Scholarships provide money that can help students pay for their college education. Different from loans, scholarships provide money that students and their families never have to pay back. Some scholarships are provided by private organizations while others are provided by colleges and universities. Each MCPS high school has a College and Career Center that is open twelve months per year. They have multiple resources to help students and their families learn about scholarships.
Scholarships are awarded to students who meet a variety of criteria, such as students and families with limited financial resources; students who have pursued rigorous coursework while in high school and earned high grades and SAT scores; students with special talents such as athletic or artistic ability; or students who have extensive volunteer experience or who are planning to enter certain careers. Students can maximize their chances to qualify for scholarships by taking challenging classes (including honors and advanced placement), earning good grades, maximizing your SAT and ACT scores by preparation and practice, and getting involved in extracurricular activities.
It is important that students file scholarship applications by the scholarship deadline.The application form for many scholarships can be found online or in the College and Career Center in each high school. Students should work with the registrar at their high school to have transcripts sent with their scholarship applications in the same manner that transcripts are sent with college applications. Students should talk with their counselor or the college and career information coordinator at their high school for additional information or if they need assistance in completing scholarship applications.
More and more students are finding that web-based scholarship sites provide the easiest and most comprehensive approach to search for scholarships to help offset the increasing burden of paying for post-secondary education. Be wary of scholarship scams that often imitate legitimate government agencies, grant-giving foundations, education lenders, and scholarship services. If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam.
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