Scholarships offer students a great way to maximize their financial aid. Scholarships do not need to be repaid. A good rule of thumb is to “apply early”, “apply often”, and “meet scholarship application deadline”.
External scholarships are scholarships that students seek, apply, and receive on their own with little or no assistance from the institution. External scholarships are generally available through student’s place of employment, churches, and civic organizations. There are thousands of external scholarships that student can apply to online from various organizations. However, the institution urges students to be cautious when applying for scholarships online to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. For example, if an organization require that you enter a credit card or pay a fee to receive a scholarship, more than likely it is an organization that is engaging in fraudulent activity. Reputable organizations do not charge a fee to search and apply for their scholarships.
Does the external scholarship impact my financial aid? Yes, the student is required to report the amount of scholarship received to the Financial Aid Office. Upon notification of the amount, the Financial Aid Office will re-calculate eligibility to see if student loans need to be adjusted or returned to the U.S. Department of Education if the amount of the scholarship causes the student to exceed the annual Cost of Attendance published in the Financial Aid Office and made available to students.
Please click on links below to apply for scholarships from external agencies that the institution recommends.
External Scholarship Links
Sallie Mae Scholarships
Austin Community Foundation
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Program
American Indian College Fund
American Indian Graduate Center (AIGCS)
Benjy Grinberg Scholarship
Good Call Scholarships
Diversity Abroad Scholarship
United Negro College Fund
Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship
Marc Zboch Academic Scholarship
Nuherbs TCM Scholarships
Nancy Etz Scholarship
Chairish Scholarship Program
Do you need help with writing scholarship essays? The following search engines can help –
Scholar Snapp. https://www.scholarsnapp.org/
Writing a Winning College Scholarship Essay. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/scholarship-essays
5 Ways to Make Your Scholarship Essay Stand Out. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/ways-to-make-your-scholarship-essay-stand-out