Lesson – Institutional Scholarship Research Copy
Institutional scholarships are the most direct pathway to a full college scholarship. The pathway may be with merit-based scholarships or need-based scholarships and grants:
Kimberly Hadaway, a second-year at Williams College, the top ranked liberal arts college in the United States, received a need-based scholarship, common among the most selective private nonprofit institutions in the country. Kimberly was also offered full need-based scholarships to Amherst, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Princeton, and was offered a full merit-based scholarship to Washington & Lee.
Kristen Starks, a first-year at the University of Richmond, was offered full merit-based scholarships to Tuskegee, Wake Forest, and the University of Richmond, and generous need-based financial aid packages to Williams, Duke, and Swarthmore.
Otis Burns, a first generation and first-year at Northeastern University, was offered full need-based scholarships to Northeastern University and to Emory and Henry.
Damian Lee, a first generation and first-year Northeastern University, was offered full need-based scholarships to Northeastern University and to Bates College, in addition to a $25,000 SallieMae Bridging the Dream Scholarship, which he was able to defer for graduate school.
Brenna Kaplan, applied Early Decision to Amherst College, because she knew that the college and their need-based financial aid policy (resulting in a full scholarship) was the right match.
While each of these students, applied for, and received private scholarships, private scholarships made up less than 1 percent of their total scholarship funds.
Lesson: Research. Since largest amount of financial aid will come from institutional scholarships and grants, unquestionably, the most important part of the college planning process is to match your student profile to the college to which you qualify for the greatest amount of financial aid.
- As you work through this unit, add any institutional scholarships for which you qualify to the table on the ‘Module 9 – Narrative: Institutional Scholarship Research’ page of your narrative document.
- Identify specific colleges. Begin researching institutional scholarships offered by the colleges currently reflected on your College List by placing the name of the college into the following phrase, “Texas College Scholarships.” For example, Texas College offers a full tuition scholarship to students with a 3.8 GPA and ACT score of 23.
- Research Institutional Scholarships. Use your student profile to expand your research of institutional scholarships, which may expand your College List. Following are examples of how to identify institutional scholarships based on your student profile:
- “Institutional scholarships for undocumented students”: New York University
- “Institutional scholarships for african american students”: Florida A&M University listing of 62 scholarship sources
- “Institutional scholarships for hispanic students”: Molloy College Encarnacion Amor Verde Scholarship for partial to full tuition.
- “Institutional scholarships for asian students”: Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarships Fund
- “Institutional scholarships for native american students”: University of New Mexico scholarships for 3.0 GPA and ACT Score of 22
- “Institutional scholarships for low-income students”: Carolina Covenant Scholars Program
- “Institutional scholarships for international students”: Scholars 4 Dev provides a listing of U.S. Government-based scholarships and scholarships offered by a broad range of U.S. colleges and universities to international students
- “Institutional scholarships at south carolina colleges and universities”: South Carolina State University
- “Institutional scholarships for military dependents”: Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
- Tuition-free Schools. Performing an Internet search on the phrase, “tuition-free colleges” will yield results of colleges offering tuition-free programs (https://affordableschools.net/20-tuition-free-colleges/).