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 Scholarship Pitfalls

Scholarships are not only for college!  Many scholarships are offered for post secondary education (such as: college, technical school, culinary, etc).  Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to see if applicable to your situation!

FAILURE TO CHECK FOR SCHOLARSHIPS:  Remember to check the Guidance Office or the webpage http://www.torrington.org/page.cfm?p=283 for scholarships that become available. Scholarships are added on a frequent basis so please be sure to check it at least once a week!

FAILURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS: Many submitted applications are disqualified because all requested and necessary documentation have not been submitted with the application.   READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY!

BEWARE OF DEADLINES: Failure to adhere to stated deadlines can cause you to lose out on scholarship opportunities. Plan of action – Complete and submit your applications well before the deadline.

ENVELOPE & STAMP(S): When an original transcript is required to be sent with a scholarship application, please remember to provide a stamped envelope addressed to the scholarship organization together with a signed Transcript Release form (make sure proper postage is on envelope)! Again….. be aware of deadlines! Transcript releases, SAT/ACT scores, teacher recommendations, etc., take time to assemble so please submit applications 1 week prior to the deadline date!

FAILURE TO SUBMIT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: Many students will request local scholarship application forms they are eligible for but DO NOT return or submit the completed applications. You won’t be considered for a scholarship if an application is not submitted.   (Ex: Only 28% of a local scholarship  applications were returned the day prior to the deadline and only 33% of the THS Scholarship packets were returned by the due date in 2015)

NOTE: Scholarships are not only for seniorsStart looking for scholarships in 9th grade. Use www.fastweb.com and scholarshipguidance.com.  The only person who is guaranteed not to get a scholarship is the one who doesn’t apply.


IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP/TRANSCIPT AND RECOMMENDATION INFORMATION


If transcripts (official or unofficial) are required with any scholarship application, the completed scholarship packet (including the correct amount of postage, addressed envelope to the scholarship organization) and the transcript request form are due to the Guidance Office A MINIMUM OF THREE SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  

If the scholarship needs counselor and/or teacher recommendations included, the packet should be SUBMITTED TO GUIDANCE AT LEAST 7 SCHOOL DAYS PRIOR TO THE SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE!  An addressed envelope, with the correct amount of postage should also be given to Guidance for mailing on behalf of the student.  

This will allow the transcripts/recommendation forms to be processed and mailed in a timely fashion. 

Official transcripts cannot be given to students, parents, etc. but must go directly to the scholarship organization, committee, etc.  If the scholarship needs to be placed in the mail, students are required to bring their completed scholarship application to Guidance 3 to 7 days before the scholarship deadline along with an envelope addressed to the scholarship organization, the correct amount of postage on the envelope and the signed transcript request form.  We will enclose the transcript/recommendation as needed and place in the mail.


Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest

Monthly Scholarship

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Entries are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here:

http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship.


Sterling Law Offices, S.C. Student Scholarship

Deadlines (2): Bi-annual: June 30 and December 31 every year

 

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility Requirements: Must be a High School senior who plans on attending post-secondary education full time and has a minimum GPA of 3.0. All majors are encouraged to apply.

Application- http://www.sterlinglawyers.com/scholarship/


Easter Seals of Greater Waterbury Scholarship

Please click here for information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship appllication.


PONTE WOMEN'S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline:  September 30, 2016


Applicant must be a 2016 graduating high school senior.

Applicant must be a daughter, granddaughter, son or grandson of a member of the Ponte Women's Club

Applicant must return this completed application by September 30, 2016

Applicant must provide an official copy of your most current hight school transcript.


Please click here further information regarding this scholarship and to download the scholarship.


WENDY'S SCHOLARSHIP

Students have the chance to win school, state, and national awards that could include a scholarship worth $1,000 up to $10,000. Ultimately, Wendy’s invites 10 National Finalists to New York City for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Heisman Memorial Trophy® weekend and be a part of the nationally televised Wendy’s High School Heisman award ceremony.

