Tips and information that will help you during your search for a scholarship

  1. What different types of scholarships are there?  
    There are a variety of different types of scholarships, available from both university and external sources.  Most scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and some are also based on financial need.
     
  2. How do I qualify for merit-based scholarships? 
     Merit-based scholarships are based on prior academic performance. Other criteria may include leadership, involvement in activities, geographical background, ethnic background, intended major, and career goals. Pay special attention to the eligibility requirements and selection criteria for each scholarship.

  3. What scholarships are available to international students?  
    General University Scholarships are available to qualified international students, as are a number of awards through International Affairs. For more information keep visiting this website to find out more scholarships.

  4. Typically, what are the deadlines for scholarships?  
    most scholarships prime months for scholarship deadlines are January through April and august for awards starting the following fall term. Keep in mind that many scholarships are only awarded once a year, so missing a deadline can mean missing out until the next cycle. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.
     
  5. What are some good tips in seeking scholarships through my community? 
    External Scholarships come to the attention of the financial aid office through churches, high schools, and private organizations. You can learn about these opportunities by utilizing free web searches. You may also want to be in direct contact with large companies in your area or your parent's employer or other organizations with whom you have a connection. In some cases, you may not have to be directly associated with an organization to qualify for a scholarship.
     
  6. Where do I start?  
    Here is a great place! Keep visiting this website for more scholarships to come. It takes a lot of work to get scholarships, but the reward is well worth the time involved.
     
  7. Do you have any tips for applying for scholarships?  

    Pay close attention to scholarship application deadlines. Use a calendar, make a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.

    Gather application materials early — give yourself plenty of time to complete each step. Applications that have been rushed look sloppy and incomplete applications probably won't be accepted.

     Don't ignore small awards. Even these can add up!

     Prepare your resume and keep it updated- this is a good way to outline your thoughts and show your activities and achievements.

     Think carefully about who should write your letters of recommendation. Choose people who can be specific about your strengths as well as your ability to overcome your weaknesses.

     In your essays, let your personality shine through. Present your ideas in a focused, thoughtful and meaningful manner. Write in a natural style and support your ideas with specific examples.

     Proofread your essays and applications. Ask friends, teachers or parents for feedback. Errors or poor writing skills will have a negative effect.

     Keep a copy of everything you submit!

     If you are notified that you have received a scholarship made possible by a specific donor, send a thank-you note to the donor. Also, if appropriate, keep the donor informed of your progress.