Scholarships are awarded on the basis of
merit, academic achievement, financial need, or a combination of the
three. Financial need is rarely the primary factor considered, but it is
often used to make a decision among equally qualified finalists. The
criteria of each scholarship depend on the values or goals of the
group offering the scholarship, however, you must meet all criteria in
order to be eligible.Scholarship Application Process
Important to note - you don't have to be
admitted to the College in order to
apply for financial aid or scholarships. But you must be admitted at
the time scholarship decisions are made to be considered.
application process for each scholarship is different; please follow
the directions listed with each scholarship. However, all scholarships
will require you to complete an essay; essay topics may vary. The essay
is a critical part of the application
because it is often the only information the selection committee will
have about each candidate. You should also submit a current resume with
Some scholarship applications will ask for an
individual assessment of your budget.
This is the place to discuss special issues that need to be explained in
greater detail. If there is not enough room on the budget form, attach a
copy of your explanation to the application. If the application states
no attachments are allowed, you may
want to devote some part of your essay to discussing your situation (if
the essay allows for it).
You also might consider focusing your application/essay on:
Community Service/Volunteer Work - ANYTHING you do for others - at an organization
such as a school, church, youth organization or non-profit facility; helping a neighbor or relative who is a senior or disabled.
Preferences - ethnic minority, first generation (neither parent has a four year degree), single parent and female, etc.