Scholarship Application Advice

Many seniors are working on their High School and Beyond Plans, which is a graduation requirement. Part of this process involves understanding the financial implications of choices they make regarding life after high school. For some students this means filling out the FAFSA as well as applying for scholarships. 

Front desk secretary in Student Services Cristi Wood helps students with registration for scholarships, colleges and getting an appointment with their counselors.  

“A lot of the times scholarships are thought of for tuition or going towards books only,” Wood said, “but it is misunderstood it could be just a foot in the door to starting college or just a little help in money to get you into college or just a little nudge to someone. It can support if it’s a return scholarship or if it’s just a one-time scholarship.” 

Scholarships have different amounts of money. Wood says that the ranges can be anywhere between $50-$1,000; some scholarships can be for more.  

Wood offers some advice to seniors who might be stressed about the process of applying. “Don’t panic,” Wood said, “just read the fine print and try to find the most efficient way to get through it.”  

In addition, Wood encourages students to talk to their friends as well as adults in their lives.  

“Talk to your peers, ask questions on what they are applying for, what do they want to major in, how are they getting through the stress,” Wood said.  

There is a big selection of scholarships out but with very limited time to apply, many with a March 10 deadline. 

The Schoology class page of 2023 has information on scholarships. According to Wood, the site has directions on how to apply, submit applications and all the requirements that must be met for certain scholarships.  

“Don’t be afraid to answer a question even if you aren’t sure about the questions. It’s better to put down something rather than nothing because it could lead to them not accepting it because it’s incomplete,” Wood said.