Scholarships are offered throughout the year by various universities, organizations, and industries. The Counseling Office publishes regularly updated lists of all the available scholarships and their registration deadlines. This information is available in the Career Center, Senior Resource, and on this website.
In September, obtain applications to the colleges to which you intend to apply. A listing of all scholarships and the needed forms are available in the Career Center.
Complete your college applications early in your senior year. Type all essays and activities lists. Your application should make a positive impression. You may have the essays proofread in the Career Center.
Submit completed college and scholarship applications to the counseling office for official transcripts, processing, and mailing. Bring in a check/money order for the application fee. We will document the date of submission and the mailing date
Many organizations contact GCHS with information about scholarships. All scholarships are listed online via Naviance.
On the Naviance home page, click on the “Colleges” tab and scroll down to the section called “Scholarships and Money.” Click on “Scholarship List”. You can search this list by category to find local scholarships you may be eligible for. Be sure to check back regularly as new scholarships are added often. You can also click on “National Scholarship Search” to complete a broader search.
Other websites that may help you in your search are:
www.college-scholarships.com This site has a listing of online scholarship search sites. www.fastweb.com
www.meritaid.com (merit-based scholarships only)
www.collegefund.org (for Native American students)
www.hsf.net (for Hispanic students)
www.latinocollegedollars.com (for Hispanic students)
www.uncf.org (for African American students)
www.blackcollegedollars.com (for African American students)
www.christianconnector.com (for Christian college scholarships)
Some scholarship applications are as easy as filling out a response card or online form, however be aware that typically you will then be added to some type of mailing list. Here are some easy scholarships you may want to check out: x
www.nextstepu.com - enter the Win Free Tuition scholarship giveaway. Up to $10,000 is given each year to pay for one year of college tuition. x
www.careersandcolleges.com/- enter to win a $10,000 scholarship by random drawing, x
www.ecampustours.com – enter their $1,000 scholarship giveaway. For an online list of merit based scholarships -
www.meritaid.com For an online list of unusual and uncommon scholarships -
www.finaid.org/scholarships/unusual.phtml For an online list of the most prestigious scholarships and fellowships -
www.finaid.org/scholarships/prestigious.phtml For an online list of scholarships for ‘average’ students (those who don’t have a 4.0 GPA)- www.finaid.org/scholarships/average.phtml
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Interested in Teaching?
Check out these grant/scholarship opportunities:
TEACH Grant Program
Grants of up to $4,000 per year are provided to students who intend to teach for at least four years in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low- income students. High-need fields are currently: Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, Special Education. You do not have to demonstrate financial aid to be eligible, however you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, be enrolled in a post-secondary institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program, be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching, and meet certain academic requirements. More information can be found at
www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov/pubs. Contact the financial aid office of the schools you are interested in attending to see if they participate in the program.
New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentives Scholarships
This program provides awards to students attending school at the undergraduate or graduate degree level in exchange for five years of full-time employment as a secondary education math or science teacher. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, be attending a college located in New York State, be matriculated in an approved program at a degree granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a secondary education math or science teacher, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recipients shall receive an annual award for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. The maximum annual award for the 2011-12 academic year is $5295 Applications for the 2012 series will be available in January 2013. For more information and additional criteria, visit
www.hesc.ny.gov and select State Grants or call 888-697-4372.
Check the other scholarship links below: