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How to Apply for a Scholarship

Posted: November 8, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info, Scholarships

Applying for scholarships is a lot like applying to colleges. You start with a large number of possibilities and cut that down to a short list of choices. Then you have to complete and submit applications that include essays, recommendations and lists of achievements that highlight your best qualities.

You may hear various suggestions about the best way to apply for scholarships. The truth is, what works for one person may not work for another. There are no secrets to applying. The best advice is to use common sense and follow directions.

Don’t Miss Deadlines

Some scholarships have deadlines early in the fall of senior year. Mark the due dates on your calendar and work your way backward to figure out how much time you’ll have to get each piece of the application finished.

Start Your Research Early

Researching scholarships, requesting information and application materials, and completing applications all take time. Use Scholarship Search to get started.

Read Eligibility Requirements Carefully

If you have a question about whether you qualify for a certain scholarship, contact the scholarship sponsor. There’s no point in applying for a scholarship you’re not eligible to receive.

Get Organized

Make a separate file for each scholarship and sort the files by application due dates.

You should also gather the items you’ll need to apply. Many scholarships ask you to send some or all of the following:

  • High school transcript
  • Standardized test scores
  • Financial aid forms, such as the FAFSA or CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®
  • Parents’ financial information, including tax returns
  • One or more essays
  • One or more letters of recommendation
  • Proof of eligibility for the scholarship (for example, proof of membership in a certain group)

You might also need to prepare for an interview. And if you’re competing for talent-based scholarships, you’ll probably need to audition or submit a portfolio.

Follow Instructions

Stick to the word limit for the essay. If supporting materials are not requested in the application, don’t send them.

Use common sense, start early and follow directions.

Check Your Application

Before you send the application in:

  • Make sure you filled in all the blanks. You can contact scholarship sponsors if you aren’t sure how to fill out part of the application.
  • Make sure your answers are readable. If you can, fill out the application online. If you have to write out the application, print neatly.
  • If you’re reusing material (such as a cover letter or an essay) from another scholarship application, make sure you haven’t left in any incorrect names.
  • Proofread your application. Run spell check and grammar check on the application. Also, have someone else read your essays to catch mistakes and give you feedback.
  • Remember to sign and date your application.

Keep Copies of Everything

Having copies of your scholarship application makes it easy to resend quickly if application materials get lost in the mail. If you’re applying for a scholarship online, save copies of your work on your computer.

Track the Package

If you’re submitting your application by mail, consider using certified mail or requesting a return receipt to confirm that your materials arrived at their destination.


Financial Aid

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info, Financial Aid

What is financial aid? Financial aid can come in many different forms, but essentially financial aid is money or resources that a student applies for and uses to attend college. Financial aid can be used to pay for everything it takes to be a college student, including paying tuition, food, rent, book, travel, and supplies. The most important thing is that students submit all the right forms on time.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the major form students must submit to be considered for financial aid. It is just one form which is submitted to the federal government and your information is sent to all of the colleges you list. Students and families can use theFAFSA4caster to understand the options available to from the federal government. Simply provide some basic information and the FAFSA4caster will estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. The FAFSA allows students to be considered for the three major types of government awarded financial aid – grants, work study, and loans.

Grants are “free” money that you do not have to pay back. They are considered gift aid and you do not need to work to earn them.

Work-Study is a federal and state program that allows students to earn money to pay for college. If you are awarded work-study money, you need to apply for jobs at your campus (or off campus depending on the college).

Loans are essentially money that you borrow and then pay back over time. There are many different types of loans (including some that do not charge interest while you are in school) so it is important to understand your financial aid award and what you are committing to.

Some colleges may require an additional financial aid form called theCSS/Financial Aid Profile (commonly referred to CSS Profile or the College Board Profile). Contact your potential colleges to see if you need to submit this form.

To learn more about the financial aid process visit:,,

Finding the Right College

Size, location, academic focus, campus life, public vs. private, in-state vs. out-of-state are just a few characteristics which should be considered when selecting a college. There is a college out there for everyone; it just takes time to find the best fit for you. Starting the college search process can begin at any time during high school. Most students begin researching college options during junior year. To explore your college choices and find the right college for you, visit these web sites to search the more than 4,000 options out there.

November 6, 2012                   6:45 am – 3 pm                               See Warren for more details!

