FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
March 2023 Scholarship Newsletter
Johannesburg-Lewiston High School
731-4420 ext. 2107
Important FAFSA Information
You can access FAFSA for the next school year on October 1st.
Be sure you use the www.fafsa.gov website – there are others out there that try to trick you into paying
to apply for financial aid. FAFSA stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,
so applying should not cost you anything
The FAFSA can be completed online at https://fafsa.gov/.
(Please note the correct website. Other companies have set up similar sites in an effort to solicit payment, but completing the FAFSA is free.)
You can find more information about the different types of federal aid and the FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
For more information about the programs that Michigan has available, please visit http://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid.
Each month, the scholarships that come through the guidance office are compiled into a newsletter, which is then available in the office, on our website, and e-mailed to seniors and their parents who have provided e-mail addresses. If you would like to be added to the e-mail list so that you can receive this scholarship newsletter or if you offer a scholarship and would like it included on the newsletter, please send an e-mail to Danica Nowak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please encourage your student get organized and apply for as many scholarships as they qualify.
Here are some helpful hints for your student when applying for scholarships…
1) Get applications together early.
2) Read and follow the instructions carefully.
3) Personalize the application and essay to fit the scholarship for which you are applying. Be passionate and work to make your essay stand apart from the other applicants.
4) Type applications when possible. If handwritten, be sure to write neatly in ink.
5) Proofread for grammar and spelling.
6) Be sure to include any attachments requested such as transcripts, letters of recommendations, copy of college acceptance letter, etc.
7) Make a copy of your application before mailing.
8) Give your application plenty of time to arrive to its destination by the deadline.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
There are also several scholarship searches available to students who wish to spend more time looking for scholarships. When using scholarship searches online, one should be aware of potential scams and fraud. To learn how to identify potential problems and avoid paying out unnecessary money, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/scams.
Some of the scholarship searches that one may wish to consider are:
(click on “Types of Aid” then click “scholarships or grants at the bottom of the page)
In addition to online scholarship searches, students may want to check the resources below:
the financial aid office at a college or career school
a high school or TRIO counselor (Ms. Oliver)
foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
your employer or your parents’ employers
your parents’ auto insurance provider, electric provider, natural gas provider
COMPLETING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Once you find some scholarships you would like to apply for, get yourself organized. Find a pocket folder where you can keep all of your scholarship together. Organize the applications by deadline dates and plan to mail each application out about two weeks before the actual deadline. Use sticky notes to write down deadlines and required attachments (e.g. transcript, letters of recommendations, résumé, etc.) for each scholarship.
Know who your targeted audience is before you begin the application. Think about the types of things that they would be looking for in the application.
Read up on tips from experts, such as “How to Win a Merit Scholarship”, to increase your chances of winning a scholarship.
If you have to write an essay, check out the tips available at http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/essays.phtml.
Make a list of your accomplishments, both academic and extracurricular and save it on your computer. This list should include your activities, awards, contributions and/or experiences. This will be helpful to refer to as you complete your scholarship applications to ensure that you do not unintentionally omit something important. You may even be able to use this list, or a similar copy, in your application if given the opportunity to “attach additional information, if necessary”.
Ask people who know you well to write you a letter of recommendation. Provide these
people with your list of accomplishments so they can highlight things that make you stand out in the letter. Be aware that many scholarships require up to three letters of recommendations, so having more than three gives you the ability to select which letters to use for different scholarship applications. Be sure to give the recommended enough time to write a “good” letter.
Type as much of the application as possible. If you must handwrite something, be sure it is very neat. Use ink, but only blue or black. If you make a mistake, either fix it neatly or start over. Organize the completed application components in the order they were requested.
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