Scholarships are financial aid awards that don’t have to be paid back.
There are many types of scholarships available, including: merit, achievement, leadership, service, diversity, talent, major/interest and financial need.
Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to incoming freshmen. These may be automatic merit scholarships when you apply to the institution. There may also be department scholarships, leadership scholarships, talent scholarships and private scholarships. These might require you to complete a separate application. 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 need to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and/or CSS profile (College Scholarship Service).
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. Many scholarships review their applicants holistically.
- Seek tutoring and outside help with your classes.
- 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 Naviance Family Connections, 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 a club or “Captain” of a team. 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.
- Start a scholarship resume to keep track of all the great things you’ve been doing. There is a resume program on Naviance Family Connections under the About Me tab.
- Register for private scholarships using Naviance Family Connections National Scholarship Search, under the Colleges tab.
Scholarship Advice for Juniors
- Keep your grades up and stay involved.
- Continue to register for private scholarships using search engines, like Fastweb.com and Collegeboard.org.
- If you don’t know where you want to go to school or what your major will be, go back to Naviance Family Connections 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.
- Get a part-time job or internship. 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 Naviance Family Connections to aid in your decision-making process.
- 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 for “Scholarship of the Month” and updates in your email and Naviance Family Connections.
- 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.