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Fellowships & Scholarships

Many scholarships and fellowships, are offered by the colleges and universities themselves, and may require more than just academic excellence. For example, some may require you have some other honorary title or have received some other scholarships or recognition by an esteemed organization or society such as National Merit Scholarships or the National Council of Teachers of English awards. Others simply require you to get a certain score on the ACT, SAT, or GRE and to graduate near the top of your class. While these are common varieties of academic scholarships, very few students qualify for large awards through their schools. Rather, most students have better luck finding money for college through private providers of academic scholarship awards.

There are so many types of scholarships, it helps to be abreast of the types, time ranges, amounts, and places to find them. Some high schools give away scholarships prior to attending college. Some scholarships are merit based, others need based, others interest based, other cultural based.

The best way to begin seeking scholarships is to do your research. Every college and university, large scale internship and study abroad program, will have a dowry with various scholarships. Usually they will be listed on the school's website; however, you can always inquire as to their prevalence. When you learn about them, you can find out how much, many, and reasons behind them.

Here are some types of scholarships.

Merit Scholarships
Scholarships typically revolve around this type of award. People who excel in academics are awarded a scholarship on the basis of their overall academic achievement. This may come in the form of top GPA, excellent SAT scores, and so on. These are highly competitive and may come in various forms.

Need-Based Scholarships
This type of scholarship is given purely on financial means. They are designed to fund students in their academic pursuits. Scholarship committees look at various reasons for this hardship: Parents' income, number of siblings in school simultaneously, expenses, cost of living, etc.

Athletic Scholarships
Scholarships are popularly given to star athletes by universities to recruit them for the athletic teams. You don't usually pursue this type of scholarship; it is given to you.

School-Based Individual Scholarships
Every school offers specific scholarships relevant to specifics from the university: donors, individual name scholarships, personal scholarships, and so on. Sometimes you have to apply directly to the scholarship, and other times, just by being accepted, you are placed in the bowl for possible scholarship awards. For more information about this you can contact Admissions.

Full/Partial Scholarship
Many people look at scholarships as a whole and think that they sometimes cover everything. If you are lucky enough to receive a full scholarship, then yes, they cover living, books, and tuition. However, many scholarships are partial, meaning they may cover simply living, simply books, or part of the tuition.

While several scholarships are school based, others are based on almost every other personal element that can exists. Several websites and books are designed purely for the existence of finding scholarships. Here are some books that serve as search agents and listings of all the scholarships that exist. You can find these in the Career Center Resource Room.

How To Go To College Almost For Free by Ben Kaplan
The Scholarship Scouting Report: An Insider's Guide to America's Best Scholarships by Ben Kaplan
The College Board Scholarship Handbook 2012 by Joseph A. Russo
Winning Grants: Step by Step by Mim Carlson
Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes, 2011 by Peterson's