You’ve dreamed about going to a Christian college, prayed about which one to attend, and you’re finally ready to take the plunge. All that’s left is coming up with the finances to make it all come true. Scholarships
are a fantastic way to help pay for your college tuition. Finding and applying for Christian college scholarships may seem daunting at first, but it’s easier than you think.
Often, the best places to look for a Christian college scholarship are places that are already part of your life. Ask your pastor if the church offers any sort of scholarship fund. Your workplace may also offer a tuition assistance program or scholarship. If you belong to any professional organizations or clubs, look into what they might offer, as well. Look into the organizations related to your field of interest; they might offer scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing careers in their direction. Once you’ve exhausted these options, there are a multitude of scholarships to be found by searching online.
Don’t forget to look into grants, as well. Grants are similar to scholarships, in that they are free money that doesn’t need to be paid back. Grants are mainly awarded based on financial need, unlike scholarships, which have additional requirements like minimum GPA, particular field of study, Christian community service requirement, etc. Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify you for Federal Pell Grant Program, the most common federal grant for education.
Applying for Scholarships
Organize the scholarships you’ve found by priority. First, apply for the ones with the closest deadlines and that you feel you are most qualified. The application process will be slightly different for each scholarship; read the application carefully and don’t omit anything. If you aren’t sure how to fill in something, contact the scholarship sponsors for advice. Some scholarships require you to write an essay. You can use the same essay for more than one Christian college scholarship, as long as the subject matter still applies. Comb through your application carefully, checking your grammar and spelling. It’s a good idea to have a friend proofread your application and essay if you can. Keep copies of everything for yourself, and consider using certified mail to ensure your envelopes are received.
Scholarships are a wonderful gift of free money for your education, but you can’t get them if you don’t apply. Don’t be afraid to apply for as many of them as you can find. Once you’ve filled out an application or two, you’ll gain confidence and the rest of your scholarships will be a breeze. With faith and determination you might even be awarded enough scholarships and grant money to completely fund your school year.