A scholarship is a cash award that is provided by private and public agencies and/or
individual donors to help students fund their education.
There are several websites, books (check your local library), agencies, companies,
institutions, etc. who list available scholarships. It is important to create a profile
to assist you in pinpointing various scholarships. Please check out one of our scholarship
seminars for details.
Not always. Not all scholarships are based on academic merit. Some scholarships are
based on financial need, major, ethnicity, gender, age and/or level of community involvement,
etc. There are even scholarships designated for individuals with certain disabilities,
illnesses, or challenges. In addition there are scholarships for veterans or in some
cases, dependents of veterans.
No! Some scholarships require students to demonstrate financial need, but many do
not. Please check avaialble scholarships carefully to ensure you apply for all for
which you may be eligible.
No. When you receive a scholarship you don't have to pay it back.
Each scholarship is different. It depends on the criteria that the agencies or individuals
offering the scholarship have set. If you have any questions about a particular scholarship
you should contact the distributing agency or organization.
Absolutely! Apply for as many scholarships as possible. It could add up to a significant
amount of funding for your education.
It can be a bit time consuming, but very much worth the effort.
All SWC scholarships will require an essay. It is part of the general application.
Most external scholarships will also require an essay. For additional help you can
use the ASC Writing Center and other resources.
Yes. You should avoid any scholarship sites that require money for their services.