Where to find them? The Guidance Office posts a list of available scholarships and their due dates, or view list at this link; it is up to you to solicit the information and complete the applications. Many are due before winter break; start early.
There is a generic scholarship application available in March and due in April that is used for local organizations donating money to our seniors. Some are one time awards; others are given annually, if you meet the requirements. Specifications are delineated when the award is granted; it is up to the recipient to follow the guidelines to reapply the next year.
College Financial Aid offices may have links to scholarships specific to their college. Stay in contact with the Financial Aid Officer, and be sure to ask whether you are taking advantage of everything the school has to offer.
There are clearing houses for scholarships that you may choose to use. BE AWARE AND BE WARY of the fees involved, and know that results are not guaranteed. If any financial aid/scholarship search requires payment from you, we recommend you do not use it.
A new clearinghouse database has been created specifically for Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula students through the Connect Rappahannock Organization: www.connectrappahannock.org .
Visit the following websites for more scholarship information:
www.scholaraid.com - Scholaraid
www.uncf.org - United Negro College Fund
www.afrotc.com - Air Force ROTC Scholarship
Raise.me: Raise.me is offering students the chance to earn up to $8,500 for scoring well on the PSAT and $1,000 for simply taking the test from schools like Tulane, Syracuse, University of Dayton and Denver. Raise.me is a free service for students and high schools. Learn more.
Financial Guide for African Americans The financial aid guide for minority students was recently published at : www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/minority/
Another guidebook was created to help students from many minority groups -- including African American, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and others -- better understand their financial aid options. The guide includes a wealth of resources intended to help minority students and their families through the scholarship and financial aid process. These resources include:
- A list of scholarships available to students from various minority groups
- A step-by-step guide to finding scholarships and grants
- A breakdown of the many types of financial aid available
Echo Lynch, a long-time Financial Aid Program Officer helped us develop the guidebook, providing an in-depth look at the nuances of today's financial aid. During her 18-year tenure, Lynch has served countless first-generation and low-income minority students and their families.
You can find this guide at: Minority scholarships
Financial Aid for Adults Going Back to College
Many adults considering their options to go back to college are concerned that they will not qualify for financial aid. The good news is that there is no age limit for federal student aid, and almost anyone is eligible. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and the quickest way to apply is online through the website, www.fafsa.gov.
Federal aid for adult students can be used to pay for the expenses associated with college education, including tuition, fees, accommodation, transportation, and books. You can also use your federal aid to fund equipment, such as a personal computer. Students with disabilities can use the funds to purchase assistive devices to enable them to access classes or any other equipment necessary to complete their study programs.