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Searching for Scholarships
Congratulations on Your Child Being Accepted! Now that that’s settled, the idea of actually paying for college looms. Hopefully, you have prepared in some way but fear not. Finding scholarships can help with the cost of college.
If you live in Florida and have purchased a Florida Prepaid plan, then that will start working for you immediately. Bright Futures Scholarships have also been a goal while in high school, and if earned, they will apply once your student has started.
Every year, I hear stories about thousands of dollars in scholarship money that are never applied for. It does take a lot of work and time to research scholarships, apply for them, and to validate the authenticity of them. But, that work can pay off at a reduced cost to you. Some are quite competitive, some last for four years, and some are downright silly, but pay for something. Some scholarships require essays and believe it or not, those are the ones most avoided; therefore, have the least amount of people applying. Don’t steer away from these; seek help with the essay instead. It is also recommended to apply for any scholarships as early as possible and be sure to have your FAFSA form completed beforehand.
Below we address the scholarship opportunities through UF. Read our blog on actual scholarships that are available to all students here. To learn about other scholarship opportunities, make sure you read our blog on Searching for Scholarships.
Look for merit-based and need-based scholarships. There are scholarships that are based solely on academic achievement. Click here for a list of these scholarships. And check with the individual Colleges you are or plan to be, enrolled in. Many have their own scholarships. We’ve provided the links below. Pay attention to submission deadlines.
- The Warrington College of Business’s Heavener School of Business
- The College of Education
- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
- College of the Arts
- College of Dentistry – While there are more need-based scholarships available than merit-based, it is worth applying to any that are available. They also offer Military Health Scholarships as well as general scholarships.
- College of Design, Construction and Planning
- College of Engineering
- College of Health and Human Performance
- College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- College of Journalism and Communications
- College of Public Health & Health Professions
- College of Veterinary Medicine
- College of Pharmacy
- College of Nursing
- Levin College of Law
- Gator Clubs: Another source of scholarships is the Gator Clubs. Many of the local Gator Clubs offer scholarships, both merit and need-based, to incoming qualified students. Choose a Gator Club in your area to find out about scholarships. Start your search here.
- Study Edge offers a scholarship for physics majors. Click here for information.
Here Are the Tell-Tale Signs of a Scholarship Scam:
Guarantee of a Scholarship – No company or organization can guarantee the receipt of a scholarship, especially before an application is submitted.
Advanced Fees – There is no reason to pay upfront for a scholarship search since there are a number of free resources online.
Financial Information – Bank account or credit card information is not required by legitimate scholarship grantors.
High-Pressure Sales Tactics – No matter how much the promoter claims you can receive, don’t give in to pressure to sign up for any product or service immediately. Ask for written information and then research the company and the product before committing to any contract or payment.
Dodging the Question – If you receive vague or evasive answers to your questions, this is a big red flag. Walk away.
We have found Goingmerry.com as a reliable scholarship resource website.
Consider creating a separate email address just to be used for scholarships. Some scholarship websites sell your email information to third party companies. This will allow you to keep your personal email address and your .edu email address private.
If your students are lucky enough to land a scholarship (or a few), it is highly recommended that they write a thank you note to the donor.
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