|Lenny Merkin, 2016 Become your Own Dream Recipient|
Don't let finances keep you from college. In a world of various financial aid sources (approximately 125 million hits on Google for “college financial aid”), the following list is a focused starting point. With your time and effort to do the research--and wrestlers are really good at time and effort--college is in your future!
**The “Financial Aid & Scholarships” page on NYC Department of Education provides a great place to begin. It provides guidance to available resources and some specifically highlighted scholarships.**
|Nathaneal Rose, 2015 Become your Own Dream Recipient|
■ Become Your Own Dream This BTSNY-affiliated scholarship is a one-year award that goes to help a New York City student-athlete who has overcome hardship, will graduate from a high school in New York City, and has an intent to wrestle in college.
■ TheDream.US “The City University of New York (CUNY) is excited to partner with TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for DREAMers across the nation. DREAMers who are first-time college students or community college graduates at CUNY and who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approval could be eligible for college scholarships of up to $25,000 to help cover tuition for two-year or four-year degrees.”
■ Foot Locker Scholar Athletes “The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. Whether you're the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you've cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you.”
■ The Roger Williams University Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Program & Scholarship (ILAPS) Roger Williams University, a private university in Bristol, Rhode Island, offers a Division III wrestling program and this great scholarship opportunity. The application deadline is February 1st.
While finaid.org is an extremely helpful website in and of itself, its page called “Other Scholarship Searches” is especially helpful. Why? This page is telling you to use more than one large scholarship database because:
It will take you only a few minutes to search each database, and you can then be certain that you've found all the scholarships for which you qualify. You'll notice a significant amount of overlap among the databases-- they all use similar methods to compile their listings-- but each database includes a few awards not listed in others. (Emphasis added).
The list on this page is categorized and presents over a dozen databases, all of which are free to access and use.
The following is a list of three search engines (specifically listed by FinAid as “Highest Quality Free Scholarship Search Sites”) that can be used to help find scholarships. You can input specific information to find scholarships that would most apply to you.
We highly recommend that you create an account and/or profile with at least one of these databases.
1. College Board’s BigFuture On the Scholarship Search page, there are four fields (“Personal Information,” “Academic Information,” “Type of Award,” and “Affiliation Information”) you can complete in order to create a personalized scholarships list once you click on “See Results.” Create an account with College Board in order to save your searches.
|Konstantin Parfiryev, 2014 Become your Own Dream Recipient|
There is also a search bar to find scholarships by name. The general College Board’s BigFuture has a wealth of information for anything college related (sections are called “Get Started,” “Find Colleges,” “Explore Careers,” “Pay for College," “Get In," “Make a Plan”).
2. FastWeb It is necessary to create a free profile with FastWeb in order to access its resources. Once this is done, a database of more than 1.5 million scholarships will be available to search. After a “Targeted Scholarships” search is completed by the student, lists of potential scholarships can be organized and managed.
Outside of this “Targeted Scholarships” search, resources for college research, financial aid, and career planning are also available on FastWeb.
3. Scholarships.com While this website has additional information related to colleges, its main focus is on the varied aspects and categories of scholarships. Again, create an account here in order to be matched to potential scholarships and to be able to use everything this website offers. Sign up here.
The U.S. Department of Education "Student Loans" Page directs you to the Free Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) website , but also contains other helpful information, such as eligibility for aid and estimates of aid, for example. The information here is direct from the source, so please explore these websites. FAFSA is a free application for college aid from the government, so it is highly recommended that all prospective college students apply.
Understanding FAFSA is exactly how it sounds-- they provide a PDF guide to understand the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The PDF is available is English and Spanish. The Spanish PDF is titled La guia completa para estudiantes de secundaria (y los adultos que ayudan) FAF$A