Scholarships were abundantly pouring down upon us when we were seniors in high school, and then seemed to disappear once we got in college. Are there scholarships available for college students, or are scholarships something you only apply for while in high school?
Although not as well known or broadcasted as high school scholarships, thousands of college scholarships go unclaimed each year because no one takes the time to apply for them, thinking that the competition is too high or that there just aren’t any out there!
The trick to applying for scholarships starts from knowing your strengths and finding ones that cater to those strengths. Half of the process of applying for scholarships is searching for them. Be patient! There are many websites online designed specifically to help you personally find scholarships, even matching them to what you are involved in, what your major is in school, and whether you should apply for a merit scholarship depending on your GPA.
There are scholarships out there for everyone; it just takes some time to find them! There are several on-campus resources that aid in finding scholarships, starting at the Chico State Financial Aid and Scholarship Office. Chico State offers several scholarships that one can apply for online, and the application opens online October 17 and is due by December 15. The Financial Aid and Scholarship Office website also has a link under the tab of Scholarships>CSU, Chico Scholarships to a list of external scholarships, which are scholarships offered outside of Chico State, as well as information of what to do when you receive an external scholarship.
Many students don't qualify for other types of financial aid so they don't fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A little known fact is that students who don't fill out a FAFSA application, will not be considered for need based scholarships. This is huge if you are self-supporting or if your family isn't able to provide much help. Fill out that FAFSA whether you believe you qualify or not, it will open up opportunities for many more scholarships.
Scholarships can go with financial aid, and the more you apply for the greater chance you will have in receiving an award. Don’t miss out on extra money to help you get through college; use your time wisely and apply for scholarships this semester!