Once you have completed your testing (SAT or ACT) and applied to college, begin working on your scholarship applications. Now is a great time to begin applying for scholarships! There are many types of scholarships available. Some scholarships are never given away because no one applies for them. A common misconception about scholarships is that they are only available for the smartest students with the highest GPAs. However, this just isn’t even close to true. There are scholarships out there for every type of student seeking a college education.
Academic scholarships are also often referred to as merit scholarships. These are for the students with the high GPAs, good test scores and years as part of several extracurricular activities.
For students with strong academics and physical skills, athletic scholarships are the way to go. There is practically a scholarship for every single sport, from volleyball to football; gymnastics to cheerleading.
Scholarships for Minorities
There are also many scholarships for minorities available. Some of these are general and for all minorities as a collective whole, while others are catered to individual ethnic groups.
For those artistic at heart, there are creative scholarships available to help you pursue your passion. Art scholarships, music scholarships and even dance scholarships usually involve an audition of some sort, and can help you get through art school or an art program at a university.
Community Service Scholarships
Community service scholarships are fantastic for those that love to give to others and give back to their communities. If you already perform a lot of community service, then a scholarship in this vein may be perfect for you. There is also the Federal Work Study program, which awards a percentage of their funding to students performing community service activities. It may be a viable option for you if you were planning on using work-study as a means of paying for college.
Regardless of the type of scholarships you pursue, know that there is something out there for everyone. No matter your grades, your interests or your background. Please refer to our google sheet first when looking at scholarships. These are companies that have contacted Shepherd High School to advertise their scholarship. They are usually local, county or area scholarships. Here's the link to the google sheet: https://goo.gl/daxK5z