College and career training can be expensive – that’s not news to anyone. The good news is that there are many sources of scholarships for high school students. Check out these six – which can help pay for community college, university, or job training.
1. Talk to your high school counselor
Your high school counselor wants to help you with higher education, and can give you guidance about available scholarships, how to apply, and how to make yourself stand out against the other candidates.
2. Contact schools where you want to apply
Many schools automatically consider applicants that have high grade point averages or high standardized test scores (like ACT or SAT). But most schools also have many other scholarships available, many financed by alumni. These scholarships may be based on things like your background, your job aspirations, or your accomplishments. Contact the admissions office of any school you are considering and ask about scholarship opportunities.
3. Consider your employer or your parent’s employer
Many companies large and small offer scholarship programs. If you have a part-time job, ask your manager or look on your company’s website to find out about scholarship opportunities. Some are available to students who continue working at the same company while going to college. Others are available simply because you’ve worked at the company in the past. And your parent’s employer may also offer scholarships.
4. Look online
Everything is online these days – including resources for finding scholarships. One of the most popular (and oldest) is fastweb.com. Just remain aware that, like anything else online, there’s scammers – so stay away from anything that seems too good to be true, that asks you for money, or that asks for personal information like your Social Security number.
5. Check with religious or philosophical organizations
If you or your parent is a member of a religious congregation – or a non-religious philosophical organization – check if they offer scholarships. Expand your search to not only local but also national organizations.
6. Use your community contacts
Many public libraries have bulletin boards and knowledgeable librarians who can point you to scholarship opportunities. Local businesses may also offer scholarships to students who want to attend college or job training. Check with local clubs like the Rotary Club, too.