Many students do not
use the available resources at their high school. Your principal,
guidance counselors, teachers, faculty, coaches, etc. are all
part of a “networking center” to help students.
You should ask any and everyone about possible scholarship opportunities
to assist you with paying for school (i.e. college). Some high
schools may offer scholarships for their own students continuing
their education. Being persistent will pay-off.
are excellent resources to ask about scholarship information.
Typically, they are in contact with local businesses,
private foundations, and community organizations that
may offer scholarships to students. Guidance counselors
assist students on a daily basis, and their job is to
provide you and your parents with some form of guidance
to assist you with your educational and career goals.
Guidance counselors are typically helping several families
and so they may not have time to contact you on a weekly
basis. To avoid missing out on some golden scholarship
opportunities, you should visit your guidance counselor(s)
at least once a week to inquire about any scholarships.
and faculty members are often overlooked by students seeking
scholarships. These administrators may be aware of some
scholarships offered by their professional organizations,
local businesses, or clubs.
library should have some books and magazines on the subject
of financial aid. Visit and review the different publications
at your library. The majority of the books are located
in the reference section of the library. Your school’s
librarian may be aware of some local scholarships for
students. Do not hesitate to ask.
Ask your fellow
students that are continuing their education about any
scholarship(s) opportunities they may know about that
may be available to you. Some students may not want to
tell you about their scholarship opportunities, since
you may be in competition against them.
If you are
a member of a club/organization at your school, ask the
organization’s advisor or president about possible
scholarships for members. If your club/organization is
one of many chapters, contact the national and regional
offices and inquire about scholarship opportunities for
members. It is best to ask the secretary or receptionist,
since most announcements are filtered through their desk,
or they can forward your call to the appropriate person(s)
and community scholarships may be announced in your school’s
newspaper or newsletters.
about scholarships may be posted on the bulletin boards
in your school’s main office, counselor’s
office, near the lunchroom, or other high traffic areas
where students filter through during regular school hours.
Whenever you are walking through the halls of your school,
take a glance at the bulletin boards for scholarship information.