Scholarships And Grants Await Those Who Want To Further Their Education!
So you’re a bright young high school student with ambitions to be a scientist or enter into some other technological profession. Your grades make you a top candidate. At the same time, you’ll be in over your head in student loans before graduating. You’ve heard about Pell grants and state aid, but may be wondering what other sources of financial aid are out there.
The fact is the country is in the middle of a shortage of engineers of many, many stripes. As the measure of a nation to sustain itself is largely based on the number of technical people it can support, a number of agencies have come in to help the colleges, both online and on campus, produce more Bachelors of Science, engineers being a major part of the equation. If you need more information about grants for college, look on the internet.
Financial aid candidates looking for grants and scholarships should start by sitting down with a college’s financial aid officer. Whether it’s an online college or on campus, every school has a small army of them. It’s part of his/her job is to stay abreast of all these new programs. Not that it doesn’t hurt to also do one’s own research. A quick scan of Google or any other search engine will show there are a number of sources they might never have heard of. These sources include:
(1) Pell Grant – Obvious, but not to be ignored. At the moment, this federal grant is capable of supplying up to $5,350 towards going to college. What’s required is obtaining either one’s own or parent’s financial records, filling out a FASFA form, and then wait for response. While you’re at it, don’t forget the state you reside in. The funds from most of their lotteries are supposed to go towards financing education. Make sure they do.
(2) S-STEM Scholarship – This program was created by the Federal government specifically to help students get their Associate’s, Bachelors and even their Masters of Science degree. As of 2009, it awards one hundred students anywhere from $100,000 to $600,000, based on both academics and need. To find out more about this program, one should contact the National Science Foundation or the web site Grants.gov. There is an abundance of information about government grants on the web.
(3) Corporate Scholarships – When you think about it, it’s in their best interest to sponsor these programs. It’s a great way to recruit their future superstars. In this case, one should look up the SIC of the industry you’re interested in, and then look up the corporations they correspond to. From there, go on their web sites. You’ll be hard pressed to find a company that doesn’t have some program already in place.
(4) Professional Organizations – Every vocation has its society or professional organization. In turn, they almost always have some sort of scholarship program. It’s a good way of maintaining the ranks. Some of them include such august operations as the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
In total, with a little work, a student can find more than enough leads, such as Pell Grants, for financial assistance. With a bit of patience and persistence, getting the needed financial aid is obtainable.