There are various types of scholarships offered today and searching for the right one could be overwhelming for both students and parents. Before beginning the process of applying for any scholarship, it is important that you learn about the different types available and where to look for them.
Athletic scholarships are often awarded to high school athletes based on skill and performance. Unless you’re already a talented athlete, you should keep looking. Academic scholarships are based on your academic merit and financial scholarships are for those in financial need of assistance. Academic scholarships are hard to get because you’re being judged based on GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities and awards. Athletic and academic scholarships are very competitive and you need to start early to market your abilities to get noticed.
Places to look for private scholarships:
- High schools
- Religious organizations
- Chamber of commerce
- Philanthropic organizations
- Websites like CollegeScholarships.org
Your school can help you get scholarships, but unless you’re in the top of your class, you need to look for your own to get the best ones. Look into private scholarships, which are offered by foundations, organizations or companies that are working for the betterment of students.
Applying for private scholarships takes time and effort, but can be very beneficial. Apply for as many as you qualify for and even if you only get small ones, it will all add up to a bigger reward.