APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships are very similar to applying for college due to the fact that they are not all the same and may require different information depending on the organization. Some scholarships require items such as a photo, essay, letter(s) of recommendation, resume, or a counselor page; this varies from scholarship to scholarship. In addition to scholarships from independent organizations, many colleges and universities use the application that is required for admission for their scholarships/financial aid packages. Colleges will likely offer more scholarship opportunities on their financial aid web pages for first-year students. Make sure you research this information by checking the college's website (see admissions and financial aid sections), or by contacting these offices directly for scholarship opportunities and associated deadlines.
It is very important to stress is the importance of deadlines and following procedures when applying for scholarships. Scholarship committees go through numerous applications - a definite way of 'weeding out' applicants is by eliminating late applications. If the stated deadline for a scholarship is March 15, yet a student submits his or her application on March 16, this student will not be considered for the scholarship, regardless of whether he or she is a worthy applicant. In addition to both college or scholarship deadlines, the assigned counselors at Burke High School need a minimum of 5 working days prior to the stated deadline to make certain that an application will be processed on time! It is possible that there are several components or steps to an application process before it is ready to be mailed to colleges/scholarship committees. It is not uncommon for the Counseling Department to process over 50 applications on a given day; this is in addition to classroom lessons and other counselor responsibilities. Please be sure to stay organized with regard to deadlines and keeping counselors and teachers informed of your intent to apply for particular scholarships.