Moving on from high school can be an enormous, frightening experience for young adults to make. For many, the next step in life is college; an exhilarating, yet stressful change in one's life. Preparing for college is important, and many factors can be put into place to make the process more efficient and cheaper. One way to lessen college expenses is by applying for scholarships. Thousands of scholarships are provided and are fit for every single person. Institutional scholarships are provided from the school, and in some cases given through admissions. “The best type of scholarships is always through the school, they are the ones that will offer you the most amount of money,” said counselor Mary J. Pook. Outside scholarships can be provided as well. Anyone can apply for a scholarship, for those who are a certain height, eye color, or just for the type of scholarship one applies for. "You can apply for scholarships through a lottery, send in a video, or write an essay depending on what the school is looking for," said Pook. Scholarships can be applied through admissions or on various websites like Naviance or collegeboard.org. Additional assistance can come from the counseling office. “I have a book full of scholarships and scholarship opportunities that I receive that I send out through a newsletter,” said Pook. Scholarships are usually sent to schools after the holidays and seniors should start applying closer to second semester. Applying for scholarships is the next big step on opening doors to an amazing, independent future.
By: Ashley Nesland