19 Students and parents should tell everyone they know that they’re looking for scholarships. They should also check for scholarship op- portunities with their place of employment, their church, temple, or mosque, and with any organizations to which they belong. Talent scholarships There is usually a great deal of competition for talent scholarships, and parents and students must understand that in order to receive a talent scholarship, a student must betruly outstanding. Most talent scholarships are awarded in music, art, theater, and dance. While numerous clubs, organizations, and corporations offer scholarships, most talent scholarships are awarded by the individual colleges. Students hoping to receive a talent scholarship should create a well-written resume that includes academic information (GPA, class rank, etc.), education and career goals, accomplishments, honors, and awards. Students should also tell their teachers, directors, and instructors that they’re looking for scholarships. Teachers and directors often receive information on available scholarships, and they’re usually happy to help students complete applica- tions and create resumes. Many talent scholarships require that a student submit a portfolio, or that they audition. Because colleges have their own requirements and deadlines, students need to obtain information about scholarship requirements as early as possible. Local scholarships Local groups and organizations provide numerous scholarships for the students in their communi- ties. These scholarships are generally for smaller amounts,butbecausethecompetitionisn’tasgreat, they’re easier to get. Early in their senior year, students should tell their counselor that they are looking for scholarships. Seniors should also check with their counselor pe- riodically throughout the year to see if any new scholarships have become available. Local scholarship applications are sometimes due only weeks after being publicized.