Scholarship Guide 2021/2022
YCHS School Counseling Office
Welcome to Your Senior Year, Class of 2022!
General Scholarship Information
Click on the underlined links below to find information. Please remember those individual colleges have their specific scholarship websites that will not be located on this page and must be searched through their college website. This can be a great source of scholarships and grants as well!
· FinAid – Links to scholarships, grants, loans, and graduate aid.
· StudentAid.gov – Information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
· College Affordability Guide – This site’s mission is to provide clear, correct info and advice on the many options students have to reduce the cost of their degree, and to offer a fresh analysis of which colleges are doing the most to make high-quality education affordable.
Where's the Money?
Here's a look at the most popular types of college financial aid:
Grants and Scholarships
- Pell Grants- A grant from the federal government intended for low-income families. The maximum amount has been $5,500 in the past.
- Institutional Grants and Scholarships- These come directly from colleges and must be completed on their individual financial aid page.
- Outside Scholarships-This page is intended to aid you and your student in finding these scholarships. The more you apply to, the more you will receive.
- Stafford Loans- Students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for subsidized Stafford loans, which the government pays interest on while you're in school and carry a 2.5% rate following graduation. Unsubsidized loans also carry a 2.5% interest rate, but there is a maximum amount students can take out.
- Parent Plus Loans- Parents of dependent children, whose credit meets a minimum score, can take out federal parent plus loans, interest rates vary.
- Private loans- Some loans from private lenders such as Discover may come with lower interest rates than some federal loans.
This page is our YCHS local, state, and national scholarship page. This page is maintained, often so check back to see which scholarships have opened this year. All open scholarships will be highlighted in yellow.
Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
There are a plethora of scholarship search engines to choose from. Below are a few of the most helpful search sites for FREE money. Remember, the more you apply for, the more you have the chance to get. Click on the underlined links below for each site.
· Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
· Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
· Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by fellow students like you.
· Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
· CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
· Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
· Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
· Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
· Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
· KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
· HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
· Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
· Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
· Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
· American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
· Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
· UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
· Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
· Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
· American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
· National Society of High School Scholars - NSHSS and its partners offer more than $2,000,000 in scholarships annually. All students are eligible to apply for high school and college scholarships in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more
MERIT Based State scholarships
Palmetto Fellows- Students must meet ALL 3 requirements.
1. 27 ACT OR 1200 SAT
2. 3.5 Cummulative GPA
3. Top 6% of their class in 10th, 11th or 12th grade
Palmetto Fellows is $6700 for the first year with an increase to $7500 for the remaining 3 years. Mrs. Davis will pull students who are eligible to complete applications during first semester. There is a specific application and email entry that must be completed in order to receive this scholarship.
LIFE scholarship- Students must be 2/3 requirements.
1. 24 ACT OR 1100 SAT
2. 3.0 Cummulative GPA upon graduating
3. Top 30% in the senior class upon graduation
LIFE scholarship is $5000 a year for four year colleges or two year colleges. There is not a specific application for LIFE scholarship, though some individual schools will make you complete a form upon entry.
HOPE scholarship- Students must graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher. This is a one year scholarship of $2700 for those students who did not meet criterion for LIFE scholarship. IF you maintain a 3.0 or higher your first year of college then this will transition to the LIFE. There is no specific application for the HOPE.
How-To Scholarship Programs
The following sites give step by step guides to helping parents and students identify and apply for scholarships.
The Scholarship Workshop – Scholarship information from an award-winning author and scholarship winner.
The Scholarship Academy – Offers curriculum to help students identify tailored scholarship options and build solid scholarship profile.