Look into all scholarship and grant opportunities. The number of scholarships that are offered might surprise you.
Scholarships are "free money" and should be taken advantage of at every opportunity. Many scholarships are not need based or based on academic standing, but may be based on your ability, your area of study, geographic location, and ethnicity to name just a few. With persistence and the willingness to search them out, scholarships can be an excellent source for paying for college.
There are a number of ways to search for scholarships. Scholarship locator sites such as www.fastweb.com and www.collegeboard.com enable you to develop a personalized profile allowing you to search for scholarships based on your personal choices.
Consider these sources:
- Talk with your high school counselor
- College resource centers
- Scholarship reference books
- Check your specific college's web site for scholarship information
- Community organizations and financial institutions
Be wary of scholarship locator sites requiring payment. "Free money" should be just that. More information about scholarship scams and how to report them can be found at www.finaid.org.
B.E.S.T. College Night Scholarship
Eligibility: Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Elgin and Smithville High School Seniors who will be graduating in December or May in the B.E.S.T. College Night year. One scholarship of $500 will be given to a senior from each of the 4 schools. The scholarship funds will be presented directly to the college, university, or trade school after a copy of college registration is submitted or other documentation is provided, depending on the school.
2013 B.E.S.T. Scholarship Application (due 9/25/2013)
Aggieland Credit Union Scholarships
One senior from a Bryan High School and one senior from a College Station High School who will attend Texas A&M University will be awarded a $1000 scholarship. Applications can be picked up at participating schools.