SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION FOR WAYNE TRACE SENIOR
Financing a college education is one of a family’s biggest challenges. Seniors should certainly take advantage of every opportunity to secure funding. Ultimately, the largest source of financial aid is the federal government through the various grants, loans, work-study, and tax credits. Access to these sources is through the FAFSA which every parent should submit. Check out www.studentaid.ed.gov for more detailed information.
Here are a couple of tips that might be helpful when searching for scholarships.
Access national data bases. One of the most popular sites is www.fastweb.com.
There are many others, but all of them work about the same way. Students submit a profile and the computer matches their profile with scholarships that are compatible. Students then have the opportunity to secure applications from those sources and enter the competition. Many of these are state and national scholarships that are extremely competitive; however, a student has no chance if they don’t try.
Check scholarship opportunities from parent’s employers, social organizations, churches, and so on. Some of these groups establish scholarships for children whose parents work for or have some affiliation with the scholarship provider.
Most colleges offer their own scholarships to students based on a variety of criteria. Check with the colleges and make sure applications are submitted on time! Contact your College Admissions Counselor for more information.
Check out scholarships that are announced in the media.
Watch out for Scams!! Do Not Pay Anyone to Conduct a Scholarship Search.
Finally, check with the high school Guidance Office for scholarship opportunities. The next pages discuss the scholarships that are currently available to Wayne Trace students. As scholarships become available, additional lists will be made available to students. All scholarship forms will be on the Guidance webpage of the high school website. www.waynetrace.org. Students are able to view and print the forms at school. A hard copy will NOT be handed out to students. The descriptions and deadlines will continue to be handed out to students.
There will never be enough scholarship monies to meet the need of every student. There are many saving programs such as 529 Plans that are beneficial to those families who are able to start saving early. Many students can save money by attending a community college for a year or so and then transfer to a main campus.