Guest blogger, Felicia Gopaul, is the President of College Funding Resource (CFR), teaches families how the financial aid system works. She shared the following article about getting a jump start on the the scholarship search.
Smart students don’t wait to start looking for scholarships until the fall of their senior year in high school (or later). They get started much earlier than that. In fact, many successful scholarship recipients start looking for scholarships as early as the spring semester of their sophomore year in high school.
Why start your scholarship search so early?
Starting your scholarship search early is smart. It allows you time to get organized and leisurely put together a list of scholarships you want to apply for in your senior year. It also allows you to complete any summer programs that you might have to attend in order to qualify for a scholarship.
For example, the New Jersey chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants has a summer Accounting Awareness Program (ACAP) that a student must complete in order to be eligible for a scholarship later. By starting your scholarship search early, you have a few more summers to find and fulfill the requirements for programs like ACAP. Starting early means you won’t find yourself ineligible for a scholarship because you did not know or have time to complete the requirements for qualification. Read more tips — click here!