Local Scholarships

It’s raining scholarship money in the counseling office. The week of January 24 – January 31, our new counselor, Laurie Lynch, and I will be visiting senior English classrooms to discuss the 2011 Local Scholarship packet. The local scholarships are for students in St. Vrain Valley School District. There are scholarships based on financial need, ones with essays and others based on your college major. Some scholarships require nothing more than a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from your completed FAFSA.

Info on the Local Scholarships:

-List I: this list goes with the Local Scholarship Application (both sheets are on white paper). You need one application for any of these and two letters of recommendation.                         

-List II: these scholarships (listed on yellow paper) have separate applications you can pick up in the counseling office. Some of these scholarships have different deadlines, so plan accordingly.

-Many of the scholarships require you to do the FAFSA and to turn in your SAR (student aid report). Don’t forget there are two, free FAFSA sessions in February. Front Range will host on Sunday, February 13 and Skyline will host on Thursday, February 17. Check out the Calendar of Events on this blog for times.

-All local scholarships are due on Tuesday, February 28 in the counseling office. If you miss the deadline the applications will not be accepted.

There are thousands of scholarships available to students every year. It takes a lot of time and effort for students to write the essays and put together portfolios, but the payoff can be great. Leaving college with as little debt as possible will make your post-college years that much more enjoyable. Student loans generally have low interest, but they take a huge chunk of your paycheck every month, so put in the time and effort now. Your future self will be very grateful.

(graphic from stumpmasters.com)

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