As tuition costs rise, applying for scholarships has become an essential step in making college affordable. Follow the simple steps below to locate and apply for scholarships:
1) Identify possible scholarships from trustworthy sources:
- File the FAFSA and any other required financial aid forms for need-based scholarships. See ‘Financial aid’ in the navigation menu to the right for more information.
- Check the financial aid website for each college on your list for merit scholarships.
- Local scholarships arrive in the JHHS College Career Center daily. Students should search Naviance for an updated list of scholarships currently available:
- Log into Naviance Family Connection and click on the Colleges tab
- Scroll down to Scholarships and Money
- Click on Scholarship List. This updated list of local scholarships can easily by sorted by due dates so that JHHS students can research and apply for scholarships due in the next few months. Scholarships with no listed website have paper applications available in the College Career Center.
- Complete a JHHS Scholarship nomination form to be considered for local scholarships requiring a nomination.
- Search for National Scholarships with a trusted search engine.
- Don’t forget that parent and student employers, professional organizations or trade unions are also good sources of scholarships.
2) Pay close attention to DEADLINE DATES on the applications. If letters of recommendation are required, ask the writer at least two weeks in advance of the deadline so that they have time to write a thoughtful recommendation. Any scholarship applications requiring a transcript, should be turned into the JHHS College/Career Center at least TEN SCHOOL DAYS IN ADVANCE of the deadline date.
3) Complete the application.
BEWARE of Scholarship Scams:
- “Free Seminars on Financial Aid” that are sales pitches for overpriced consulting
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else”
- “You’re a finalist in a scholarship contest…” (that you never entered)
- “For a small application fee or handling fee…”
- “You are guaranteed to win a scholarship or we will pay you back”
If you have to pay money for scholarship applications or advice or it sounds too good to be true, it is probably a scam. Stay with the trusted resources listed above.