Scholarship Tips and Searches
How to Begin:
- Review online search engines.
- Search your community, church, and civic organizations
- Talk to your faculty or academic advisor
- Check with your parent’s employers
Scholarship Scam Warning Signs
- Credit Card/Bank Account Information requested
- Scholarship Guarantee
- No Work Involved
- No Contact Information
- Pressure Tactics
REMEMBER!! An official sounding name doesn’t assure legitimacy!
What do judges look for?
- Do you meet the qualifications?
- If your application presented well?
- Did you include all required documents?
- Did you answer all of the questions?
- Is your essay (if required) concise with few grammatical errors?
- Apply Early
- Know the Deadlines
- Allow time for recommendation letters
- If you win a scholarship inform the Financial Aid Office-it may adjust your financial
- Send a thank you letter if awarded a scholarship
Scholarships and Taxes
A scholarship is considered tax-free if used only for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
A scholarship is considered taxable if it is used to cover room, board, travel, clerical
help, research, or non course-related equipment. Questions? Contact the IRS at www.irs.gov or 1-800-829-1040.
Internet Sites to Begin your Search