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    Scholarships are another form of gift aid. Scholarships are usually given for achievements in academics, arts, or athletics. Some might be based on financial need.  There are so many scholarships available, which means its likely you qualify for some. Searching online is a great place to start, and these websites can help:

    The presentation below is a primer on what scholarships are, where to find them, which ones you should be looking for, and other useful information. 


    APIASF.org. The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation's largest non-profit organization that provides scholarships to exceptional Asian and Pacific Islander Americans with financial need.
    Cappex.com - A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.
    CareerOneStop.org - Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.Look through the whole list of scholarships below, arranged in order of closest deadline, Narrow your list with "Search by keyword", & filters to see only awards for certain award types, locations, level of study, and more.

    Collegeboard.org. This online tool created by College Board can help you locate scholarships, internships, and grants, which match your education level, talents, and background.
    FAFSA (Financial Aid) Scholarships - Find & apply for as many scholarships as you & it's free money for college or career school! Start researching early, and meet deadlines, and you may be on your way to success.
    Fastweb.com. Another Place to look for millions of scholarships, Fastweb provides personalized matching of scholarships depending on your interests, talents, and career goals.
    SallieMae - When it comes to paying for college first look for money you won’t have to pay back (scholarships and grants). Then explore federal student loans. Finally, consider a responsible private student loan to cover the rest.
    Studentscholarships.org. - Registered Users will be able to search for Scholarships, Bursaries, Grants, Careers & Salaries,Videos and Course Outlines. To access our Free Scholarship Database, simply create your own profile
    UNIGO - To make your search easy from the start, Unigo divides its list of scholarships into comprehensive categories. This can help you pick a starting point and eliminate pointless browsing through categories you know are not a fit. Here are just some of the many categories from which to choose
    Going Merry - Build a profile, get matched to scholarships, and apply. Going Merry's goal is to match scholarships to you and make it easy to apply for those scholarships.
    Scholarship America - Scholarship America works directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to help students fulfill their college dreams.
    Niche.com - Discover the schools, companies, and neighborhoods that are right for you.
    ROTC Scholarships
    Air Force ROTC Scholarships - https://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/
               **Students & Parents please log into Naviance, Local Scholarships are updated daily online.**

    Tips in Applying for Scholarships
    One of our Troy Seniors earned over $13,000 worth of scholarships. Our Troy Senior was happy to write out tips for our fellow Troy Seniors in becoming successful in applying for scholarships. Certainly, earning that much money in scholarships helps your family's financial burdens on university/college costs.
    1. Apply for all the Scholarships that you are Eligible for. Apply for even scholarships that are
       $100. They add up!
    2. Stay Organized. I kept a list of each scholarship that I applied for with the amount and if I got     
         the scholarship. I also kept a folder where I kept a few copies of my resume, letters of    
         recommendation, transcript and personal statement.
    3. Write a Good Personal Statement. I was able to use my personal statement for 20/27
        scholarships that I applied for. I wrote my personal statement on an obstacle that I was
        able to overcome.
    4. Make this your job. I spent hours filling out forms and making copies of letters of rec, my
        personal statement, resume, and transcripts. Applying for scholarships is a good use of your
        time. If you are applying for a scholarship that is $2000 and you spend an hour working on it,
        then you just made yourself $2000 an hour!
    5. Believe in yourself. You do not have to have the highest GPA or be in tech and full IB.
        You have to be a well-rounded person who has goals and works hard to achieve them.
    6. Think Ahead. Earning scholarships can lessen or take away your student loans. Save a copy
        of all the scholarships that you applied for your younger siblings. Ask if you can reapply.
    7. Never Give Up. It took me a few months to actually get a scholarship, but once I got them
        I got many. In one week I got 5 scholarships!
    8. Show your Thanks. After I was awarded a scholarship (I would usually get a letter in the mail,
        sometimes a phone call) I would send out a hand made thank you card and call them.
    9. Ask Questions. If you are unsure about a question on the scholarship application talk to your
         counselors. They are all really nice and more than willing to help.
    10. Apply for Local Scholarships. 24/27 scholarships that I applied for were local scholarships. I
         used the scholarships that were listed on Naviance. 
    11. Keep Track. Each scholarship fund has its own way of giving you the money. Some will mail
          you a check, some will want to wait to see a list of your fall class schedule, some will give
          you the check at an awards ceremony, and some will need a copy of the paper indicating
          your tuition. Create a spread sheet so you know which scholarship money you get. If you
          have not received your money for a while, politely contact the organizations (send an email
          or call asking what is the next step and if they need anything from you.) Best of Luck! I
          earned 13/27 scholarships I applied for.