Did you know that in 2015 over $35 million in scholarship money was awarded to high school students by private organizations? That's a lot of free money for college! We've put together eight tips to help you get some of that money for your education.
- Start searching for scholarships ASAP. Don’t wait until spring of your senior year in high school to start searching, or you’ll miss half the deadlines.
- Take your ACT and/or SAT test. Since many scholarships are merit-based, that means your score will impact the amount of scholarships you are eligible to receive. So study hard and do well!
- Enter as much information as you can when filling out applications online! You will have more chances of getting matched for scholarships.
- Use a free scholarship engine. There are so many available.
- Look for local scholarships on bulletin boards in your hometown. These can be in local businesses, schools and libraries.
- Apply to any and every scholarship for which you are eligible. The more you apply for, the more chances you have of winning. Even though a scholarship may only be for a few hundred dollars, the amount will add up.
- Keep track of deadlines so you don’t miss them! Try using tools like calendars and scheduling apps.
- Be passionate in your essays and scholarship assignments. Showcase who you are as a student.
Fun Fact: If you choose to attend OCU, we will match any money that an incoming student is bringing with them from outside scholarships up to $3,000 per year!
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