With my son beginning his junior year of high school in the fall, the cost of a college education has been in my thoughts a lot lately. I’m saving each month in order to help defray the skyrocketing cost of his post-secondary education, and he’s saving money from each of his paychecks from his part time job as well. In addition to saving up our own funds, when the time is right I’ll encourage him to seek out and apply for as many scholarships and grants as he possibly can.
My son and I attended a college informational presentation recently, and one of the topics was scholarships and grants. The presenter told a story about a young woman who received a scholarship by default because she was the only applicant. In fact, that particular scholarship had not been awarded for the three previous years because there were no applicants. Scholarships and grants are out there for the taking, college hopefuls just need to go find them. Here are a few places to find such information.
When we opened up my son’s checking account a few months ago, the banker made a point to mention that they had several scholarships available. He sent information home with us, stating that we should keep them in mind when applying for scholarships.
Our life insurance company has already sent us numerous mailings with information regarding scholarships they offer.
Chamber Of Commerce
A city’s chamber of commerce has a wealth of information regarding the community it serves. It makes sense they would also have information regarding scholarships and grants that may be offered by local businesses or charitable organizations.
When I was a high school senior, I stopped by my guidance counselor’s office every week to ask if they had any grants or scholarships I could apply for. Many times organizations will send information to the school. Remember to look there.
I also called the office of the college I would be attending. They referred me to the specific department offices, or others who could give me information. I applied and was awarded a scholarship offered by the department that offered my major. I also applied and was awarded a scholarship from the Mass Communications department even though I had no interest in journalism. The fact that I had worked on the school newspaper fulfilled the requirements to submit an application.
The time is getting close to put our college preparation into high gear for our son. Deciding which college to attend is only a small part of the process. My son will need to apply and be accepted, and then go all out searching for scholarship and grant opportunities. By checking with all of these places, as well as others we may find along the way, we can put a significant dent in the cost of his college education.
Do you know of any other places to check for scholarship and grant opportunities? Help us out by sharing them with us.