Sources of Scholarship Money
There are four main sources of scholarship money: private sector, institutional, local, and federal and state programs. Understanding these can help you maximize your scholarship search. The person who finds the most scholarship money isn't always the student with the best grades but the student who is the most persistent in the scholarship hunt. It takes a great deal of time to sort through and fill out scholarship applications, but the effort is worth it when the money comes in!
PRIVATE SECTOR SCHOLARSHIPS
The private sector scholarship applications that come to the counseling office will be available in the counseling office. Senior students are responsible for picking up applications and submitting them on time.
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In order to receive a scholarship from a college, a student must apply for admission and also apply for scholarships by the specified deadline. It is important to know the deadline and then meet the deadline.
Local Organizations and groups have established scholarships for graduating senior. Those scholarships that come to my attention will be brought to your attention immediately. Parents should check with their places of employment to see if their employers offer scholarships to children of employees. Also, check with your churches and any organizations in which you are active for scholarship opportunities.
FEDERAL AND STATE SCHOLARSHIPS
In order to access the federal financial aid programs one must complete the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid). Since your income tax information is required to complete the FAFSA, one cannot apply for federal and state programs until January. Financial aid nights will be scheduled at both Bennington and Tescott High Schools in September or October to help parents and students learn how to fill out the FAFSA.
The state of Kansas has two main scholarships for senior students. For vocational bound students, there is the State Vocational Scholarship program. In order to qualify for this scholarship, one must take a test at a vo-tech school. A student must pre-register for the test. Registration forms are available in the counseling office. The State of Kansas Scholarship program for non-vocational students is available for students who took the Board of Regents curriculum. Students must also have at least a 3.9 GPA and score 29 or better on the ACT test.
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