29 Scholarship Application Tips Make sure all applications: 1) are completed correctly; 2) have your child’s name on every page; 3) include everything requested; 4) are copied before being submitted; 5) submitted before the deadline. u Scholarship applications become available throughout a student’s senior year. Some are due only weeks after being publicized. u Guidance offices, career centers, and libraries generally have a great deal of information available on scholarship opportunities. u Search for scholarships online. These websites match a student’s interests, plans, background, and special circumstances with thousands of govern- ment, community, and campus-based scholarship programs. www.fastweb.com www.scholarships.com u Makesureteachersandcounselorsaregivenplentyoftimetowriterecom- mendations and prepare transcripts. Be aware of deadlines! u Colleges seek students who excel in a specific area or who have an unusual talent. They also look for students who will bring diversity to their campus. Colleges often offer such students scholarships as an incentive to attend their school. u Always check to see if financial aid and scholarship awards are renewable. A one-year scholarship is for one year only; a renewable scholarship can become a four-year scholarship. u Be suspicious of scholarship services that charge a fee. Most of these ser- vices provide little information of value and some are outright scams. The FTC estimates that hundreds of thousands of families are scammed out of millions of dollars each year by fraudulent companies. u Remember that most financial aid is not awarded in the form of a scholarship. Pursue all financial aid opportunities.