Ohio Center for Broadcasting Blog: How To Find Scholarships
Editor's Note: Our #1 priority with the Ohio Illinois Center for Broadcasting blog is to inform current and potential students of our program about things like:
One really important facet of all that is financial aid, and I have to say - it kind of gets left out of the discussion here. (my bad)
Anywho - Karl Wietlisbach at our Cincinnati, OH campus has tons of info for ya. And moving forward, he's going to be sharing some of that.
Sooo, here we go. This first piece is on scholarships: what they are, how to find them, and how you can hopefully grab one.
Got some questions? Feel free to get ahold of Karl by either email, twitter, or go ahead and go old school and pick up the ol' telephone.
What Are Scholarships?
Undergraduate scholarships are forms of aid that help students pay for their education. Unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid. Hundreds of thousands of scholarships from several thousand sponsors are awarded each year.
Generally, scholarships are reserved for students with special qualifications, such as academic, athletic or artistic talent. Awards are also available for students who are interested in particular fields of study, who are members of underrepresented groups, who live in certain areas of the country or who demonstrate financial need.
How To Find Them
The best way to search for scholarships is to use a personalized search, like the FastWeb scholarship search, that compares your background with a database of awards. Only those awards that fit your profile are identified as matches.
There are several free scholarship databases available online. With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, the FastWeb scholarship search is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated scholarship database. If you supply an email address, they will notify you when new awards that match your profile are added to the database. You can even submit an electronic application to some of the scholarships listed in the FastWeb scholarship database, saving you time and money. FastWeb also includes a college search and numerous other student resources.
In addition to the FastWeb scholarship search, you may want to search one of the other free scholarship search sites. It doesn't take much time to search and it's free. To find small local awards that aren't listed in any book or database, look for notices posted on bulletin boards at your school's guidance office, the public library and outside the financial aid office at nearby colleges and universities. Also ask any organizations you or your parents may belong to about available scholarships.
You can also search for scholarships using your favorite web search engine by including the word "scholarships" with your search keywords.
Do Not Waste Your Money
Don't waste your money on fee-based scholarship matching services. You won't get any better information than you can get from the free services available on the Web.
Scholarships that sound too good to be true usually are. Learn how to recognize and protect yourself from the most common scholarship scams. The number one tip: If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam.
OCB accepts all outside scholarships so happy hunting!
Bits and pieces of article taken from http://www.finaid.org