Applying is easy.
  The two-part online application makes it quick and easy for students to apply. Wendy's is also giving away $10 Wendy's gift cards to the first 1,000 applicants. So don't wait to apply!

What Can You Do?
Get the process started by going to their webpage https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/ to apply.


 

Scholarship Guidance

Please visit the following website for a High School and University Resource for students.

www.scholarshipguidance.com


CHET Advance Scholarship

The CHET Advance Scholarship is an annual program offered by the State Treasurer’s Office to help Connecticut students pay for college. This fall, high school freshmen and seniors will be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

To encourage college savings, the CHET Advance Scholarship will award up to 100 seniors with a $2,500 contribution toward their college expenses. Up to 100 freshmen will receive a $2,000 contribution. This scholarship will encourage positive saving behavior by offering each 9th grade winner a financial incentive to open a CHET account of their own in order to save for college. Each 9th grade winner will have the opportunity to receive an additional matching grant of $500 if the student’s family saves $500 or more in a CHET account by the time the student goes to college.

To be eligible, seniors must have a grade point average of at least 2.0. No grade point average is required for freshmen. Scholarship recipients will be chosen through a random drawing. More details and promotional material will be provided to your school in August.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Bjornberg, Director of Financial Education at the State Treasury. She may be reached by email: Emily.Bjornberg@ct.gov or phone: 860.702.3292.


Scholarship Experts

Please visit the following website for a free scholarship matching service with a database of over 2.4 milllion scholarships.  These scholarships are updated on a daily basis.

http://www.scholarshipexperts.com


Student Scholarships Now

Please visit the following website for scholarships that Connecticut students are eligible for.

www.StudentScholarships.org 

This webpage has scholarships that change on a monthly basis.  Please check this web site frequently for new scholarships as they appear.

Accredited Schools Online Financial Resources

Accredited Schools Online just updated their guide to financial aid for minority students.   Their guidebook can be found here: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/college-scholarships-for-minority-students/
 

This expert-driven guide includes an extensive list of scholarships and financial aid resources available specifically for minority students. The guide also includes tips for finding and securing scholarships and other financial aid.


Artists & Writers Awards

Deadlines vary by region

 All students in Grades 7 - 12 can participate and $10 million is available to artists and writers.  Please visit the website www.artandwriting.org for further information. 


This web site is a leading online resource in finding scholarships to help pay for school.

Click here for further information and to access this website.


DISCUS AWARDS PROGRAM

These scholarships and applications change on a daily basis.  Check back frequently to get the lastest scholarships available.

The Discus Awards scholarship program remains committed to helping students in grades 9 through 12 find money for college, so our popular "Best List of College Scholarships" remains accessible and updated.

Please click here to access this scholarship resource. 


Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science

 

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science is offering various scholarships.  Please click here to visit their website for further information and applications.

http://acphs.edu/admissions/freshmen/scholarships-grants-and-loans


Fast Web

At Fastweb, We Have It All

 Scholarships, Internships, Colleges and More

www.fastweb.com.

Also check out their website for some really interesting scholarships:

http://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/the-weirdest-scholarships?utm_source=nlet&utm_content=fw_a2_20151028


SCHOLLY

Scholly has scholarships for high school students and current college students. Scholly's adaptive matching engine will find the scholarships you qualify for in seconds, without sign-ups or long forms that ask for your personal information.

Please click here to access their website:   https://www.myscholly.com/

MONEYGEEK.COM

A team at MoneyGeek.com have put together several guides to help minority students find grants and scholarships. Here are some links to their guides which might be of interest to minority students.

- Scholarship Guide for Black Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-black-students/

 

- Scholarship Guide for Hispanic Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-hispanic-students/

 

- Scholarship Guide for Asian-American Students:

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-asian-students/

 

Each guide offers a lists of scholarships specific to those students as well as a "unique circumstances" section for undocumented or first-generation students. The site also has a more extensive scholarship search tool, which you can find at: http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/


 Seniors!

Scholarship information is also posted in Naviance as it is received!  Check on a regular basis!


Financial Aid Power Point Link 

Click here for the Guidance Information Page




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