We live in a day and age in which anybody can go to college with a little effort by applying for one or more of the thousands of different scholarships available to them. Not all scholarships are granted for good grades, and it is possible to get a full ride to college without having to pay for it.
While there are many different scholarships, they can all be grouped into five basic types, depending on their specific characteristics. In this manner, scholarships can be based on merit or need, and can be specific to the student, career or college. Merit based scholarships are those offered to students with the highest academic, artistic, or athletic ability, and are usually granted to those who have excelled in these areas throughout high school. Scholarships based on a student’s need are awarded according to a student’s income and financial record, which are used to determine the degree of need. Other scholarships can be awarded for other reasons, including those for students in the health care field who are looking to practice in needy areas of the country.
To apply and get a scholarship you must first determine if you meet all the qualification requirements. In order to do this, it is best if you get information directly from the financial aid office of your college or the specific committee offering this benefit. Ask about any paperwork that needs to be filed and make sure you ask any questions you may have. Don’t forget to fill out the application correctly and truthfully, in a presentable manner. The impression created by your application will sometimes give you a few extra points towards acceptance.
It is also a good idea to verify if there is a bond attached to the scholarship, which means that you may have to work in a certain field or a certain company for some time after you graduate. These types of bonds are usually part of nursing or education scholarships, where a student must work in certain areas upon graduation. The same stands true for those scholarships granted by the armed forces.
Regardless of which scholarship fits your needs the best, always make sure you fill all the requirements and add all the necessary attachments, or you may find you were rejected for lack of documentation.