Scholarships are financial aid awards which don’t have to be paid back.
There are many types of scholarships available. Some may include merit, achievement, talent, major/interest and financial need.
Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to incoming freshmen students. There may be automatic merit scholarships when you apply to the institution. There may also be department scholarships, leadership scholarships, talent scholarships and private scholarships. You may need to complete separate applications for some of these scholarships. Make sure to check out the colleges and universities you are interested in to see their scholarship opportunities. To be considered for need based scholarships, students may need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). www.fafsa.ed.gov
Many organizations such as charitable groups, unions and others offer scholarships to children of their members/participants.
Most private scholarships require an application process, so seek them out early and apply extensively. Please review a few of these useful college planning and scholarship websites;
Scholarship Advice for Freshmen
- Start looking for scholarships today! It's not too early! There are scholarships out there for students of almost any age.
- Your grades don't have to be perfect to get scholarships. However, your eligibility for scholarships increases A LOT when you keep your GPA above 3.0!
- Seek tutoring and outside help with your classes
- NOW is the time to get involved in clubs, activities and community service!!! Some scholarship applications ask how you were involved for each year of high school. Keep track of your volunteer projects and hours, as well as any certificates, awards or honors that you receive.
Scholarship Advice for Sophomores
- Start saving your essays that might be adapted to college admissions essays or scholarship application essays.
- Stay involved in school and the community.
- After learning how to use utahfutures.org continue your search for post-secondary institutions and interests.
- Begin to incorporate leadership into your activities. Many students believe that leadership is limited to President of the National Honor Society or Vice President of the Student Council. While these are great examples of leadership, there are lots of other ways to be a leader! If you are helping coach a little league team, working as a camp counselor, or if you are tutoring others, you are a leader. If you organized the church dinner or were chairperson of a committee, you have leadership experience.
- Keep your resume up to date with celebrations of all the great things you've been doing. There is a resume program on utahfutures.org under the Planner menu.
Scholarship Advice for Juniors
- Keep your grades up and stay involved.
- Get registered on Fastweb.com and Collegeboard.org. search engines for scholarships.
- If you don't know where you want to go to school or what your major will be, go back to utahfutures.org to compare colleges or re-evaluate your interests.
- Start thinking about whom you'd like to ask to be references for scholarships. These should be people who have seen your dedication and hard work.
- Start selling yourself -- point out to your teachers, potential references and your counselors that you are a deserving candidate for scholarships, nominations and awards. Many of us don't know about all the great things you have been doing.
- Get a part-time job or intern. If you have an idea about what career would like to have after college, try to work in this field.
- Be sure to attend your SEOP with a parent. This takes place during the third quarter.
- Make an appointment with the Scholarship Advisor before you leave for summer.
Scholarship Advice for Seniors
- Get organized. Make sure you know admission and scholarship deadlines for the colleges and universities you applying to.
- Still not sure where you want to go to school or what your major will be? Use utahfutures.org to aid in your decision-making process. Check out the Carnegie Foundation's list of the nation's top schools to help with your college choices.
- Whether you are attending an in state or out of state institution, you may want to apply for the Sterling Scholar Competition. If you become a regional winner, you will win a $1,000 tuition scholarship from PCHS. You may also receive 1 to 4 years tuition if you attend an in state institution.
- If you'd like to attend any of Utah's Applied Technology Schools or Community Colleges, be sure to apply for the variety of scholarships that are available.
- Apply for local Community Scholarships in the spring.
- Ask your intended school what scholarships they have for freshmen.
- Ask the DEPARTMENT at the school where you are interested in attending what scholarships they have to offer college freshmen.
- Watch the monthly scholarship reports that are included in the PCHS Newsletter.
- Listen for new scholarship announcements on the Morning Miner Show!
- Meet with the Scholarship Advisor periodically to discuss scholarship opportunities.
- Don't stop applying for scholarships throughout your college career! Many college departmental scholarships are for students after their freshman year.
Heather Briley, PCHS Scholarship Advisor, 435-645-5650, ext. 2085.