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
No Work Involved
No Contact Information
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