There are thousands of scholarships available to students K-12. You as students and parents will need to create the time and effort into scholarship searching and applying for those scholarships. It is hard work and can be time consuming but is very worth it! Below you will find an attached document named scholarships that lists several scholarships and their deadlines, more documents of scholarship help, several website resources, and scholarship application helps. As always if you have any questions, please contact a
Applying for a scholarship begins the day you start 9th grade
- Start building a portfolio
- Find Leadership opportunities and conferences to attend
- Start Serving your school and community. Most scholarships are looking for all types of service hours
- If you plan on playing a sport in college make sure you apply to the NCAA and follow their suggested schedule. ncaa.org
Scholarship Application Materials
Do you have scholarship application materials ready to go?
Some applications require one or more of the following:
1. Letters of recommendation – Choose people who know you best and will write a well-written letter. You want to ensure the recommender matches the qualifications requested on the application. This means that while your neighbor may think very highly of you, it may be more appropriate to ask a school official (Teacher, Counselor, Principal), to write the letter.
Most people who write letters of recommendation find that a written list of your strengths and accomplishments helps the process go more smoothly. You should offer to provide such a list when you ask for the letter to be written. Also, be sure to give the letter writer a couple of weeks advance notice, where possible.
For more helpful info on letters of recommendation, see the website links below:
2. Personal statement and/or Essay – Demonstrates why you are the perfect match for the scholarship. Might include future goals and plans, talents, accomplishments, etc. See the links below for more detailed information, along with a few examples.
- CollegeBoard guidelines for writing an essay, including sample questions and essays
- ScholarshipNet.info – Writing a Personal Statement
- ScholarshipHelp.org – Writing a Personal Essay
3. Résumé– Some scholarship applications may request a resume outlining your strengths and accomplishments. In other cases, they may like to see a resume outlining your work experience. Your counselor can help you with your resume. There is also a great resume tool on UtahFutures. See the links below for help with scholarship resumes.
4. Official Transcript(s) – You can get these in the registrar office or your counselor.
5. Nominations by a school official – Some scholarships can only be applied for if you receive a recommendation by a school official. In this case, be sure to notify your counselor in the counseling office.
6. Interviews – Some scholarship committees may choose to interview their applicants. You will find a link listed below that offers some excellent tips when it comes to scholarship interviews.
More application help:
College Funding and Scholarship Search sites