Your high school guidance center distributes information on available scholarships on a regular basis. Scholarships are usually based on one or more of the following criteria: high grade point average, enrollment in a specific university, plans to major in a specific field, financial need, high SAT or ACT scores, ethnic background, residence, letters of recommendation, community service, demonstrated leadership potential, special talents - i.e. athletics, music, etc. or essay writing ability.
Your Campus Guidance Center and website are your most valuable sources for scholarship opportunities. It is wise to discuss periodically the latest scholarship opportunities with your counselor. It is important for you to be diligent in your efforts to exhaust all possible sources of scholarship moneys for which you feel you qualify.
Financial aid is assistance based solely on need. Need is defined as the family's ability to pay versus the cost of attending a college. To determine the amount of need, a college requires your family to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (The FAFSA is available online in December of your senior year. Also, an Institutional Financial Aid/Scholarship Application or the 'Profile' may be required by the college in addition to the FAFSA.)
For more information on financial aid, please see pages 17 - 19 in the College and Career Resource Handbook. Click the link below.
https://ctat.secure-platform.com/a (CTE Student Scholarship Opportunity)
www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp (United Negro College Fund)
www.hispanicfund.org (Hispanic College Fund)
www.lnesc.org (LULAC National Scholarship Fund)
www.ronbrown.org (Ron Brown Scholar Program)
www.jackierobinson.org (The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
www.apiasf.org/scholarships (The Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund)
www.collegefund.org (The American Indian College Fund)