Need Scholarship Help?
- Be prepared to spend time on your scholarship hunt.
- Be aware of deadlines and requirements.
- Always have someone check your work.
- Keep a copy of everything.
- Keep several copies of your SAR from FAFSA.
- Keep copies of your latest Federal Income Tax.
- Keep everything organized in a notebook.
- If you have been awarded a scholarship, go to the awards ceremony, especially if the scholarship is renewable! Donors like to see who is receiving their award.
- Make sure your award letter states what the money may be used for and the semester(s) of use if the check goes directly to the college.
- Write a “THANK YOU” note. Again, if it is renewable or if you can apply for it multiple times, take the time and say thank you. Leave them with a good impression.
Have the following ready to go at all times:
- Have an updated resume on hand.
- Have three letters of recommendation (one from a teacher, employer, and character reference).
- When asking someone for letter of recommendation:
- ask at least two weeks before you need it
- give the person a copy of your resume
- a copy of the scholarship application, and a stamped envelope if needed.
- Have two general essays ready. Most essays can be tweaked from these two general essays.
- What are your future goals?
- One that describes your best moment and worst moment.
eBook from EBSCOHost database:
- Scholarships 101: The Real-world Guide to Getting Cash for College By: Stezala, Kimberly.
Full Text Available. American Management Association. 2008. eBook. 257p.
- How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay: Including 30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships
Full Text Available. 3rd edition. SuperCollege. 2009. eBook. 257p.
Books Available in Hoffman Family Library:
- Get Free Cash For College by: Tanabe, Gen S.
2011. ISBN: 1932662448 Reference
- Scholarships 2014 by:Schlachter, Gail, R. David Weber.
2011. ISBN: 0735204101 Reference
- 501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College by: Tanabe, Gen.
2009. ISBN: 1932662685 Reference
Fastweb.com - This website emails you upcoming scholarship due dates, etc.
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving - scholarships for the Greater Hartford area
Call your town or city high school most of the time they have a list of scholarships for their seniors that might include local scholarships for adult learners.
Manchester residents, click here.
Check your local sources: Parents, Grandparents, Employers, Credit Unions, local supermarkets, etc. Veterans organizations, the Elks, Masons, etc.
Check any organizations that you may belong to that are in your field of study.
- Rankin Foundation - provides scholarships and support for low-income women 35 and older to build better lives through college completion.
- Collegescholarships.org - Non-Traditional
- Collegescholarships.org - Adult Students
- Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- American Savings Foundation