college scholarships

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  1. bonneb

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    Oh boy, my sweet niece has decided suddenly to go to a privatecollege, which I wholly support. She does not have parents. I am trying to help as much as I can from very far away.

    She is Hispanic, which I thought would mean lots of grants offered. Please anyone, do you have any inside info on how to get some of that free money out there? We planned our own DD education from the time she was born, but this one is a curve ball.

    If anyone knows where to look please post! I am even to the point of paying someone to hunt down scholarships. It is really hard to do, especially this time of year. Help!
     
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  3. Chrissteeena

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    Check on the college/universities website (usually under financial aid). Most of the time they have a link to various scholarships and a lot of things the specific school offers.

    I also used scholarship.com
     
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    Does your state have a scholar program? I got a state scholarship when I went to college.
     
  5. Aliceacc

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    Here's an article I give my Math SAT Prep classes. It originally appeared in NY Newsday:

    "The Top 10 websites for college-bound students Originally published in Newsday May 7, 2010 9:23 AM

    1. College Board (collegeboard.com): You’ll need to create an account here so you can register for the SATs-and check your scores the minute they’re posted. But this nonprofit organization of more than 5,700 member schools provides a wealth of other information as well. Its website is a great starting point to gather-and compare- basic data on colleges, including admission requirements, program offerings and costs.

    2. College Confidential (collegeconfidential.com): This site bills itself as the “leading college-bound community on the web,” and it’s easy to see why. In addition to helpful articles on admissions and financial aid, it features lively discussion boards where parents, students and admissions officers answer one another’s questions, share tips and offer support throughout the college process. All you need to do is register and give yourself a “screen name” so you can join the conversation.

    3. College Prowler (collegeprowler.com): You’ll get the lowdown on schools directly from students and recent grads. For each of 1,476 colleges listed, you can learn about everything from acceptance rates to assessments of the campus drinking and dating scenes. You’ll also find colorful quotes from co-eds that give you a real-deal sense of the college environment. In addition, the site offers a tool to help you assess your chances of admission at the schools you’re considering.

    4. Common Application (commonap.org): Pretty much every high school senior is familiar with the so-called “common ap.” This is the go-to resource when the time comes to actually apply to college: It provides online and print versions of application materials for almost 400 schools. Students complete one main application and essay that can be submitted to multiple colleges with the click of a mouse. You can also link to any supplementary application materials a school requires. New this year: Online forms for teachers and guidance counselors to submit recommendations electronically.

    5. FAFSA (fafsa.org): If you think you’ll need help paying for college, get comfortable with the website of the Free Application for Financial Student Aid. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, it’s a user-friendly resource that’s loaded with publications, brochures and fact-sheets on financing college. And, most importantly, it’s where you set up an account to apply for federal aid, including Pell grants and Stafford, Perkins and Plus loans.

    6. FastWeb (fastweb.com): If you’re hoping for a scholarship, this is the place to hunt it down. After registering, you can custom-search a database of 1.3 million awards based on your individual qualifications and needs. FastWeb also supplies info on job and internship programs and has an active discussion board as well.

    7. FinAid (finaid.com): This award-winning website, sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, may well be the most comprehensive resource on paying for higher education. You’ll find nitty-gritty details about different types of loans, scholarships, grants and even military programs. The site’s “FAQs” cover anything you can think oft: There’s even a category called “miscellaneous and unusual” questions. In addition, it has calculators to help you project college costs, estimate your expected family contribution and decide how much to borrow.

    8. NCAA (ncaa.org): Any student athlete who dreams of playing at a Division I, II or III school should log onto this site and download the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s guide. It contains the rules and regulations that spell out everything, from the way college coaches can recruit to what high school courses a student needs to take and what SAT scores he must attain. This is also where athlete applicants submit a “clearinghouse form” that is used by college coaches for recruitment purposes.

    9. Peterson’s (petersons.com): If you’re looking to find a wealth of material in a single place, this site is a good bet. Originally a well-respected college guidebook, Peterson’s has migrated online with enough material info to fill volumes. You’ll find basic data about hundreds of colleges and universities, including criteria for admissions, courses of study and total costs. In addition, there are helpful articles on virtually every aspect of the admissions process.

