R. Gabrielle McCormick

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had many students and parents ask me about financial aid and scholarships.

One thing to keep in mind is that even if you don’t qualify for any government aid, there are still special programs and initiatives your current or potential university may offer.

Here are a few questions I recommend you ask your financial aid office or admissions recruiters at upcoming college nights/fairs:

  • What scholarships or programs are available specifically for ___________________?
  • When are most of your scholarships available for students to apply?
  • Are departmental and university-wide scholarships listed in the same scholarship portal, or are there different places I need to look and apply?
  • Are there any other programs that offer financial assistance that may not be deemed a scholarship? Special programs or initiatives?
  • What academic requirements are typically required for university-wide scholarships?
  • Do you have any information regarding scholarships for _________ major or department?
  • Who would be the best contact person for scholarships in _________ department?
  • Are there any other scholarship forms, in addition to FAFSA, that need to be completed?
  • Who do we need to stay in contact with if we have additional questions or need more scholarships?
  • Is there anything else I should know about scholarships at your university?
  • I hope these starter questions help you as you continue your scholarship journey.

  • Here are this week’s scholarship picks:

    1. Scholarships.com $500 InstaScholarship: Share your top priorities for this school year in this Instagram scholarship! All you have to do is post a picture on Instagram with the hashtag: #InstaScholarship and tag @scholdotcom. Students must be in high school or college to apply.
      Award: $500
      Deadline: September 30, 2017
    2. Just Poetry Scholarship: This scholarship is open to all high school students. To apply, entrants must submit a poem of 20 lines or less, covering a subject of their choosing.
      Award: 1 – $100 Scholarship; 1 – $500 Scholarship
      Deadline: September 30, 2017
    3. Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship: Students must be in high school, college, or graduate school to apply. All you have to do is submit an application of 140-characters about texting while driving.
      Award: $1,000
      Deadline: September 30, 2017
    4. Shout It Out Scholarship: Students as young as 13 are eligible for this scholarship! Applications must submit an essay answering the following question: “If you could say one thing to the entire world at once, what would it be and why?”
      Deadline: September 30, 2017

    Happy Tuition Tuesday!