned that my daughter won a $4,000 scholarship in a close competition with another girl because of her precise documentation of her hours — broken into quarter-hour segments.
I recommend keeping track of hours on a calendar for each year of high school, and then transferring the information to a student activity resume.
2. Create impressive student activity resumes
You can create one student activity resume or more, depending on your needs. When you begin to think about all of the activities that your student has been involved in, you may be surprised at how many things they have actually accomplished. Document them.
Highlight academic participation such as National Honor Society membership, but remember that sports involvement shows that they have learned something about team playing and being disciplined.
As I worked with my children to create a high school activity resume, it became clear that we would have to expand the activities into separate resumes for school and volunteer activities. If your child is active in church and is applying to a church-affiliated school, that could be the subject of another resume.
I even created a photo collage of different plays and programs that they had worked in.~~
3. Keep track of scholarship deadlines and requirements
This is where you want to kick your type-A tendencies into gear. If you aren’t an obsessive-compulsive person, you can become one temporarily for scholarship purposes. You can begin applying for many scholarships late in the junior year.
I kept a calendar with large blocks that had scholarship application deadlines highlighted in yellow. I attached sticky notes that showed the requirements for each application so that we would know when essays needed to be done. Then I acted like a drill sergeant (a nice one, though) and made sure that they completed everything by the dates due.
I helped by proofreading, sending in the applications — and even typing essays for my exhausted son at 11 p.m. while he dictated to me.
4. Search for good scholarships
The big scholarship websites like www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com can put you in touch with many scholarships of every imaginable type.
However, local scholarships are more likely to be where you find your best chances. Check the school counseling website. It likely will have a breakdown of all of the local and national scholarships available, as well as showing deadlines and links to them.
Scour local newspapers to see what you can find in your area. Don’t forget to ask your friends and business contacts if they know of any available scholarship opportunities.
Remember to check with the focus colleges for their available scholarships. Many of their deadlines are for February if the student will attend in the fall.
Scholarship attainment can seem daunting, but good documentation and presentation are keys that can give you great success at winning the money that you need. Add careful time management and a little obsessive-compulsive behavior to the mix, and you have a surefire method for success.
Find Scholarships available at schoolsoup.com, www.fastweb.com, www.mesfoundation.org or search a larger database of scholarships at [ http://www.collegeboard.com ]www.collegeboard.com. Local scholarships may also be found on the Maine Community Foundation website www.mainecf.org. Be certain to submit all scholarship applications as well as required materials before the deadline provided.