From student loans to scholarships, the following online resources can help you secure money for college:
NASFAA - National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Most colleges and universities offer merit scholarships to incoming freshmen. Be sure to ask the colleges you're interested in about how to apply for these scholarship opportunities.
Additional scholarships, given out by local organizations and nationally-recognized companies, are also available. Here is a sampling of well-established scholarship opportunities for students with various talents and career pursuits. Click on the titles to learn more:
For high school seniors who demonstrate leadership and service to their community as well as strong academic achievement. Students must be nominated by their teacher, guidance counselor or principal while attending a U.S. high school. Applicants who best exemplify academic excellence (3.5 GPA or higher), community service and leadership will receive $200,000 in awards for excellence scholarships. For more information about the Awards for Excellence Scholarship Program, call 1-800-AFS-INFO.
For young people pursuing engineering as a career. One $1000 and two $500 awards are being offered to students who attend an ABET-accredited college or university engineering program.
Available to all High School Seniors who are U.S. Citizens.
For high school seniors who are the children or grandchildren (or stop-child, step-grandchild, or a legal ward) of a LIVING ELK. The Elk must be a paid-up member.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award
For high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability and are interested in interacting with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education and the professions to discuss present and future issues. Check with the Guidance Office for an application.
For high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 (B+) or better and community college transfer students who are planning to participate in college cooperative education. This Co-op scholarship will award 113, $5000 merit scholarships at a total value of $2,260,000. Applicants must include a typed one-page essay describing why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program.
National Association of Secondary School Principals
For a high school senior in the top 20% of their class who demonstrate leadership. Applicants must be nominated by the Principal to be eligible. Check with the guidance office for an application.
For high school seniors or a college students though junior year who are sons/stepsons or daughters/step daughters of an Elk member in good standing.
For high school seniors planning to attend a college of the State University of New York of a two-year community college before transferring to a college of the State University of New York for a baccalaureate degree in education are eligible. Applicants will be judged on character, personality, academic achievement and potential teaching ability.
For students entering as college freshman. Up to 20 entering freshman will be selected to receive full merit-based scholarships based on academic and creative achievement in communications, involvement in relevant extra-curricular activities and significant community service. Each scholarship covers the full cost of attendance per year and is renewable annually for up to four years of continued full-time enrollment in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College.
For high school juniors and seniors who like to write poetry. The winner and two runners-up will see their poems published in The Kenyon Review. The winner will also receive a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop.
This program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Students apply each September through their school an officially designated local organization. Local honorees receive a certificate of achievement. State honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events. National honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit, charitable organization of their choice. For more information, visit http://spirit.prudential.com or www.principals.org/spirit.
For high school seniors interested in the study of engineering and the related sciences. Applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. at the time of the application and meet minimum requirements with regard to grade point average, SAT 1 and/or ACT scores as outlined in the individual requirements of each scholarship. Individual requirements for various scholarships can be obtained in the SAE application booklet.
For high school seniors. Applicants may NOT be a Wal-Mart of SAM’s CLUB Associate or be the child or legal dependent of a Wal-Mart or SAM’s CLUB Associate. Applicants may log on to walmartfoundation.org for more information.
For high school seniors. This program will award 100 renewable scholarships valued at $10,000 or $20,000 payable over four years, to seniors who enroll in a four-year college or university. Each school may have only one nominee -for a student who has outstanding academic record, is an effective leader, and highly involved in service both in and out of the school setting. The student must also be currently involved in a service program addressing a school or community need.