When you are trying to decide what scholarships you should apply for, consider the questions below. Each one of the questions are likely qualifiers for one or more scholarships. Reviewing these questions and keeping them in mind when you research scholarships will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Where do you reside (city/county)?
Why this question is important: There will be scholarships that are only eligible to students from a certain region or specific county. Make sure you only apply for what you qualify for. If you don’t qualify, you will be taken out of the running before the providers even get a chance to look over your scholarship.
Which high school are you graduating from?
Why this question is important: Just like city and county matter, your high school matters. There may be scholarships provided by local foundations specific to your high school. In addition to this, your high school might offer scholarships to students with high merit, good character or based on involvement within the school. Ask your school counselor.
Which college, university or technical school are you or will you be attending?
Why this question is important: Just like high schools offer scholarships specific to their students, colleges do as well. Make sure to visit your college’s financial aid page to view scholarships your institution offers.
Where do your parents work?
Why this question is important: Your parents’ employer might offer scholarships to employee children. Ask your parents or visit their company website to learn more.
Where do you work?
Why this question is important: Your employer might offer scholarships to employees. Ask your boss or visit the company website to learn more.
Which associations or clubs are you or your parent’s members of?
Why this question is important: If you or your parents are involved within your community, this might qualify you for more scholarships. Visit the organization’s website to learn more.