Scholarship Basics

Scholarship Basics


Applying for scholarships can be confusing;
here are the basics: apply to RCC, apply to OSAC, keep applying to new scholarships as
you find them all year round, and never give up! [Everyone talking to each other] Good
morning class and welcome to CG105. You’re all here to learn how to get some scholarship
money, right?! [Everyone still talking to each other] Who wants to share why they’re
here today? My parents are making me. They say it’s a way to save money, but I don’t
know how it’s gonna help me do that. Well, you know there’s money out there, but this
class is gonna be kind of like your toolbox; we’re going to teach you how to go and get
it. I heard from my friend that it’s a waste of my time to apply for scholarships unless
I have a 4.0 GPA, which I don’t have. You know, I’m too busy with my family. It sounds
like your friend doesn’t have a lot of information about scholarships, let me explain. There
are a lot of different reasons why you can get scholarships, for example: Acting, Farming,
Journalism, Nursing, Farming, Softball, Farming, Environmental Studies, Farming, Mechanic,
Aviation, Can I get one for farmin’? Wait, what if I’m a single parent? Is there a
scholarship for that? It could be! There’s lots of different donors who give scholarships
for lots of different reasons. Can you give some examples? Sure, there’s the RCC Foundation,
there’s the state which is the OSAC, and there’s third party scholarships. What’s
the RCC Foundation? The RCC Foundation offers an opportunity to submit one, annual application
that will be considered for multiple scholarships. The application includes a short personal
essay, two recommendation letters, a community service list, completed FASFA, and the actual
application page. So one person out of the whole college will get a scholarship? That
doesn’t sound good. Actually, the RCC Foundation awards over seven hundred thousand dollars
per year, to about four hundred and fifty students. So it gives you a better than two
in one chance that you’ll actually get one and the average award is fifteen hundred dollars
a year. So it’s definitely not one student that gets all the money. That sounds good,
what about state scholarships? As an Oregon resident, you can submit a single application
to the Oregon Student Access Commission known as OSAC and be considered for multiple scholarships.
There are over four hundred available and over eighteen million dollars a year to win.
So when exactly is the deadline for the OSAC scholarship? March 1st of every year, but
be sure to check their website because they offer an extra incentive for Early Bird filers.
If you submit your application before a certain deadline in February they actually will draw
ten more students to receive an extra five hundred dollar scholarship just for getting
their application in early. So what exactly are third party scholarships? Many notable
companies offer scholarships to their employees or students who have an affiliation with the
company; they figure investing in higher education helps them to invest in people’s future.
Well, how would I even find those scholarships to know what’s available? RCC maintains
a database of all currently active scholarships that we can find to make it easy for students
to apply and it’s called Scholarship Central. How could I find and use Scholarship Central?
Let’s take a look. Start by going to the RCC Home Page. Under Student Services, click
on Financial Aid. Then on the left hand side, click on Scholarships. This brings you to
the scholarship homepage and then by clicking on the Year-Round Scholarship Search Tool
link, it’ll take you directly to Scholarship Central. Once you’re in Scholarship Central
there are specific fields to search by. For example, you can search for scholarships that
are open to only males. Then you can add that you’re looking for scholarships specific
to Welding. The program sorts for you and provides a list of the scholarships in the
database that match your search criteria. Once you find a scholarship, click on the
name of that scholarship. This will allow you to see information about the scholarship
including: a description, possibly an amount, a deadline, application criteria, and finally
the contact information for that donor. You can print this page of information or email
it to yourself or a friend. Remember to check back periodically as the information is updated
regularly, and scholarship timeframes open up and become newly available as the year
goes on. Scholarship Central sure helps us find scholarships to apply for, but it still
takes time so does it really pay off? Absolutely. Let’s say you win a thousand dollars, if
it took you ten hours to do that application, you just made a hundred dollars an hour, and
you don’t have to pay it back, it’s free! Plus, the more scholarships that you apply
for, the easier it gets because you can just keep using the same information. It’s been
awhile since I’ve written a paper, are there any tools besides this one credit class to
help make my application better? Yes. The Tutoring Centers, both online and on campus
will ah…do some darn thing [laughter] Ah, will proof read and offer constructive help
if you give them your essay. My brother got ripped off by a scholarship. How do we tell
the difference between fake and true scholarships when applying for them? Yeah, I heard you
should never pay to apply for a scholarship. That is a very good point. There are scholarship
scams and you have to be careful. First and foremost, scholarships should be free. Any
application fee is definitely a red flag. Also, be sure to keep good records of where
you apply so you can keep track of and contact them especially if you get a scholarship,
keep passwords to yourself, and be cautious of using your Social Security Number. So would
it be a good idea to thank the committees after you receive a scholarship? Yes, you
have to! They can actually take your scholarship away if you don’t. That’s right, you got
it! This has been really helpful! If I have questions in the future, who can I contact?
You can contact the RCC Foundation and OSAC using the information below.

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