October 2013 Edition
Let me introduce myself. My name is Lisa Runyan and I’m on the Board of Directors for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce as well as Director of the Clay County Children’s Policy Council and a lifelong children’s advocate. I am writing this column to help parents and teachers who want to invest in their children’s education.
So often, parents think about scholarships only for their children in High School. The truth is that it’s never too early to be looking for award and scholarship opportunities. Students who are awarded scholarships in middle school are more likely to be awarded scholarships in High School.
October 2013 Edition
Welcome to the October installment of Scholarship Links and Resources. Thanks to all of you who attended the Countdown to College Seminar last week.
When we talk about Scholarships we have to remember there are basically two types.
- Internal Renewable & Non-renewable
- External Non-renewable
You may apply for internal awards/scholarships once you have applied to your school of choice. What can you do until then, to help fund your schooling? The answer is that you can apply for the types of Scholarships listed below. These are external, because they are usually not affiliated with a school and they are non-renewable, meaning you are awarded the money for that given year only.
Each month, I will post a new listing of available awards. These are not listed per grade or date deadline, so you will have to pay attention to the criteria and due dates. Remember to check the archives, as each month 10- 30 opportunities are listed.
This month we focus on some non-merit based awards. So where can you go if your GPA is not 4.0, or you don’t fit the mold of the most academic student? There are many scholarships that don’t focus on academic merit. This month we focus on non GPA based Scholarships that use different somewhat unusual criteria such as:
physical characteristics, creativity, last name, sports, field of study, the final frontier, animal appreciation, food-related, activity-related etc.
Click here to review the full October Issue of Scholarship Corner with direct links to more information on each.