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Learn More About Scholarships

Scholarships are monetary gifts awarded on the basis of academic performance or other exemplary achievements. Some scholarships are based on financial need, while others are not. Scholarships may come from a community or professional group, a business, labor union, religious organization, or national foundation. College financial aid offices are a source of information on all scholarships.

Community Organization-Sponsored Scholarships

Many civic and community groups (e.g., Rotary Club, Elks, American Legion, 4H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Chamber of Commerce, PTA, etc.) offer scholarships and other financial assistance. Contact the various patriotic, civic, fraternal, religious, ethnic, social, and professional organizations in your community for more information.

Employer-Sponsored Scholarships

Many private businesses and corporations offer scholarships or loans to employees' children or to students who live in the community where the company is located. Others offer aid to students majoring in fields related to the company's activities or interests. Personnel offices at some companies have application information and forms available. Check with online sources and CFWV Find a Scholarship, as well as your local library for more information.

Professional, Career, and Trade Association Sponsored Scholarships

Libraries have directories of scholarships and loans offered by professional, career, and trade associations in your proposed career or field of study. Also, ask your art or shop instructor, coach or bandmaster about schools and colleges looking for students with your talents. Scholarship leads also may be listed in trade magazines related to your special interests and skills.

National Merit Scholarships

The independent, non-profit Merit Scholarship Corporation awards about 5,000 scholarships each year. Students compete on the basis of test scores, academic and extracurricular achievements, and school recommendations. Taking the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in the fall of your junior year in high school will enter you in the competition.

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