Take the following steps this fall and spring, to help you qualify for college scholarships for the upcoming year.
Build your scholarship resume! Many private and departmental scholarship committees will consider your activities, leadership, and community service. Find some areas of interest in your school and/or community, and get involved in those areas. Join clubs at MTSU, and take on leadership roles such as officer positions in those clubs. Watch for opportunities to perform community service; aim for services which make a significant impact on your community. Keep good notes on your leadership roles and community involvement, so that you can brag about yourself on your scholarship applications!
Fall: Focus on your grades. Many scholarships will consider your GPA only through the fall semester of the previous year, so your grades in the fall may have a significant impact on what scholarships you can receive.
Start searching for scholarship opportunities; visit our Private Scholarships webpage for suggestions on where and how to search. Begin a scholarship folder with information about scholarships in which you are interested. Note the source of the scholarship, requirements, application process, and deadline to apply.
Spring: File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is the application for federal grants and loans, the lottery scholarship, and other aid. File your FAFSA in early January to qualify for need-based aid, or by March 1 if you do not expect to receive need-based aid.
Check with your academic department to learn about scholarship opportunities and application requirements for students in your major. Most application deadlines will fall in February or March. You can find a limited amount of information about these scholarships on our Foundation Scholarships webpage.
Submit scholarship acceptance forms or other required paperwork by the stated deadline.
All year: Continue to focus on your grades. The lottery scholarship, MTSU renewable scholarships, and some private scholarships will consider your GPA periodically. Always be sure to do your best and keep your GPA as high as possible!
Updated October 2012