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Title: Scholarships


1
Scholarships
  • Everything we can think of that
  • you need to know

2
Financial Aid
  • Loans money that is borrowed and must be
    paid back, may be to a student or a parent
  • Grants FREE money available through
    Federal Government, State Agencies and
    individual colleges
  • Scholarships FREE

3
Myths About Financial Aid
  • Our income is too high to qualify.
  • Weve already saved a lot of money so we wont
    get any.
  • Our child will only be attending college part
    time.
  • Our older child wasnt eligible for financial
    aid, so this one wont be either.
  • There is not enough aid for everyone.

4
Where to look for scholarships...
  • Search the web.
  • Explore state programs .
  • Check out the public library.
  • Visit college financial aid websites.
  • Investigate private sources of funding.
  • Check with your high school guidance office.

5
Scholarship Scams
  • Scam-Spotting Rules of Thumb
  • Legit scholarships are never guaranteed.
  • Dont pay money to get money.
  • Too good to be true? It probably is.
  • Spend time, not money.
  • Feel suspicious? Trust your instinct.

6
e-mail Accounts
She-devil_at_hotmail.com
Religionman_at_yahoo.com
Martinigirl_at_yahoo.com
  • Inappropriate
  • Negative impressions

7
e-mail Accounts
  • Appropriate examples
  • Marc_Anthony_at_hotmail.com
  • MAnthony2005_at_yahoo.com
  • When and where you might use
  • College applications
  • Resume
  • Scholarship Applications

8
Sites for free e-mail
  • www.hotmail.com
  • www.yahoo.com
  • www.gmail.com

9

10
Things you might need...
  • Resume of activities
  • Updated transcript
  • Proof of residency
  • Test scores ACT or SAT
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Community involvement documentation

11
Sources for Letters of Recommendation
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers/Guidance Counselors
  • Coaches/Club Sponsors
  • Employers/Community Service Leaders
  • Ministers

12
Reminders
  • Ask someone who knows you well and likes you!
  • Provide them with additional information in
    writing extracurricular activities, awards, work
    experience, career goals
  • Dont forget to thank someone for taking the time
    to write you a letter!

13
Purpose of a Scholarship Essay
  • Its an opportunity to tell the scholarship
    committee who you are and why you deserve their
    money.

14
Tips for writing the essay
  • stick to the subject
  • dont exceed the word limit
  • type it whenever possible
  • have several people proofread your essay before
    you send it

15
Bright Futures Scholarship Program
Bright Futures
16
Bright Futures Eligibility is based on
  • GPA
  • 4 English
  • 3 Mathematics (Alg. 1 and above, LAM does not
    count)
  • 3 Natural Science
  • 3 Social Science
  • 2 Foreign Language
  • Test Scores
  • Community Service (For FAS)
  • Be sure to check Bright Futures GPA on FACTS.org

17
Florida Academic Scholars(FAS)
  • Award Value
  • 100 of tuition and fees
  • 300 per semester for college expenses
  • Initial Requirement
  • 3.5 GPA
  • 15 credits of college prep courses
  • 75 hours of community service
  • 1270 minimum SAT score (reading math)
  • 28 minimum composite ACT score

18
Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
  • Award Value
  • 75 tuition at a 4 year public university
  • New!
  • Attend a Community College receive
  • 100 tuition for the first 2 years
  • Initial Requirements
  • 3.0 weighted G.P.A.
  • 15 credits of college prep courses
  • 970 minimum SAT score (reading math)
  • 20 minimum composite ACT score

19
Florida Gold Seal Vocational (GSV)
  • Award Value
  • 75 of tuition and fees
  • Initial Requirements
  • 3.0 weighted G.P.A.
  • 15.5 core credits
  • 3.5 unweighted GPA in a minimum of 3 vocational
    program credits
  • minimum requirements on SAT, ACT or CPT

20
Applying for Bright Futures?
  • Track eligibility through the High School
    Academic Evaluation on FACTS.org
  • Complete the Florida Financial Aid Application
    (FFAA) on floridastudentfinancialaid.org
  • beginning December 1 of your senior year
  • Dont forget to save the copy of your
    application!

21
Avoid these Common Mistakeson the FFAA
  • Misspelling your legal name OR using a nickname
  • Incorrect social security number
  • Incorrect date of birth
  • Answering the FELONY question wrong

22
Other State Scholarships and Grant Programs
  • Jose Marti
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Robert C. Byrd
  • Rosewood Family
  • Children/Spouses of Deceased/Disabled Veterans
  • First Generation Matching Grant
  • Florida Student Assistance Grant
  • Florida Work Experience Program

23
Scholarship Application Tips
  • Use appropriate e-mail address
  • Read and follow instructions CAREFULLY
  • Use BLACK ink
  • Attach ALL requested documentation
  • Adhere to deadlines

24
Scholarship
Questions
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