The College Application

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info

The college application process begins during the fall of a student’s senior year. Application deadlines for colleges range from the middle of November to well into March, so it is important for students to decide where they want to apply and submit their applications and financial aid forms on time. While you can use tools like College Board’s College Matchmaker to learn about a college and their admission information, always contact the college’s admissions office to get the most updated information.

With more than 4,000 different colleges, there is a variety of ways each college actually reviews and selects their students. Only a handful of colleges have a “highly-selective” admissions process. Almost all colleges admit a majority of their applicants. However, students need to be prepared academically (take the right classes and challenge yourself) and socially (get involved with your school and community). These are the most important factors in your application. Talk with each of your potential colleges to learn how they review their applicants so you can do your best in the admissions process. 

You can usually submit an application online or on paper via postal mail. You will most likely be required to send in additional materials, such as test scores and transcripts. Make sure that you complete the entire application and that the college receives everything to make your application complete.

To make sure you are on the right track for your senior year, download a copy of the 12th grade College Readiness Checklist.

Parts of a College Application

  • Personal Information – This section requires you to fill out contact information, parent/guardian information, and demographic information. This is simply a fill-in-the-blank section.
  • Transcript/Grades – Some colleges require you to send official transcripts, while others simply have you self-report your courses and grades in the application itself. This allows the college to see how you have performed academically and how you have challenged yourself.
  • Test Scores – Most colleges will require you to submit official test scores directly from the testing agency. Check with each of your potential colleges to see the best way to report your standardized test scores.
  • Personal Statement/Essay – Many colleges have the opportunity for students to describe who they are beyond test scores and grades and this typically happens in the personal statement. Make sure you spend time writing, revising, and reflecting on the essay prompt.
  • Short Questions/Responses – Colleges can often add additional questions beyond a large personal statement to get to know you even more. Make sure to follow directions and respond to each prompt.
  • Activities Log/ Résumé – To show what you do outside of the classroom, many colleges may ask you to fill out an “activities log” or include a résumé. This allows you to showcase your involvement at your school, community, and personal life.
  • Additional Comments – Students typically have the space to provide any additional information that is not already included in the application itself.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Certain colleges or honors programs at colleges may want to hear from someone that knows you academically or personally and ask that you submit a letter of recommendation. Make sure that you ask your teachers or counselors well ahead of the deadline and provide them with a paid and addressed envelope.

UBer’s … Take the pledge!!!

Posted: September 27, 2012 by UI Upward Bound in College Info, From UB Staff, Fun Stuff, Uncategorized

Join UB November 02 and visit both Universities to find out!

Envision Idaho

  • Get a look at research labs, art and design studios, a student stock trading  floor, performance halls and more.
  • Meet faculty, tour facilities, discover unique learning opportunities, explore   majors, and learn about careers in a discipline—from business to art to science.
  • Attend a Student Activities Fair to learn about getting involved, social and     recreation activities, and service opportunities locally and abroad.
  • Visit a residence hall, a sorority or fraternity, the Student Recreation Center, and venues for on-campus concerts, socializing and student activities.
  • Interact with experts and current students for tips about financial aid, study abroad, support services, and other popular topics.

WSU Campus Tour

Many current students will tell you it was their first visit to our campus that       confirmed their decision to attend WSU. Tour the campus with a current student guide, get information about academic programs, paying for college, tips for       applying and meet some of our prominent faculty and committed staff. Learn   about more opportunities through TRiO and Student Support Service program.

Registration and Event Details

Warren will assist all seniors interested in attending Envision Idaho and WSU     Tour in registering for the events online. Registration closes October 8th, space is  limited—sign up early. See Warren for more details, paperwork, and for registration. UB will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, transportation to and from Moscow to KHS, and will pay for all event and activity fees.


November 02, 2012

  • 5:30 a.m. – pick up at Kellogg – Travel to Moscow
  • 7:30 a.m. – Check-In
  • 8:00 a.m. – Early Bird Campus Tour
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Welcome! Idaho Experience
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
  • 12:30 p.m. – Travel to Pullman
  • 1:00 pm – Tour WSU
  • 3:15 pm – Tour Concludes
  • 3:30 pm – Student Support Services (SSS) TRIO)
  • 4:00 pm – Walk Downtown/Dinner
  • 5:30 pm – Depart for SV
  • 7:30 pm – Drop off at KHS

Let Warren know ASAP if you are interested in joining!