The Sallie Mae Fund will once again provide $2.5 million in college scholarships to roughly 1,000 deserving students pursuing higher education this fall. Applications, eligibility and deadline information are now available on http://www.salliemaefund.org/.
The Institute for Higher Education Policy estimates that there are billions of dollars in college scholarships available each year. Awards can range from a few hundred dollars to a full ride for all four years, and best of all, they do not need to be repaid.
The Fund offers students tips for tapping into this free money for college:
— Apply for as many awards as you qualify for. Even small awards can be helpful in covering the cost of books.
— Pay close attention to deadlines. Missing a deadline is a sure way to become disqualified.
— Look for scholarships offered by a variety of sources, including companies, unions, foundations, community organizations, churches and more.
— Tell family, friends, teachers and others in your community that you are looking for scholarships. They may know something you do not.
– Understand the conditions of an award — such as maintaining a specific GPA or participating on an athletic team.
— Watch for scholarship scams. You should never have to pay for scholarship advice or information.
— If you get a scholarship, be sure to write a thank you note to the organization. You may want to reapply for the scholarship in the future so it is important to make a good impression.
In 2006, The Fund awarded $2.6 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 deserving students enrolled in colleges across the country. More than 14,000 completed applications were submitted by college-bound students from across the country, a significant jump from the previous year and a record for The Sallie Mae Fund’s scholarship programs. For a complete listing of 2006 scholarship recipients and the schools they attend, or for 2007-2008 scholarship information, visit http://www.salliemaefund.org/.
Source: The Sallie Mae Fund