Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Scholarship searching simplified

By: Tabitha Hudnall
   Senior year is a time to have fun and make new memories that will last a lifetime, but it is also a time of stress.  Only three months into the new school year and there are already deadlines for scholarships creeping up on us. So how can seniors make these deadlines and still stay anxiety-free?
  The most important thing seniors can do is stay informed and NOT procrastinate.  Many seniors have a bad case of senioritis.  This makes it hard to stay motivated and get necessary things done.
   “The best thing seniors can do is check out the Senior Newsletter that we pass out. It has great information and websites that students can check out for scholarship help,” stated counselor Lindsay Minardi.
   Some good websites to look up scholarships are cfwv.com, mycollegeoptions.org, and eCampusTours.com.
   The College Foundation of West Virginia website (cfwv.com) is easy to use and has a lot of different tools that can help you with financial aid, high school planning, college planning, and even career planning.  You can make your own portfolio and save all of the information you have gathered so you don’t have to go looking more than once.
    The My College Options (www.mycollegeoptions.org) website allows you to look up scholarships based on your location, financial status, ethnicity, and your religion.  It has tons of scholarships available that you can apply for on the website, and you can upload essays that some applications require.  It’s easy to use and saves you time.
   If you want to tour a college campus but can’t actually make it there in person, eCampusTours.com is a great website to use.  You can take virtual tours of colleges, take a look at campus life, and get help with college planning.  There is also a feature for parents that can educate them on paying for college, as well as ways to help their child throughout their college experience.
   Some upcoming scholarship deadlines are the Elks Lodge Scholarship on December 7, the Lions Youth Exchange Program Scholarship Contest deadline November 15, and the deadline for free tuition for two semesters at a WV community and technical college at www.earnmorewv.com is November 31. 
   There are many more scholarship deadlines coming up at the beginning of 2013, so be sure to check the Senior Newsletter for this information.

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