November is National Scholarship Month!

Interested in finding ways to finance your college education?  Here are some guidelines, written by Arapahoe Libraries staff member Patty Imber who has put four children through college.  Message me if you'd like more help!

It is never too early to start the search for money for your education. It starts with your freshman year of High School. Everything matters starting then: your grades, your involvement in class activities, clubs, sports and community.

It is very important to keep records of ongoing activities. You can keep a notebook, three-ring binder or digital record of these items. Keep copies of each so you can add to each scholarship application.

Include these items in your record:

  • Resume, Transcripts, AP Classes, College Classes
  • Honors, Awards, Recognitions
  • Club Memberships and Offices Held
  • Sports and Extracurricular Activities
  • Community involvement and Volunteer Hours
  • A record of Letters of Recommendation
  • Essays

The most important thing to do is to fill out a FAFSA application as soon as it is available. That is the form needed for Government Grants and Loans, also known as Federal Student Aid. It is best to get free money that does not have to be paid back first, then apply for scholarships.

Start your search for scholarships as close to home as possible. Check with your parents first.

  • Where do they bank? Banks and Credit Unions
  • Which Utility company do they use?
  • Do their employers offer any scholarships?
  • Do they belong to any clubs or organizations that may offer scholarships?

Examples:

Xcel Energy

  • US Bank
  • Pinnacol Foundation
  • Elks Club

You can also go to your local Arapahoe Library for more information. We have many reference books with so much more information. Here are just a few:

The Ultimate Scholarship Book

                                             Peterson's Scholarships, Grants & Prizes

                                             Get Free Cash for College

                                             Getting Financial Aid 2017

                                             And many more…..

Search these websites to help you get started and get even more information

  • CollegeinColorado.org
  • CollegeInvest.org
  • FAFSA.ed.ed.gov

…. Just remember to watch for deadlines. Good luck!

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