Always start with the websites of the colleges or universities where you are planning to apply. Visit their scholarship page and look over their offerings. Review any applications and make note of deadlines.
Some schools do not require applications for their scholarships, while others do. Make sure you look for these scholarships early on in the process (even if you have not been accepted to the school), because those that do have applications often have fairly early deadlines.
The annual OSAC Scholarship Program typically starts in December, with most applications due in February/March. Much like the Common App, the on-line OSAC scholarship application contains over 400 different scholarships. Students must have their parents fill out the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) regardless of income level to be eligible for any of these scholarships. The OSAC application is available on-line at www.oregonstudentaid.gov . To get help with the application, see your Academic Counselor or ASPIRE Mentor.
Our annual AHS Local Scholarship Program typically starts in December, with most applications due in February. Applications will be available on-line at the AHS website. Typically we offer about 25 different scholarships to our graduating seniors, totaling over $105,000. Listen to the daily announcements and your senior advisor to find out when applications will be unveiled on-line at the AHS website.
Writing scholarship essays: This is truly one of the most important ingredients to winning a scholarship, and help is available. Learn what NOT to write and get help honing your essays through the ASPIRE program, and/or books available in the AHS library.
Outside the classroom: Volunteer activities, leadership, work, etc. Make sure your activities chart is as thorough and complete as possible.
Life experiences: Your essay/personal statement is your opportunity to tell your unique story; something about you the rest of your application doesn't reveal. Use your own voice, and write in the "first person".
TIP: THE INTERVIEW
Some scholarships may require you to participate in an interview:
Remember your audience
Re-read your application
Practice your interview skills
Make a positive first impression
Display poised, confident body language
Be your self
FINAL TIPS TO REMEMBER
Utilize all of your resources to maximize $$
Follow the instructions
Spell check and proofread
Order correct transcript(s)
Reflect your best work, and submit your application with the best presentation possible (folder/binder)
Submit all required documents and keep copies for yourself