If you will be attending college or university in the Fall of 2016, this article is for you. Beyond applying for financial aid and dipping into your savings account to pay for college, carve out time for searching for college scholarships. Find scholarships nationwide, statewide or even locally using creative means. Scholarships and grants are used synonymously, but the semantics are unimportant – it’s free money that you do not have to pay back – EVER.
- High School
Ask your school’s guidance counselor for college scholarship materials. It’s hard to believe that in 2016 certain things exist offline only. But consider these kind of scholarships to have two benefits. First the applicant pool will be small since someone would have to go directly to their guidance counselor and secondly, hardcopy requirements will at least discourage some applicants who feel it is not worth the time if they can apply for another scholarship online.
2. Employers and community groups
Begin with larger employers, community organizations, and civic organizations. Examples include the Lions Club (find your local chapter or ask a guidance counselor), Rotary, Kiwanis, or Knights of Columbus.
The above link is for Colorado based scholarships. In addition, your statewide Rocky Mountain Federal Law Enforcement Credit Union offers four William Threlkheld scholarships each year to deserving members. The scholarship is named after the retired Division Chief of the Denver Police Department who passed away on 11/8/11. Requirements include having a 3.0 GPA or higher, being involved in your community and having the potential to succeed at the college level. Apply here.