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What are the most common types of scholarships?

A scholarship might cover the entire cost of your tuition, or it might be a one-time award of a few hundred dollars. Either way, it’s worth applying for, because it will help reduce the cost of your education. There are 3 common types of scholarship:


1. Merit-based: Scholarships that require meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-provider. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest.

2. Financial need based: Scholarships to assist individuals of low-income households.

3. Targeting Particular Groups: Scholarships geared toward particular groups of people (specific to gender, available because of where you or your parent work (for instance scholarships for military families), targeting a certain background.

Where can I find scholarships?

1. The CPS Scholarship Guide (posted on Brooks' website)

2. Check your email

3. Counseling Bulletin Board

4. Follow us on Twitter

How do I apply?

1. Complete a student Profile on Academic Works https://cps.academicworks.com/

2. Each scholarship has its own requirements. The scholarship’s website should give you an idea of who qualifies for the scholarship and how to apply. Make sure you read the application carefully, fill it out completely, and meet the application deadline.

How do I get awarded scholarship money?

That depends on the scholarship. The money might go directly to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds reimbursed to you. It might be sent directly to you in form of a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you have been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

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