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Can you "stack" your scholarship winnings?

Scholarships are a great way to help lessen the cost of college, however, it is important to know whether the school will "stack" or "replace" the funds and knowing what your potential colleges will do with any scholarship winnings can help you decide which college will be a better financial option.  Please see below for a few resources to better understand the process:


Scholarship Displacement

College Board: How Outside Scholarships Affect Your Financial Aid Package


Scholarship Tips

Need money to help pay for college*?  See below for secrets, tips, and websites that can help!  There are so many out there for students of all ages-don't let the opportunity pass you by! 

*Whether you are planning on attending a two-year or four-year college, trade/vocational school, there are opportunities for all students and all ​grade levels!

Secrets for starting the search for scholarships:

Secret #1: Build your personal brand
What’s your personal brand? Ask yourself the question, “Who am I?” Knowing your personal brand will help you write more focused, more concise scholarship essays and have better college admission interviews, increasing the likelihood of getting additional free money. Your personal brand is the topic you talk about with friends in deep conversation into the night. It’s the hobby you miss meals working on, the interest that makes hours seem like minutes.

Secret #2: Create your scholarship crew
Increase the odds of finding scholarships by having more than one pair of eyes looking out for application opportunities. Get a small group of your friends together and agree to meet once a week to hunt for scholarships and apply together. Your team will also be helpful during the application process as you proof each other’s essays and hold each other accountable to your deadlines.

Secret #3: Stay on top of scholarship news
Services such as Google Reader allow you to create your own personal newspaper that covers topics from the Web that you feel are important to you. If you’re looking to pay for college, one of the topics that will be the most important to you should be scholarships—also known as free money. Here’s how to get started:
Go to Google and enter the keywords for one of your scholarship searches (For example, type in “Boston Music Scholarships”).
At the bottom of the search results page, you’ll find a series of links including one for Google Reader.
After selecting that link, you’ll be asked if you want to subscribe to that newsfeed.
Click the subscribe button.
Once you have subscribed, you’ll get articles about that scholarship term every time there is a news story about it. Then read, review, and determine if it’s relevant to your scholarship search or not. 

Secret #4: Get social
Facebook pages, Twitter, Digg, Reddit, Stumbleupon, and many other social networking web sites and services can be great places for you to discover scholarships for which you should apply. You can also use these sites to see what people are saying about scholarships that you may be thinking about applying for or those to which you have already applied. Here’s an example:

Go to twitter and enter the word “scholarship” into the search box. Scan the results for relevant scholarship opportunities AND relevant sources. Many financial aid offices and scholarship foundations use twitter to reach students, these folks are in the know and trying to help, follow them! You’ll find ScholarshipPoints (@winscholarships) on twitter too! They tweet new scholarship opportunities nearly every day.

Secret #5: Play “Let’s Make a Deal” with the parents
Ask your parents or whoever else who might be helping you pay for college if they’d be willing to make a deal with you. Scholarships can be a lot of work, but absolutely worth the pay off.  One member got her parents to agree to fork over 10% of the total amount of scholarship money she earned. At the end of the scholarship application process, she had earned $2,000 in scholarship money and had $200 of cash in her pocket at the same time!

Now that you have these five valuable tips and tricks at your fingertips, get going! It’s the perfect time to start searching and applying for scholarships!  There are so many scholarships available for students of all ages! 

In addition, if you are applying for scholarships and they are asking for some sort of "fee" or application cost, DO NOT APPLY!
If you need money, why would you pay money to get money?

Scholarship Tips Straight from the UCs!

The winter break is a great time for students to search and apply for "outside scholarships".


There are many FREE resources available to students.  As students search for outside scholarships, be advised that students should never pay for scholarship information.


Listed below are 9 reputable scholarship sources:


1. Current information at the high school or community college

Including Naviance!


2. The financial aid office at each UC Campus

(or any college to which you are applying)


3. The U.S. Department of Labor's FREE scholarship search tool


4. The public or school library's reference section


5. Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups


6. Organizations (including professional associations) related to the student's field of interest


7. Ethnicity-based organizations


8. The student's or their parents' employer


9. Scholarship web search engines


Scholarships vary in size, applications, requirements, and deadlines.  Students should apply broadly and continue the process of searching throughout their academic career!


National Scholarship Search Databases:

In addition to the websites listed below, please make use of the searchable scholarship database through Naviance as well.  It has a variety of scholarships/contests for all grade levels, as well as the local scholarships that may not be found in the national database search engines.  One of the categories that you can search by in Naviance is "Previously won by an SSHS student", which will show you the list of scholarships our students have won over the past 15 years.

Sallie Mae

Taxability of scholarships: What you need to know