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  1. Scholarship Searches 101

  2. Always start with YOURcollege or university FIRST! Institutional awards have higher dollar amounts, are almost always renewable (provided you meet requirements), and can make a high sticker price institution more affordable. Institutional Awards Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  3. Check with your schools: • Are you considered for scholarships when you apply for admissions? What is the deadline? • Is there a separate scholarship application? What is the deadline? Institutional Awards Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  4. Consider local opportunities first! • www.StLouisGraduates.org—This is a database of scholarships for St. Louis area students!GREAT resource! • www.ulstl.org—Urban League of St. Louis Local Opportunities Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  5. Search for national scholarship opportunities, which may be based on academics, area of study, group affiliation or military study. • http://www.fastweb.com • https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search • http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships • http://www.scholarships.com National Opportunities Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  6. Ask these two questions for all private scholarships: • Is it renewable? • Is it portable? (i.e., Can you take it from one school to another if you transfer?) Important Questions Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  7. Consider membership organizations or employers: • Elks, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, National Honors Society, etc. • Does your or your parent/guardian’s employer offer a scholarship or tuition reimbursement? Memberships/Employers Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  8. NEVER, EVER pay for a scholarship search! Opening Doors to Education 8215 Clayton Road | St. Louis, Missouri 63117 | 314-725-7990 phone | 314-725-5231 fax | www.sfstl.org

  9. Questions?Contact – Sarah Fieser, MSW Email – sarah@sfstl.org

  10. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  11. Start your research early! The more time you have to complete the application, the better! Give yourself plenty of time! Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  12. Read the eligibility requirements carefully! Make sure you meet these requirements! If you have questions, contact the sponsor. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  13. Organize all the scholarship materials! Keep all documents together. Scholarships may ask for: transcripts/GED test scores, standardized test scores, financial aid forms, tax returns, essays, and recommendations. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  14. Proofread! Proofread! Proofread! Check spelling and grammar; have someone else proof read too. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  15. Don’t leave anything blank! If you have questions contact the sponsor for the scholarship; otherwise put “N/A” or “Unknown”. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  16. Follow Instructions! Read instructions carefully! Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  17. Make sure the application is legible. Type all pieces if able. If handwritten, print. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  18. Make copies of everything you send. This is your safety! Make a copy! Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  19. Double-check! Make sure everything is correct, accounted for, and signed/dated. If you are reusing materials, make sure all names and dates have been updated. Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  20. Submit the application early! Reduces YOUR stress! Scholarship Searches: Hints & Tips* * Hints & Tips amended from CollegeBoard’s website: http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/pay/scholarships-aid/21402.html

  21. Questions?Contact – Sarah Fieser, MSW Email – sarah@sfstl.org