As a current high school senior here at Neuse Charter School, I have recently learned that the statement “senior year is a breeze,” is false. Applying to colleges, along with attempting to obtain scholarships, is very stressful. Though this process has been long and stressful, Mr. Casey and Mrs. Miller have made it simpler. There are both college scholarships that are offered by the school, as well as those outside of the university. I personally have received only scholarships from colleges thus far, but have also been applying for others.
First, let me explain how these scholarships from colleges are obtained. Many universities offer information on scholarships and what requirements are with each level. The first example will be Campbell University. This individual private university doesn’t offer the requirements for their scholarships. However, once a student applies, they are then placed into the scholarship pool. Campbell University bases the scholarship amounts off of certain things such as: GPA, SAT scores, ACT scores, and community service. Universities may either offer scholarships without the student having to fill out a separate form or they may require students to fill out an application. Another way to receive scholarships is outside of universities.
Recently, I have begun completing scholarship applications that are harder to receive. These are available to students all over the world and are very competitive. Most of these scholarships offer above $5,000 and therefore, everyone competes. These certain scholarships are actually really hard to receive because they usually only give away five.
The scholarship process is something that needs to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, some students graduating from college are filing for bankruptcy soon after they graduate or have a high level of debt upon graduation. In Senior Seminar, we spend quite a bit of time searching for and filling out scholarship applications to help lessen the amount students will have to pay after graduating.