SCHOLARSHIPS ARE EVERYWHERE! AT YOUR SCHOOL, COLLEGE, NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, PARENTS WORKPLACE COMPANY, BANKS/CREDIT UNIONS, ETC...... SCHOLARSHIPS TYPICALLY CAN BE USED AT ANY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL TRAINING AND EDUCATION.
STEPS TO FIND AND APPLY TO SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
STEP 1: Start now!!! Keep a notebook to organize your efforts as well as saving information in an Excel spreadsheet. Schedule time to research, choose, and fill out scholarship applications. Come to the Career Center for help to get started. View brief PowerPoint of Scholarship Basics.
STEP 2: Start the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with your parents. The Career Center and Naviance Specialist can also help you. Please finish the FAFSA application as soon as you can. Colleges and universities require the FAFSA to be finished near their application due dates!!
STEP 2: Log in to your Naviance account and view the scholarship list. (Naviance: https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1464) Read scholarships and their eligibility requirements and then choose the schoalrship that fits.
STEP 3: Visit the Career Center, Counselors, and teachers for additional scholarships. Ask your parent/guardian's work, your bank, your workplace, etc, if there are any scholarships available through their organization.
STEP 4: Search other databases and websites for scholarships that fit you and your career and academic goals. Again, keep track of scholarships that fit you.
- www.the washboard.org
- https://www.artandwriting.org/who-we-are/affiliate-partners/ (Art & Writing Scholarships)
STEP 5: Keep checking these list for new and updated scholarships and awards. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ADDED TO DATABASES ALL THE TIME.
STEP 6: College Bound Scholarship: Find out if you qualify for the College Bound Scholarship by calling 1-888-535-0747 (choose Option 1) or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you went to middle school in Washington State, you and your parents may have applied for the College Bound Scholarship. Also, to receive texts from College Bound, text 360-928-7281 and write "Hi Otter" to start receiving messages about finanical aid.
- Visit the Career Center and your Counselor, they can check if you are on the College Bound Scholarship list.
STEP 7: Washington State Opportunity Scholarship: Find out if you qualify for the Opportunity Scholarship, which supports students pursuing bachelor (4-year) and associate (2-year) degrees in high demand trade, STEM, and health care occupations. Students studying certificate and apprenticeship programs are also eligible for this scholarship. View eligible programs at Washington Community and Technical Colleges here: https://www.sbctc.edu/our-colleges/explore-colleges/default.aspx. To view deadlines for Fall 2020, go to www.waopportunityscholarship.org/students/applicants/cts.
STEP 8: Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program: Are you applying to non-Washington State schools? If so, maybe these schools participate in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program, possibly giving you huge tuition disounts!! Go to https://www.wiche.edu/wue and search for out of state schools that offer WUE scholarship. For a list of WUE schools, you can also visit https://wuesavingsfinder.wiche.edu/search-results.php.
STEP 9: Attend Everett Public School district's Financial Aid Night or High School & Beyond Events to learn more. Go to https://www.everettsd.org/domain/1464 to read more about High School & Beyond events.)
STEP 10: Never give up applying for scholarships. Your efforts are well worth your time. Good luck.
**On scholarship applications, answer all questions asked and type answers or write VERY nicely. Double-check your work (grammar, spelling, word choice, etc.). Ask others, friends and adults, to read your essays to help you explain who you are, what you have done, and who you want to become.
**Never pay any money to get a scholarship or to attend a Financial Aid presentation. You never should have to pay money to get money.
**Turn in scholarship applications BEFORE their due dates, which means you need to request EARLY your recommendation letters, transcripts, and so on. Keep track of your progress in a notebook or Excel spreadsheet.
**Complete the FAFSA (Go to https://www.everettsd.org/Page/9402 to learn more about Financial Aid.) The FAFSA is typically open October 1 every year.