How to pay for your education is an important question; many four-year institutions offer scholarships in addition to financial aid to help ease the costs. Scholarships may be based on your GPA or on your financial need; so, keep your grades up and complete the FAFSA form. Even if you didn't qualify for a scholarship or financial aid at MC, that doesn't mean you won't qualify at a four-year institution.
Make yourself a strong candidate
A strong GPA is important when applying for scholarships but it's not the only factor! Get involved, gain valuable experience by participating in Clubs and Organizations, Volunteer Activities, MC Honors Programs, Phi Theta Kappa, or Co-op/Internship.
Pay attention to eligibility criteria
Scholarships can be merit-based, need-based, or a combination of the two. Merit-based scholarships often require a specific GPA as well as leadership activities and honors courses. Need-based scholarships often ask for FAFSA or income information. Know what is required before applying for a scholarship you might not be eligible for.
Research the sponsoring organization
Read about the organization, institution or scholarship you are applying to. If you know the sponsor has a passion for healthcare and you are interested in healthcare, then highlight that in your application to stand out.
Keep an updated resume
Scholarships often require a resume as part of the scholarship packet. A scholarship resume is different that the one that you would use when applying for a job, it focuses more on academic activities. Always consult with a Career Services Professional.
Letter of Recommendation
View a Student's Guide to Getting the Best Letters of Recommendation. Make sure to ask faculty for a letter of recommendation with enough notice; they may need a few weeks to write the letter and send it.
Have supplemental materials ready
Most scholarships will require some if not all of these supporting materials:
- Official transcripts - request transcripts from Admissions and Enrollment Management
- Financial aid forms and tax information - accessible online through your FAFSA profile
- Essays - consult with the MC writing center or an advisor to make sure your essay is polished and comprehensive
- Recommendation letters - ask in advance and make sure your references can meet the required deadline
Submit a complete application!
The application form itself may seem like the simplest part, but this is often where scholarship readers find the most mistakes. Read over your application carefully before you submit it. Double check all required materials (sometimes applications require multiple copies of certain materials). Incomplete applications are often discarded.