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10 Common Mistakes Made on the FAFSA
Students and their families can begin filling out the federal form as early as Oct. 1.
For families completing the FAFSA, here are 10 common mistakes to avoid.
How to Help Your Child Navigate the College Search
Parents should be consultants, not directors, in the college search process.
Establish an LSHS Scholarship
Any scholarship donors interested in establishing a scholarship for LSHS students, please contact Heather Allen in Student Services. In order to be an LSHS academic scholarship, the award must be offered to all seniors at LSHS. All scholarships must be established by the end of January for that school year, monies are due in March of each year. Scholarship recipients are chosen and recognized in May at the Senior Awards Program.
LSHS Student Services; Heather Allen email@example.com #952-232-3330.
Tips For Submitting A Successful Scholarship Application
- START EARLY. Don’t wait until the last minute to complete the application.
- PROOFREAD your application, type or write in INK (not pencil).
- DON’T PROCRASTINATE. Deadlines are final. Your application will not be considered if it is late.
- TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your application. Keep a copy of your application for your records.
For Outside Scholarships:
Bring the ENTIRE, completed application; sealed letters of recommendation, essays, the Dean forms needing signatures/information, and a stamped envelope, addressed to the scholarship donor to Heather Allen in the Student Services office to mail the completed form to the donor as required. If letters of recommendation are required, inform all individuals of your intentions 2 weeks prior to the due date. Provide each individual an addressed and stamped envelope. Give individuals a completed Student Information Form for use while completing the Recommendation letter. Follow the directions from the application for how to submit the letters.
Letters of Recommendation Form
How to request a Transcript to go with a Scholarship Application
Some scholarship organizations use Parchment for sending transcripts; however, most organizations prefer a printed version. When a printed/official version is needed for scholarship applications please follow the instructions below:
- Bring in an envelope addressed to the scholarship organization with proper postage on it (do not put a return address on the envelope).
- Leave the transcript information on the scholarship application blank. Students Services is required to fill out class ranks, cumulative grade point average & ACT scores.
There is no cost to process the official scholarship transcript. For questions regarding scholarship applications and transcripts, please contact Heather.Allen@isd194.org or 952-232-3330
How Do I Find Scholarships for College? (U.S. News)
Students should start their search with local scholarships, since these awards are often less competitive, experts say. But it’s still important to sign up with a few national scholarship database websites.
“But don’t do 20 of those because you’ll end up overwhelmed because they send out so many emails,” Matthews says.
Different types of national scholarships are listed on database search websites, including Fastweb.com, Cappex.com and Unigo.com.
Learn About Scholarship Scams (and how to avoid them)
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- How to Avoid Top Scams
Lakeville South Local Senior Scholarship
The Lakeville South Local Senior Scholarship Application is open. Applications are due by 3pm, March 12, 2021. Recipients will be notified by mail in April and will be invited to attend the Lakeville South Local Scholarship Awards Night on May 17, 2021.
To be directed to the applications click on this link: Lakeville South Local Scholarships
DISCLAIMER: The listings below are not endorsed by Lakeville South High School. The information provided in this section is for informational purposes only. It is the responsibility of the student to verify all information related to the scholarship application, including any requirements and related deadlines.
Outside Scholarship Opportunities- listed by due date:
* ACT Scholarship Giveaway!
Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT® test between 9.3.2019 and 6.26.2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win. It’s that easy! No purchase or ACT registration necessary.
* Multiple Business Degree scholarship Opportunities: https://www.discoverbusiness.us/education/schools/us/minnesota/
* Multiple Scholarship Opportunities: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
* Multiple Educator Scholarship Opportunities: https://teachearlychildhood.org/scholarships/
Chipotle reimburses the student enrollment of its employees up to $5,250, the IRS limit. In addition, employees can reimburse the tuition costs of two- and four-year universities, as well as technology and vocational schools.
MCIS (Minnesota Career Information System) Scholarships
Students at LSHS may access the MCIS scholarships that are available from around the state. Most students already have an MCIS personal account through LSHS. If not, please come to the LSHS Career Center to set up an account r email Mrs. Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Once on the MCIS website, hover over “Education” and select the “Scholarships” listed. There you will find many scholarships being awarded throughout the school year in Minnesota.
No Closing Date- Archways to Opportunity
McDonald’s employees may be eligible for Tuition Assistance.
March 15, 2021- Citizen’s Bank Minnesota Scholarship
Citizen’s Bank Minnesota awards 6 scholarships. 1 – $1,000 scholarship that may be renewed for an additional three years, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance and maintaining full-time enrollment. 3 – $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. 2 – $500 non-renewable scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors, who plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four year or two year college or university in the fall following graduation. Requirements include that the student be a customer of Citizens with an open and active checking account. The applicant must also complete the required educational banking videos and questionnaires before applications are distributed.
March 20, 2021- Burnsville Women of Today 2020-2021 Service Scholarship
The Burnsville Women of Today is a dynamic and diverse women’s organization interested in the betterment of our community. Our mission is to help women improve their lives and the lives of the people in the communities around them through service, personal growth and friendship.Application
March 31, 2021- Lakeville Chamber Foundation Scholarship
Applicant must be a high-school senior in the Lakeville Area School District, ISD 194. Applicant must be planning to attend a trade, technical school, or college in pursuit of a 2-year certification or 4-year degree in STEM. Scholarships will be awarded in May of the same year.
