Looking for a way to pay for college that won't add to your debt? Not sure if you qualify for the millions of dollars that are currently available? Well, the first step is to discover what's out there!
Scholarships are usually awarded on various criteria reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award, and requirements to win scholarships vary as widely as the purposes of the award -- whether it honors your ancestry or your desired career path.
Aside from state-provided grants and merit scholarships from the schools themselves, millions of dollars worth of private scholarships in Orange County can be found on Fastweb.com. Simply register for Fastweb, complete your profile, and be matched instantly with scholarships unique to your situation. It's that simple!
Here's just a sample of the awards pertinent to students in Orange County and accessible from Fastweb:
Santa Ana College Library Technology Program ‚Äì Orange County Library Association
The Santa Ana College Library Technology Program Scholarship is open to continuing students studying library technology at Santa Ana College. You must be an Orange County resident or employed in an Orange County library. You must also have completed at least two core courses in the program with a grade "B" or better and be in good standing with the program to qualify for this award. Selection is based on academic achievement, number of classes completed, essay, professional and/or community activities and contributions to the library profession. This scholarship is awarded on odd years.
Performing Arts Spotlight Award ‚Äì Music Center
The Performing Arts Spotlight Award is available to current high school students residing and attending school in one of the following Southern California counties: Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, and/or Ventura. You must be involved in dance, instrumental music, or vocal music to qualify for this award.
Marjorie M. Shostak Scholarship ‚Äì Women in International Trade ‚Äì LA
The Marjorie M. Shostak Scholarship is available to full-time sophomore, junior and senior students who are pursuing a degree in an international field at an accredited Southern California institution. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a legal U.S. citizen or resident, and demonstrate leadership qualities through involvement and participation in extracurricular activities. This award may be used to cover education-related expenses, study abroad programs or international trade-related seminars/workshops.
Southern California Mothers of Twins Club Scholarship ‚Äì Southern CA Mothers of Twins Club, Inc.
The Southern California Mothers of Twins Club Scholarship is available students of multiple birth (twin, triplet, or higher) or mothers of multiples. You must be either a senior in high school planning to attend college, a student currently attending a college, university, trade or vocational school or a mother of multiples planning to attend or currently attending a college, university, trade or vocational school. You must also be a resident of Southern California or Clark County, Nevada to be eligible for this award.
California Hall of Fame Dreamers Challenge ‚Äì The California Museum
The California Hall of Fame Dreamers Challenge is open to 2011 graduating high school seniors from Northern and Southern California. To be considered, you must submit an original work of art, a musical masterpiece, a poem, a drawing, a short film, an essay, etc that demonstrates how you would change the world and how your dream will leave a lasting mark on the state, nation, and the world.
To find more scholarships that are a fit for your interests and experience, visit Fastweb.com.