    10. Princeton Review (princetonreview.com): Though primarily aimed at encouraging students to sign up for the company’s test-prep programs, this site contains tons of free content, including articles on applying to schools, choosing a major and finding a study abroad program. One fun feature is the “counselor-o-matic,” a tool that asks questions about grades, test scores, interests and activities then spits out a list of “good-fit” colleges. You’ll also find light-hearted rankings, which name the top colleges in such categories as “Most Politically Active” and “Major Frat and Sorority Scene.” "
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    She is at a bit of a disadvantage as her GPA, once they determined what to accept, is below average. She has had to work full time to support herself and go to school part time, and learn some things the hard way. Such as how grades affect your future.

    I am hoping there are specific grants for Hispanics. I found a couple yesterday that don't require a particular GPA and am looking into those. Wow, some don't require citizenship either. But yes, she is a US citizen. Gosh y'all, this has really thrown me. Suffice it to say, she has had a lot of hard knocks through no fault of her own. I just want so much for her to have something great in her life! Since we did not know this was coming, we are not prepared to help her except with travel. Boo!

    All prayers are appreciated!
     
  7. bonneb

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    Alice, you are awesome, as always! That's your new moniker:
    AlwaysAwesomeAlice! AAA
     
  8. Aliceacc

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    Thanks Bonne,

    Also, Google is a big help:
    ►Search ResultsHispanic Scholarship Fund
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    Apply Online - Scholarships - General Requirements - Scholarship ProgramsHispanic College Fund
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    Search for Hispanic scholarships and read articles on how other Hispanics are applying for financial aid and receiving money for college.
    Scholarships for Hispanics :: Go for the Gold with a Good Education!
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    Scholarships for Hispanics is a non-profit organization that provides more than 1000 sources of financial aid more easily accessible to Hispanic students ...
    Latino College Dollars.org
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    Hispanic Scholarship Fund | Home
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    Scholarship applications for the 2011-2012 Academic Year are currently available. ... 2011 Hispanic Scholarship Fund 55 Second Street, Suite 1500 San ...
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    Find a Hispanic Scholarship | OEDb
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    With the number of Hispanic Americans on the rise, it is not a wonder why many institutions have started giving more and more scholarship money to Hispanic ...
     
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    Check out fastweb.com
    You need to make a profile. My sons found it enormously helpful when they were looking for scholarships.
     
  10. Aliceacc

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    Also, you say she has no parents.

    If they're both deceased, google "scholarships for orphans."
     
  11. glen

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    Have her call the financial aid office, too. If she explains her situation, they may come up with a better package. My son called several times (without a hardship- he just didn't feel the package was fair) and benefitted each time. He'll be freshman in the fall as well, and they were very willing to work with him.
     
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    You have all come through, as always! I can't tell you how much I appreciate this community - you always come to my aid with issues I can't always share outside of this place. Thank you!
     
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    A lot of private schools now have significant financial aid. My boyfriend doesn't have parents and since he filed for financial aid from the school as an independent, he received a lot of help. In the end school (Stanford) cost him what a California public university would have cost. Call the school financial aid office to get better information...a lot of schools don't update their websites as much as we'd like to think they do!
     
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    Alice's links are great! I also would have her talk to her high school's guidance counselor. I know when I was in high school, my counselors were amazing and had a list of local scholarships that were available. I would really recommend applying to all of the smaller local scholarships. Although they aren't worth as much as some of the big national ones, you have a better chance of winning them and they can add up quickly.
     
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    Hi everyone,

    I have been catching up on email and found this thread again. I wanted to update you who have been so helpful.

    My niece DID get to the university!!!! Everything came together, definitely through the grace of God.

    She was offered a $500 Pell grant; after I talked w/financial aid (got a great woman who so wanted to be helpful!) they found a way to bump it up to $5,000!! (Her FAFSA was incomplete, not presenting the true picture of her need.)

    She is over the age limit for dorms, and 3 days before she was to take off she was invited to share a 5 bedroom apartment with 4 other girls - all strangers to her, but friends of my DD.

    Someone pitched in and offered her a ride from the airport to the University - 1 hour away. Again, a stranger to her, but a friend of my daughter's.

    She is doing great! Slowly making friends, bravely going out into the social gatherings, working hard on challenging classes. Please continue to pop up a prayer for her from time to time. Some time I will tell her story - a life of heartbreak, yet she is one of the sweetest, most grounded young women I have ever known!

    Thank you all again for your suggestions. In a week, she and I begin scrounging for scholarships for spring semester. We are hoping to get her enough help that she will not have to take out loans.
     

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