A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR STUDENTS
Do you have a 2.5 or higher GPA?
Do you want to reduce your student loans?
Do you need more money for your tuition and fees?
To get more money to satisfy your needs, apply for Outside Scholarships. Provided below are links to useful outside scholarship websites. Please feel free to research and apply before the scheduled deadline dates. Good luck surfing!
TOP 10 SCHOLARSHIP TIPS
1. Apply only if you're eligible! Read all of the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to make sure you're eligible before you send in your application. Your application can't win if you're not eligible for the scholarship.
2. Complete the application in full. If a question doesn't apply, note that on the application. Don't just leave it blank.
3. Follow directions. Provide everything that is required. But don't supply things that aren't requested - you could be disqualified.
4. Neatness counts. Make several photocopies of all the forms you receive. Use the copies as working drafts to develop your application packet. Always type your application. If you must print, do so neatly and legibly.
5. Make sure your essay makes an impression. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: who, what, where and when.
6. Watch out for deadlines. To help keep yourself on track, impose a deadline on yourself that is at least two weeks before the stated deadline. Use this time to proofread your application before you send it off.
7. Make copies before sending. Before sending your application, make a copy of the entire packet and keep it on file in case your application goes astray. Make sure your name (and social security number if applicable) appears on each page of your application to ensure that nothing is lost.
8. Give it a fine "once-over." Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread it as well.
9. Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, call the funding organization and ask questions.
10. Remember - your scholarship application represents you! Your ability to submit a neat, timely complete application reflects on you. It's your face to this organization. Take pride in yourself by submitting your best application.
Foster Care to Success (formerly Orphan Foundation of America)
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