WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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involvements serve as their application. Other times, high schools can open the door by nomi- nating students for specific scholarships. Davidson College, for example, encourages high schools to nominate outstanding students who demonstrate "academic excellence and purpose- ful engagement in the classroom, with student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts" for their Belk Scholarship Program. Talking with a college counselor is a fruitful place for students to begin to sort through the myr- iad scholarships out there. (Googling "scholarships" renders more than seven million responses.) Years of on the job experience provides them with unique insight into which schools, companies, and foundations offer merit grants and for what reason. Reaching out directly to schools that a student is interested in attending can also be useful. University of Colorado Boulder, for example, provides a scholarship resource hub for current and prospective students. Several online directories exist that execute free customized scholarship searches for stu- dents. Among them are StudentScholarshipSearch.com (part of Edvisors), Scholarships.com, Niche (formerly College Prowler), Big Future (by The College Board, the same folks that brought us the SAT), and Fast Web. These sites do not award scholarships, nor assist in the application process, but they do help locate relevant scholarships and provide contact informa- tion. Here's a tip: Results can be greatly enhanced by filling out all the optional questions in the scholarship profiles. Making the Match There are many scholarships out there, and even the most outstanding students will not be eli- gible for all of them. The key is to carefully examine qualification criteria upfront to determine if there is a solid fit. It is also important to weigh the size of the potential award and the requirements that may accompany it. Sports scholarships, for example, include expectations for athletic and academic performance. Students recruited for their community service efforts are likely to be expected to continue pursuing this interest on campus. It is also important to 173 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e M E D I A B A K E R Y

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