Search for scholarships early in the New Year

Most high school seniors are midway through their final year of required schooling, and starting to feel the itch of senioritis. While that’s perfectly normal, this is also the time of year where those same seniors should be searching for college scholarships to help defer the cost of their upcoming college education. Here are some scholarships to keep an eye out for:

Search for local scholarships first

Have your student reach out to their College and Career Center at school to see if they have a list of scholarships being offered by local companies or organizations. These companies want to be able to show that local teenagers are successfully moving on to the next level and they’re eager to welcome college scholarships applications of local area students.

Search for scholarships with heritage ties

What is your family’s heritage? Your ethnicity can open the path to a scholarship for your teenager. The competition for these prestigious scholarships may increase soon for some ethnicities. A 2016 Pew Research Center study claims that the Hispanic high school dropout rate dropped from 32 percent in 2000 to 12 percent in 2014 for adults 18–24. CollegeScholarships.org cites that although five percent of the U.S. population is Asian, more than 40 percent report participation in higher education in some level, a higher number than any other ethnic group. The opportunities are there for your child, if they look for them but they’ll need to get those applications out as soon as possible.

Membership scholarships

Herein lies a greatest opportunity. Some organizations offer member- and customer-only scholarships. A few examples include credit unions, faith-based organizations, bulk-quantity stores and age-based associations, just to name a few. Scholarships within these organizations won’t be easier to acquire, but the pool of competition will definitely be smaller than an open scholarship submission. The National Association of Pastoral Musicians is one of many examples of niche scholarship opportunities. They offer ten scholarships with a value of $21,000. Walmart offers employees and their dependents can apply for scholarships of up to $13,000. And be sure to take advantage of this one:

Travis Credit Union is offering 20 scholarships to members who are high school seniors attending college this fall. Visit our website for more information on how to apply.

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