Both students and parents worry and stress about the money that college education is going to cost them. Scholarships can help take away some of that stress.
In the guidance office, a huge bulletin board is full of available scholarships for students. Students are able to pick up an application for any of those scholarships on the table below from the corresponding folders.“Most range from $500-$1500, maybe as high as $2000. The scholarships don’t always list the amount because it depends on the amount of money the scholarship committee raises during their fund raising events,” guidance counselor Mrs. Mary Beth Miller said.
There are a handful of scholarships that do get applied for by a lot of students. Some of them are easy to apply for because the student only has to complete one page of information. Some are popular because the criterion applies to a large group of people. An example would be a scholarship that lists volunteer services as part of the criteria. That scholarship is usually applied for by many students since so many students volunteer with Key Club and other organizations.
Local scholarships, like the Glenshaw Century, are also popular with the students. The Heather Claire Miller and Mary Ruth Jeffery are the most popular. Scholarships for Band, Chorus, or musical participants are always very because of the large number of students that participate in those programs.
However, certain scholarships have a very specific criterion that limits applicants to minorities or people going into a certain field.
“They are ones for students going into engineering and you at least have to have your initial major as engineering in order to apply for it,” Miller said.
Shaler Area Education Association, or the teacher’s union, has its own scholarship it awards a student. The student needs to be planning to pursue education as her or his major.
While some of the scholarships receive many applicants, other scholarships are unpopular among students.
“A consistently under applied scholarship has always been the Millvalin. Initially offered to students from Millvale, but when no one applies, it’s opened up to all students planning to attend CCAC,” guidance counselor Mr. Matthew Anselmino said.
Last year the scholarship sponsor contacted the school and told the school that two students had applied. Miller contacted five students that she knew could qualify for the scholarship and gave them applications. None of those students applied for it.
The Louise Salinger scholarship for fashion students also often gets a small number of applicants.
“People don’t want to commit their time to the scholarships because some require more effort than others,” Miller said.
Miller believes students don’t apply because they believe they won’t be approved or be awarded the scholarship. In reality, if a student had been meet all the criteria and no other students applied then the student might have gotten it.
When filling out applications, students need to consider other things than just criteria though. They need to decide which ones to apply for.
“I say as apply to as many as you can and qualify for. That can be overwhelming because there are a lot,” Miller said.
Students should always take their time when filling out the applications and make sure the application is well done and neat. Before turning in the application, an applicant should always make sure that his or her application includes everything that the scholarship asks for, like references or the reviewers of the scholarship would consider the application incomplete. Students should not just look at the how much a scholarship offers, because usually the ones worth less are easier to complete.
Scholarships provide help for students when it comes time to pay for college. Sometimes, the money the scholarship gives out is not a large amount, but that doesn’t mean that the scholarship isn’t worth the time it takes to fill out an application.