March 31, 2021- Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Scholarship
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs provides scholarships up to $3,500 for students pursuing degrees that will lead to manufacturing careers.
April 1, 2021- Alyssa Ettl Scholarship
The Alyssa Ettl Memorial
April 1, 2021- Page Grant
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: To apply for a Page Grant, an applicant must be:
- A student of color (Black African American, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Islander, or Latino/a or Hispanic.)
- A graduate of a Minnesota high school.
- Enrolled in an accredited Minnesota post-secondary educational institution.
- Register and maintain full-time status throughout the academic year they are awarded the grant in order to remain eligible.
April 2, 2021- Albert C. Laxson Scholarship
The Laxson Scholarship Fund provides scholarship grants to economically disadvantaged high school students. The scholarships are directed towards high school seniors. Candidates must display academic promise, leadership qualities, financial need, and embody the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Any resident of the Twin Cities YMCA service area, regardless of race, religion, or sex, will qualify as an applicant provided they are a graduating senior from an accredited high school or has achieved equivalent certification. Please note that applicants’ YMCA involvement will be a focus area for the selection committee.
Scholarships are at least $500 annually and may be renewed.Application
April 5, 2021 – Prime Mailbox Women in STEM Scholarship
While women make up almost 50% of the labor market, they hold only 28% of STEM jobs. Minority women are even less represented in STEM, making up just 1 out of every 20 scientist and engineer jobs.
Prime Mailboxes is hoping to inspire more young women to consider a STEM career. The Prime Mailbox Women in STEM Scholarship will award $675 to female students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, or math.
- Eligibility: Female students pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, or math
April 15, 2021- Dave Oswald Homes Scholarship
One $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to one young man and one young woman each Spring. Submit an essay (500 word maximum) on “What it Takes to be a Great Leader and Why it’s Important to You”Information and Instructions
April 15, 2021- LA FRA Scholarship Program
Applicant must be the child or grandchild of a Naval, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard service member, active Fleet Reserve, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, or Coast Guard Reserve, who is retired with pay or deceased.
LA FRA Education Foundation makes scholarship applications available from 1 September thru 15 April each year for the following school year.
June 1, 2021- Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship
The Elevate Mental Health Awareness Scholarship is dedicated to Sherise Rosser, a wonderful woman who taught her son the power of authenticity, belief, and compassion.
This scholarship was created to inspire greater awareness about mental health and fuel innovative solutions that will help the millions of people who are suffering.
When we bring the darkness to light, it will slowly fade.
- Must be a current high school or college student
- Must have personally experiences challenges with mental health or have had people close to them who have experienced mental health challenges
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent legal resident
- All GPSs will be considered
- All majors are encouraged to apply
July 1, 2021- WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Scholarship
The WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship exists to support the dreams and aspirations of LGBTQ+ youth across the country. The scholarship is open to students who identify as a member of this community.
- Scholarship Name: WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship
- Eligibility: Students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community
- Amount: $500
- Application Deadline: 7/1/21
- Link: https://www.wisegeek.com/
Class of 2022- September 30, 2021- Future Web Developers Scholarship
A grant of $1,000 will be awarded each year to an applicant based on the following criteria: academic excellence as exemplified by GPA, civic involvement, extracurricular activities, and a written essay not to exceed 1,000 words.
Do not pay to search a scholarship database. As a general rule, the free scholarship matching sites are better than the fee-based scholarship search services. The free scholarship matching services update their scholarship databases more frequently and tend to have a tighter, more precise match.
Please log on to www.ApplyingToSchool.com to familiarize yourself with this free service. You can register as early as 9th grade. Scholarship application available online.
Aviation Colleges, Flight Training Schools, Aviation Scholarships – AvScholars.com
National Business Aviation Association Scholarships- NBAA.org
Cappex- Scholarship Search
College Board Scholarship Search
Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Enter as much information as possible to find the most matches. Scholarship information is based on the College Board’s Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs
You can earn money by writing on topics in ways that persuade others to vote for you. And by voting, you can exercise control applying your judgment and values towards the collective choice of winners.
While this site features information on the entire college p.reparation process, it is sponsored by a credit union and its financial information features are especially strong.
Click here for more resources.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Discover Colleges – Private College Scholarship Drawing
Simply log onto www.discovercolleges.com to request information and automatically be entered in the $2,500.00 scholarship drawing.
Amount: Varies. Hundreds of scholarships available. Criteria: Seniors, Interested in Nursing, Other criteria varies by scholarship. http://www.discovernursing.com/scholarships#no-filter
Scholarships and Grants for African American Students. Link for multiple Scholarships and Grants.
Fastweb is your connection to scholarships, colleges, financial aid and more. https://www.fastweb.com/
One app for all your scholarships. Link for multiple scholarships
Comprehensive merit aid scholarship database. www.meritaid.com
Minnesota Jobs.com Scholarship Program
The MINNESOTAJOBS.COM Scholarship is available to all students currently enrolled or have been accepted to and are planning to enroll in an accredited 2 year or 4 year program offered by a Minnesota School. