Scholarships are by far the most requested form of financial aid. Although the class valedictorian and the record-breaking athlete may receive numerous scholarship offers, the "average" good student will need to search harder to find free offers of money.
Kutztown University Scholarships
File your FAFSA as early as possible after January 1. Priority filing deadline is March 1 in order to be considered for need-based KU scholarships. The FAFSA/Renewal FAFSA must be re-filed every year. Need is determined by the results of the FAFSA.
Non Need-Based Scholarships
Non need-based university scholarships are not tied to a filing deadline but rather are awarded based on criteria specific to the particular scholarship. For example, grade point average, major, leadership and community service are some of the criteria set by the donors to evaluate when determining the recipients of non need-based university scholarships.
For those students who have received scholarships, it is advised that he or she write a thank-you letter to the donor of the scholarship. Tips and guidance for writing the letter.
For questions about campus scholarships, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Large scholarships are most often awarded by national organizations and large corporations. Local organizations, on the other hand, usually offer scholarships for smaller amounts, but have the benefit of less competition for a student seeking to acheive a scholarship. Start your scholarship search close to home to reduce the size of your competition and to increase your chances of success. Deadlines for consideration may be as early as January for the upcoming fall semester. Here are some suggestions for scholarship opportunities in your community:
- High School Guidance Office
- Your high school guidance office is the best place to inquire about local scholarship opportunities. Many high school guidance offices can also help you identify national scholarship sources.
- Workplace of parent or student
- Churches and religious organizations
- Civic, charitable, and service organizations (Rotary Club, Lions Club, Elks, etc.)
- Local Chamber of Commerce
- Local newspapers (check the business and community service sections)
- Public Library
Books such as "The Scholarship Book," "Peterson's Guide," "Barron's Guide to Colleges and Universities" and "Don't Miss Out: The Ambitious Student's Guide to Financial Aid" provide sources to write to for scholarship information.
SunTrust is currently offering a scholarship to high school seniors.
Scholarship Search Services
Be wary of any scholarship search services that charge a fee. Many would like you to believe that there are large amounts of aid going unclaimed and that by paying them a fee, you will be guaranteed some of that money. As the old saying goes, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Even if they guarantee results "or your money back", experience has taught many families that the results are often negligible and that it is difficult, if not impossible, to get a refund. Most of these services will charge you a fee for tapping into a database that you can do on your own free of charge. The same databases are available to you on the Internet.
Helpful Links for Searching for Scholarships on the Internet:
- Berks County Community Foundation
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc
- Education Planner
- Financial Aid Resource Center
- Gates Millennium Scholars Program (For minority students)
- Hispanic College Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Latino College Dollars
- National Merit Scholarship Corporation
- Peterson's Scholarship Search
- Sallie Mae College Answer
- Scholarship Experts
- The Scholarship Page
- United Negro College Fund
The Financial Aid Office at Kutztown University does not monitor nor control the information provided on any of the websites listed.