This page contains information about the scholarship process and provides links for additional information. All scholarship announcements are listed in the Scholarships, Contests, & Opportunities Announcement Sheet . Seniors interested in applying for any scholarships should see their counselor, our counseling secretary, or Mrs. Felt in the Counseling Office.
The Scholarship Process
Scholarships are provided by a variety of institutions and organizations including colleges, government agencies, large corporations, professional organizations, civic groups, etc. Use the following tips to help you with your scholarship search.
Start looking for scholarships now!
Good starting points include:
- MCHS Scholarship, Contests, and Opportunities Announcement Sheet
- Internet (www.gafutures.org, https://www.goingmerry.com/, fastweb.org)
- Parents' Work
- Financial Aid Offices at Colleges
- Athletic Programs
- Scholarship Books
- Community Organizations
- Special Interest Groups (e.g. Minority Scholarship Programs)
- Local Scholarships (Local scholarship packet will be available in early January)
What scholarships look for:
Academics, SAT/ACT scores, community service, leadership, course selection, rank in class, recommendations, talent, athletic ability.
Be sure to note eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines.
Scholarships usually have very specific eligibility requirements, procedures for applying, and deadlines. Please pay close attention to these requirements and be sure to apply early!
Keep grades and test scores (SAT/ACT) up.
Most agencies that award scholarships receive many applications. This makes the process more competitive. You may be satisfied with your scores, however, they may not be high enough to meet the scholarship requirements. Scholarships usually go to the students with the highest GPA and test scores.
Gather all information together to be sent in.
If letters of recommendation are required, choose the person who knows you the best and give them at least 10-14 days advance notice.
Keep up with deadlines!
A late application will not be considered.
Apply for need-based financial aid.
Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid--available after October 1st of your senior year) and any other financial aid forms that are required.
Contact colleges and request their scholarship information.
The majority of scholarship money comes from the school itself! You do not have to wait until you have been accepted to a college to investigate scholarships.
Polish your scholarship applications.
Your scholarship application represents you. Neatly print or type your application. If an essay is required, be sure it is error-free.
Keep a copy of every application you submit.
Submit your name for nomination.
A lot of scholarships request that one name from the school be submitted for nomination. If you feel you would be a good candidate for a specific scholarship, give your name to your counselor. A scholarship committee will review all information and choose the best candidate for that scholarship.
Remember, scholarships are competitive!
Do not let this keep you from completing the applications. You never know when you may be the one.
Do not discard a scholarship because of its small amount!!!
Small scholarships add up to large ones!!!
For additional information visit the following links:
For additional scholarship information, visit:
- Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
For additional financial aid information, visit:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- GA Student Finance Commission
- U.S. Department of Education
- Smart Guide to Student Financial Aid
- Federal Student Aid Online Resources
- International Students Guide to Financial Aid