The Hunt for MONEY The first college fundraising task, and the most overlooked, is to open your mouth and ask those around you and in your family circle. Ask your doctor, your dentist, your aunts, your uncles, your cousins and your parents’ friends. They may assist directly or belong to an organization that has grants and scholarships available. Let them know your plans, keep them updated on your progress and follow up with a letter of thanks. You May Be Leaving Thousands On the Table Most college-bound students are looking for ways to supplement their education fund. It’s nearly impossible to pay for a college education without some form of financial aid. Loans, both federal and private, help thousands of students every year finance their education, but that money needs to be repaid – and with interest. Before considering any form of education loan, students need to investigate possible grants for which they may be qualified. Grant money for college never has to be repaid, and there is a wide array of grant programs designed to benefit every kind of student, and every course of study. Thousands of organizations, both public and private, have grant money to award to students who are struggling to cover the costs of their college tuition.
programs that are dedicated to Latin-American female Consider the following sources for grants to help fund students enrolled in business and accounting studies. your education:
Begin your grant search early, to allow yourself plenty of time to find, and apply to, the various grant programs for which you may be eligible. As you begin to search for possible education grants, you will find that they come in all shapes and sizes. You will also find that many grant programs may be found in the most unlikely of places. Proper Research Will Lead You to the Grants You Need Look deeply, leave no stone unturned, and you may find Finding the right grant programs to help pay for college the necessary education grants that will help meet your takes time, research and diligence. You can begin by college costs. talking to your high school advisers and teachers, and then continue your investigations on your own. At this point the Where to Start internet will be a primary tool in your search for education The following list of education grants is expansive in the grants, as will your local libraries. scope of the programs covered, but it is by no means Any successful grant search begins with knowing yourself, exhaustive. Some of the listings are for single grant your status as a student and your academic interests. programs, while others are a gateway to a list of further This will help you narrow your focus and will allow you financial aid programs. At the very least, these Grants to eliminate those grant programs for which you are not Opportunities will give you an idea of the vast array of eligible. Remember, there are need-based grants, merit- programs that exist to help deserving students find the based grants and career specific grants, and the first step is money they need for college. It should also, hopefully, understanding the type of program you’re looking for. For give you the confidence to keep searching until you find example, if you are an Hispanic woman going to college the grant program that will benefit you. to become an accountant, you will want to search for grant
• Federal Grants • Need-Based • Merit-Based and Need • Federal Study Abroad Grants • State Sponsored Grants • College/University – each institution might offer assistance • Course and Career Specific Grants • African Studies • Agriculture • Anthropology • Archaeology • Arts • Athletics and Recreation • Business • Computers/Technology • Hospitality • Journalism/Communications • Math • Media/Advertising/Communications • Music • Photography • Religion • Sciences
For more information on these grants and more, visit www.collegescholarships.org 24 • The QUAD • WINTER/SPRING | 2020