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Feb 23, 2016 | Harrison College

How and Where to Find Scholarships

One of the biggest hesitations for pursuing a college degree may be the cost of enrolling in courses. While higher education can be expensive, many financial aid options make earning a degree within reach. One of the best, and often under-utilized, options is applying for scholarships. Scholarships are monetary gifts, so students don’t have to pay them back after graduation. Still, many students don’t know where to get started. 

Finding and applying for scholarships takes a little legwork, but when students put in the effort, they can make earning a degree a financial reality. See how you can find and apply for many scholarships.

What are the types of scholarships?

Scholarships exist to assist all demographics of people. Many colleges, universities, federal agencies and private community groups provide scholarships. While some are often specific to academic or demographic areas and others have certain criteria that applicants must follow, a broad range of scholarships are available. A few examples include:

  • Scholarships for areas of study (such as scholarships for culinary or pastry students and business scholarships for students studying accounting)
  • Community service scholarships for students who take an active role in their cities or towns 
  • Scholarships for women
  • Scholarships for minorities 
  • Scholarships for financial need

Where can you find scholarships?

Thousands of scholarships are available for students to apply for each year, so how do you find the right options for you?

A great place to start is with the school you are interested in attending. For example, Harrison College offers more than a dozen scholarships available to students based on criteria such as need, academic performance, place of residency and selected major. Harrison also offers additional scholarships through the Harrison College Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization formed specifically to assist Harrison and The Chef's Academy students in realizing their academic and career success. Higher education institutions exist to help students earn the skills they need to advance their careers and improve their lives, so Harrison offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid to make going back to school easy. 

Many students stop after looking at the financial aid their school has to offer, but looking beyond your school will help you find a plethora of scholarships you may be qualified for. The College Board provides a Scholarship Search tool that features more than 2,200 financial aid programs that could be applicable to you.

To use the tool, simply complete the personal information form. You will need to provide:

  • Your gender
  • Citizenship status
  • Minority, ethnic and religious background and affiliations
  • Education level you are pursuing
  • Education level you have completed
  • Potential areas of study
  • Employment area
  • Community involvement
  • And a few other items

Then the Scholarship Search generates all of the scholarships you are eligible to apply for based on specified criteria. 

Other scholarship search tools include:

How do you apply for scholarships?

As mentioned earlier in the post, finding and applying for scholarships can take a lot of legwork. Some scholarships may only need you to send brief personal information, while others require high school transcripts, financial records and essays. 

Regardless of the requirements, the most important aspect of applying is thoroughly reading all of the instructions. Be sure you know:

  • The application deadline
  • All items and information that needs to be included in the application – this could include transcripts, reference letters, personal statements and a variety of other information
  • Where and how to submit – does it need to be mailed in or can you submit electronically?

For more information on how you can find and apply for scholarships and other financial aid programs, contact a Harrison financial aid analyst today at 888.544.4422 or go to Harrison’s Scholarship page.

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