Scholarships

  • Applying For Scholarships  (scholarship lists are at bottom of page)

     
    When it comes to paying for college, put applying for scholarships towards the top of your priority list! Scholarships do not have to be repaid and there are thousands of them.
     

    1. Who offers scholarships:

    • High schools- SHS has a local scholarship program that you can apply for through the Washboard.org at the end of December. Look for more information to come in the bulletin and on the College & Career Center webpage.
    • College/university/technical school you will be attending- look at the financial aid page or scholarship page on the school website that you will be attending. Make sure you do not miss the deadline for their scholarship application. It is often before the application deadline.
    • Employers- your parent or guardian employers might have a scholarship that you can apply for. Make sure to ask them. Your employer might have a scholarship that you can apply for....make sure to ask. 
    • Individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities - Students are encouraged to apply for local, state and national scholarships. Some of these scholarships are posted in bulletins/newsletters, some are posted on the high school College & Career Center webpage and some you can find by searching the internet.
    • Religious groups, and professional and social organizations - Check your church and organizations that your family may be a part of to see if they offer a scholarship.
     
    2. Why are scholarships awarded:
    • Scholarships can be awarded based on merit (good grades or GPA), cultural or religious background, community service, leadership experience, sports, special talents and personal interests regardless of financial need.
    • Financial Need Based Grants & Scholarships - Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant) makes education and training beyond high school affordable to eligible students.There is no separate application for the Washington College Grant. Students should complete a federal or state financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA), which colleges will use to determine eligibility and make awards. College Bound Scholarship program is state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school or 9th grade. There is no separate application. Students should complete a federal or state financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA). 
    3. What are some scholarship search engines and websites:
     
    Students can be searching and applying for scholarships while they are applying to colleges. Contact your counselor or the College & Career Center if you have questions...we are here to help!
     
    Check out the scholarships on the tabs below! (Check back often, These are updated all year long)