For seniors, second semester is usually a time to destress, sit back, and relax, and do all of the twenty activities Natalie lists in her article, “What to Do While: Waiting for Admissions Decisions.” And that’s perfectly okay. Taking a break is crucial for your mental and physical health, but the application process isn’t exactly over yet. Not for scholarships. In fact, it’s just the beginning.
It’s tempting to just spend the entire semester relaxing and filling out more forms just causes higher stress levels. But it’s free money. FREE MONEY. Who doesn’t like free money? And judging by the high tuition and staggering costs of dorming or on-campus housing, the majority of us will most likely be more stressed out in college and join the millions of broke college students who need all the free money they can get without collapsing from the exhaustion of studying and working.
Work hard now so that you can play hard, because it turns out that playing hard is usually only possible when you aren’t crippled with constant anxiety about your financial status and your ability to pay for your extremely expensive education. The stress of filling out more applications, this time for money, pales in comparison. Here are some scholarships (with deadlines coming up) that would make college, even if it’s just a little, less extremely expensive.
- CHEN Foundation Scholarship Program: Awards 10 $2,000 scholarships to seniors who plan on attending a Cal State university or community college for their first year in the fall. Other criteria must be met and is listed here, where you can also apply: http://apcf.org/2016-chen-foundation-scholarship-program. Deadline: February 29
- Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan: For students who plan to spend four years as a UC undergraduate. By filling out the FAFSA/CA Dream Act by March 2, students with a family income lower than $80,000 are eligible to have their tuition and fees paid for. More criteria and information are listed here: http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/glossary/blue-and-gold/ Deadline: March 2
- The Garden Grove Education Association Scholarship: Awards $2,000 scholarships to six deserving seniors from GGUSD. See your counselor for details or visit ggea.org to download an application. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline: March 7
- GGHS Alumni Association Scholarship: Awards 3 $500 scholarships, 2 $750 scholarships, and 2 $1,000 scholarships. Each scholarship applicant must fulfill certain criteria that you can find through this link: http://gghsalumni.org/scholarshipcriteria/. Turn in applications into the Main Office. Deadline: April 29
More upcoming scholarships can be found on the school website by clicking Scholarships and Financial Aid underneath the Guidance tab.