Local scholarship opportunities
Scholarships for NH students
Ninety percent of all scholarships come from local community organizations. There are a lot of great resources and websites available to help you find these opportunities. Take a look at some of the more popular resources available to help you find free money.
NH93 Scholarship Superhighway (www.NH93.com) allows New Hampshire students to create a personalized profile that can be matched against a database of local opportunities. Students can search for scholarships based on high school, majors or club/activity involvement. There are hundreds of local scholarships available for New Hampshire students.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (www.nhcf.org) has distributed more than $31.2 million to New Hampshire students since 1972. This is the largest source of independent student aid in New Hampshire. There are more than 250 separate funds established by individuals, families, organizations and businesses, all to support higher education. While most of the scholarships and loans are awarded to students entering college, already in college or pursuing a graduate degree; the Foundation continually looks for new ways to deliver scholarship services to less traditional types of adult students returning to school or exploring training opportunities.
Dollars for Scholars (www.scholarshipamerica.org) is a national network of more than 1,200 community-based, volunteer-driven scholarship foundations in cities, towns and neighborhoods throughout the United States. Founded in 1958, Dollars for Scholars is the largest Scholarship America Program. Last year, Dollars for Scholars Chapters raised more than $58.3 million, awarded nearly $29 million in scholarships to more than 35,000 students and invested the remainder primarily in endowment funds for future scholarships.
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation (www.lrscholarship.org) has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to more than 3,200 recipients since 1956.
Consider a parent’s (or spouse’s) employer. Look at local awards from civic organizations. Search for awards from private trusts. Many local organizations provide scholarships to the local high schools and libraries. Contact the guidance office at your high school for other local opportunities.
Also consider some of the national search databases such as fastweb.com and collegeboard.com.
Maximize your scholarship search
From the Center for College Planning at the NHHEAF Network Organizations
1. Start looking early
While searching for additional scholarships takes time and energy, it is well worth it if it helps reduce tuition costs. The more time you dedicate to your scholarship searches, the more options you will have.
2. Organize scholarship materials
Each scholarship may have a separate application deadline and specific criteria. Many scholarships require one or more of the following:
• Parent and student financial information
• Personal statement or essay
• Letters of recommendation
• Proof of eligibility (credentials)
• High school transcript
• Standardized test scores
3. Follow instructions and proofread
Complete the application accurately and fully. Include all required materials. Ensure your applications and essays are legible and free of grammatical or spelling errors. Do not forget to sign and date the application.
4. Make copies of everything
If your application is lost, this will make it much easier to resend your application.
5. Apply early
Keep a calendar of application deadlines. Consider using certified mail or return receipt. While many deadlines may not be until spring of senior year, others will be earlier.