Scholarships are considered gift aid. Scholarships can come from colleges and private organizations. They may be awarded for academic or athletic ability, interest in a certain subject, or volunteer work, for example. Some scholarships are given based on membership in an ethnic or religious group. Companies may also give scholarships to children of employees.
DHS Scholarships are are provided by various individuals, families and partners in our community. They are need-based, merit-based, and/or service-based, and each scholarship has different requirements. These scholarships are only available to the DHS Senior class, which means that the odds of receiving one of them are higher than if you were to apply for a national scholarship. DHS Scholarships will open on Thursday, December 17th after the last final. All DHS Scholarships are hosted in the online platform of Going Merry, which is also a national scholarship database. Stay tuned for more info on how to apply.
How to search for Scholarships:
1. Look at college websites. Typically, colleges are the number one source for awarding scholarships that can be worth higher amounts. For all of the colleges you applied to, go to the Financial Aid section of their websites to learn about how scholarships are awarded. Often, colleges will automatically consider you for merit scholarships by filling out an application for admission. Colleges can also have separate applications for merit scholarships, higher profile scholarships, and/or departmental scholarships. Take advantage of everything the college is offering.
2. As mentioned above, DHS offers scholarships in which DHS Seniors are the only students who can apply for them. This means the odds of receiving one of these scholarships is very high. Please read the details above under DHS Scholarships.
3. Look locally in the greater Deerfield area. Local scholarships also have a smaller applicant pool. Check out places like where you work, where your parent(s) work, the library, local stores like Kohl's, government offices, the park district, etc.
4. Look in Maia. Everything that we receive at DHS is put into Maia (Maia Homepage > Scholarships). You are able to "heart" or save the scholarships you are interested in so that you can easliy return to them later.
5. Check out national scholarship websites. We made a list of our favorite sites below!
Most Commonly Used National Scholarship Websites:
Guidelines About Scholarships:1. You should never have to pay for a scholarship application!2. Fill out scholarship applications well in advance of the deadline. Some give priority to the order of receipt.3. If the scholarship requires a transcript to be sent, you must order one online through Parchment.4. Financial need is considered for many, but certainly not all scholarships.5. Apply for several scholarships. There are no guarantees you will receive one particular scholarship.
- College Board
- College Greenlight
- Going Merry
- Raise Me
- Scholarship Experts