SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FINANCIAL AID
Many scholarships are available for students who pursue post-secondary educational opportunities. Students and parents, who take to time to research, complete, and submit applications may see substantial rewards for their efforts.
Many scholarship applications are sent to the guidance office for students. Applications received are made available to students and are most often given out monthly during government class. A database has been created listing names and criteria of available scholarships. It will be updated during the year and can be viewed on the Nonlocal Scholarship page.
There are many free scholarship search programs available online. The best may be FastWeb, www.fastweb.com , which provides a customized scholarship search of over 600,000 scholarships worth over a billion dollars. Log onto the site and complete the application, which asks for demographic and educational goal information. Lists of possible scholarships will be given to you as you periodically log in to check FastWeb. FastWeb will often email to you available scholarships. You are still responsible for obtaining scholarship applications, completing, and submitting them. Other good sites are listed on the College, Career, Scholarship, and Financial Aid Site Page to the left. Be careful of fee based scholarship search programs. You still have to complete the applications and most of the information that they provide to you is available through free sources.
The federal and state governments provide free money to all eligible students, most in the form of grants. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, is the form that the federal government uses to determine one's eligibility for federal student aid which includes grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans to help pay for college. A student must complete and submit the FAFSA by about March 1 in order to receive the best consideration for financial aid. Applications received after this date for most colleges will be awarded money depending on what is left. The FAFSA may completed on the Web: www.fafsa.ed.gov . It is best to have your taxes completed prior to completing, and there is a student part and a parent part. The FAFSA requires demographic information, plus other data including student's and parent's expenses, savings, and assets. Please see the priority deadlines for individual colleges.
Highland civic clubs, organizations, and families have generously given lots of money to graduates who go on to college. Most sponsors accept one general scholarship application. The application and supporting information will be available to students in early March. Applications and recommendations received in the guidance office by the given deadline will be copied and forwarded to the designated scholarship sponsor. We really express our thankfulness to all that give so graciously and generously to our students.