November is National Scholarship Month, sponsored by the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). National Scholarship Month (NSM) is about building an awareness of scholarships for current and future college students. November is also an excellent time to begin the scholarship application process if you have not done so already. Many scholarship providers are posting new scholarship information and competitions for the next academic year and November is also an ideal month to dedicate some time to finding scholarships for the current and coming academic years.
What is a scholarship? Scholarships are gift money, unlike student loans, scholarships do not have to be paid back. With the rising costs of college education, applying for scholarships is one way to reduce your overall cost for college. Many small scholarships can add up. Where can you find scholarships? First of all check with your local high school guidance counselor. They have the resources on local scholarships and deadlines. You can also search for online national scholarships on websites like www.goingmerry.com or www.fastweb.com.
Thinking about a career school instead of a traditional college? Yes, there are scholarships for that as well. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has resources for work-study, college scholarships, and Next Level jobs.
La Porte County Public Library is here to support you. We can help with finding resources to help you prepare for college, job search help, study for certifications or licensure exams, and prep for GED, high school or college entrance exams, and the military. Visit one of our locations to use our public computers to apply for scholarships or fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Click here to see the resources we offer. It is never too early to research scholarships.