The Scholarship Process
2019-2020 Live Scholarship Guide Click Here
Every scholarship that the MHS Counseling Department receives notification for is linked in this Google Sheet. Scholarships are listed alphabetically. Criteria, values, and types of scholarships are also indicated. If a link appears to be broken, please copy and paste the scholarship name in a search engine and you should be directed to the site.
Scholarship money is available, but it is important to note that applying and seeking out scholarships can be an involved process. It takes someone who is a go-getter, someone who is persistent, resourceful and not afraid to ask questions!
The first place to look for scholarships is from the school you are planning to attend. Colleges and universities offer scholarships to incoming freshmen, but they are usually very competitive and are often based on academic performance. However, individual schools within the college may also offer scholarships based on need, or that are specific to your choice of major. The best way to start is by visiting the college’s website and then finding your way to the financial aid or scholarship section. All you need to know about available scholarships at that particular school will most likely be listed there.
Private scholarship sources make up a small slice of the total financial aid pie. Nonetheless, there are a number of scholarship opportunities—the trick is finding which ones are applicable to your individual situation.
Scholarship information will be communicated via class remind101 and can be found in the guide above. This is by no means an exhaustive list; websites are listed below to assist with other scholarship searches. Be forewarned—the application process for scholarships is often as detailed as applying for college and sometimes the rewards are not large. The most important thing to remember is to never pay for a scholarship or for scholarship information.
Scholarship & Financial Aid Search Engines
According to Reviews.com: The 4 Best Scholarship Search Platforms
Fastweb - Best for Most Students: https://www.fastweb.com/
Cappex - Best Database: https://www.cappex.com/
Unigo - Best Search: https://www.unigo.com/
Big Future - Best Resources: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
Raise Me: https://www.raise.me/
Other Search Engines to Explore:
Peterson's Scholarship SearchEngine: https://www.petersons.com/college-search/scholarship-search.aspx
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): https://fafsa.ed.gov/
College Foundation of NC (CFNC.org): https://www.cfnc.org/index.jsp
College Board: https://www.collegeboard.org/
United Negro College Fund (UNCF): http://www.uncf.org/
Thurgood Marshall College Fund for Historically Black Colleges & Universities: http://tmcf.org/
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: https://hsf.net/en/
Latino College Dollars: http://www.latinocollegedollars.org/
I Am First! First Generation College Students: http://www.imfirst.org/
Federal Student Aid: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
College Affordability Guide: http://www.collegeaffordabilityguide.org/
LendEdu College Financial Aid, Scholarships & Loans 101 Course: https://lendedu.com/blog/financial-aid-scholarships-student-loans-101-course/