In addition to federal, state and institutional aid, students may be awarded a private scholarship. Private scholarships are awarded independently from the College and can be an excellent way for students to help fund their education. Scholarships may come from a high school awards night, or as a result of an individual search. Students should search through different local organizations, their guidance office, and on the Internet for private scholarships. Although the internet is a great resource, students should be cautioned against web based scholarship search companies that charge fees for searches.
When a student has been awarded a private scholarship, a copy of the award should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. The private scholarship will be added to the student's Financial Aid Award and be disbursed to the student's account when the funds arrive. A private scholarship will only change the Financial Aid Award if all of the student's demonstrated need has been met. It is important to note any responsibilities the student may have to complete in order for the funds to be released to the college. This often means sending a copy of first semeters grades along with a copy of second semesters bill to the scholarship organization. Certain private scholarships require the Financial Aid Office to complete scholarship eligibility forms, which need to be submitted to the scholarship organization. In order to have funds available in a timely fashion, it is important to meet all required procedures of the funding organization.
The following are a few suggested scholarships and scholarship searches.
The Yawkey Scholars Program (For Incoming Freshman Only)
- Free Scholarship Searches
- Student are encourage to use Web resources to help them find scholarships. Here are a few sites that may assist you (Mount Ida has no affliation with these sites).
- Scholarship Scams
- Students searching for scholarships should use caution before giving out their personal information. Never pay money to apply for a scholarship, and always keep track of who contacts you. If you have questions about a scholarship, call the organization and speak to the scholarship coordinator. The Mount Ida Financial Aid Office may be able to give you guidance on scholarships in general, but for specifics, try going straight to the source. High school guidance and/or college counselors may also be able to point you to scholarship resources to help you fund your education.
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