How do I pay for my education after high school?
This is a great question! There are many options. One of the options that does not require you to pay money back is through scholarships. Below you will find links to scholarship opportunities (both local and national) and search engines. In addition, please check out the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pamphlet on Grants & Scholarships as it is an amazing resource for navigating what it all means.
LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Department of MN Auxiliary Scholarship: (DUE: March 5)
Are you the daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, brother or sister of someone who has served or is serving in the military or a Legion/Auxiliary member? The Dept of MN Scholarship (in the amount of $1,000) is due to the Unity Secretary (Karen Rasmussen) or Unit President (Paulette Jameson) by March 5. Cover sheet for application can be found here.
Children of Warriors National President's Scholarship (DUE: March 1)
15 scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded in each division of the American Legion Auxiliary. Candidates must be daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters or great-grandsons of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the eligibility dates (April 6, 1917-November 11, 1918 and after December 7, 1941). Candidates must also have 50 hours of volunteer service within the community during high school. Scholarships are judged based on the following: 25% Character/Leadership; 25% Essay/Application; 25% Financial Need; 25% Academic Achievement.
ATTENTION SOPHOMORES: Have you ever considered joining the American Legion Auxiliary? There is an American Auxiliary Juniors division - for daughters, granddaughters, and or sisters of anyone who has served or is serving in the military. Membership for those under the age of 18 is $8 year for Unit 43 in Faribault. Those students who are members for two or three consecutive years are eligible for even more scholarship opportunities!
STATE / NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Better Business Bureau of MN & ND: Student of Integrity Scholarship. (DUE: February 16, at 4 pm)
BBB awards scholarships to high school seniors who personify all the best aspects of high character in their personal choices and actions. BBB works to promote integrity and ethics in the marketplace and offers an annual scholarship program that recognizes how ethics and integrity are "founded in principles we learn young - at home, at school, and in dealings with our peers." An essay is required.
Schulze Family Foundation College Scholarship (Opens January 5, DUE March 1)
Open to all BA students who attended a Catholic elementary, have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and is showing unmet financial need through the FAFSA (but can not be receiving need-based federal grant assistance - which means you are not going to be given enough money to cover the cost of the school of your choice through the FAFSA). "The Schulze Family Foundation is committed to providing assistance to students from middle-income families who do not receive federal grant assistance. We welcome applications from students who have distinguished themselves through school, community and/or church activities while showing strong academic achievement in high school. Forty-six (46) scholarships of $5,000 per year will be awarded for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment with satisfactory academic performance."
POST-SECONDARY SCHOOL RELATED SCHOLARSHIPS:
South Central College Scholarship
Many scholarships are available. Check the entire list! In addition, the South Central College Foundation annually awards over $500,000 in scholarships and the application for that money can be found here.
SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH ENGINES:
Choose a search engine (a few are listed below) and create an account. You can make it as specific as you want. You will be inundated with options! Be sure to spend some time looking through them and keep track of your scholarship applications (and awards) in Naviance.
CareerOnestop Scholarship Finder
Chegg Scholarship Engine
Going Merry Scholarships
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Scholarships & Financial Aid for Minority Students
Student Scholarships (link of examples of scholarships found here often provided in Schoology)