With many societal changes over the last decade, it has become harder and harder for parents to pay for their children’s education.
Where must those who want to attend college then resort?
Scholarships are readily available for students of any age, race, ethnicity and grade level, you just have to go out and find them, which is obviously the tricky part.
The advantage goes to students who start looking for scholarship opportunities when they begin entering high school. It is more advantageous to start your scholarship or grant search at this time because many of these opportunities are only available to those students who know of the opportunities at hand.
A great place to start your search would be using the Internet, one of the greatest tools of the 21st century. There are websites dedicated to helping students find scholarships that are geared specifically toward their life-long goals and aspirations, including what major they would like to participate in, their achievements during their school years, hobbies participated in, even what jobs their parents hold and at what company. As you can see many aspects of life can be taken into consideration when applying for scholarships and grants.
In many instances these sites will even send you email updates when new scholarships pertaining to your profile are added, or when their deadlines are coming up. This is a great advantage to students or parents due to busy schedules that members in the family hold. To start your search you would utilizing the Internet, using the search engine of your choice, type in scholarships or grants and search.
There are also several books on the market that will allow you to research more in-depth on your own and at your own pace on what scholarships are available. The books usually cost anywhere from fifteen to thirty dollars, depending on which publishing company produces the book, some even include a CD-Rom that would allow you to access the information via computer.
The scholarships are listed by category; some include your major, age, location, hobbies, community service, ethnicity, race, and others. The only disadvantage of using this resource is that you would have to pay for it out of pocket. You may find the book at your local library, but it isn’t all that often that they would keep an up to date version on scholarship aids lying around. That shouldn’t however stop you from trying to look through your local library; it would save you some money.
Having community service hours to your credit will be a great service to you in the long run when applying for scholarships. In many cases, money is awarded to well-rounded individuals who have achieved something grand for their community.
This may include babysitting, volunteering at your church organization (which is another place to look for education funds), volunteering at your local library, or for any local organization nearby. This list includes only a few opportunities, the sky is the limit when it comes to volunteering and community service.
The easiest place to look for a scholarship is with your school. A guidance counselor or a financial aid representative will be very knowledgeable about the current financial opportunities that are available to you. Each student’s situation is very different and they could go over every possibility money-wise that you have.
The third place to look would be with your employer. Many companies these days offer scholarships to students who have worked with the company for over a year, and others offer tuition reimbursement based on the grades that you receive each semester.
The only disadvantage to that would be that you would initially have to fork over the money for the schooling and receive a reimbursement from your employer afterward. However many schools are lenient and have payment plans and options for you. They want your business as much as you want to give them your business.
A few companies that offer scholarships to the general public include Discover Card, Coca-Cola, and Target. Of course you have to apply for these scholarships and all of them are restricted to specific grade levels, so make sure that you keep in touch with your guidance counselor and let them know that you are in the scholarship market. They will be able to serve you better if they know what it is you need them to do.
The last financial resource that should be tapped is that of your parents and of your savings accounts. Many parents are willing to help pay for a budgeted amount of their child’s education. It is your choice if you take that opportunity or not. Also, many students decide to pay for many of their expenses on their own, again this should be one of your final resources. Try to obtain scholarships and financial aid from your school or state beforehand.
The scholarship process is not always a success or easy. Keep at it and your efforts will be awarded eventually. Every person has something different to offer the world and many companies would like to help students reach their goals by supplying financial resources to them. Good luck in your search.The scholarship process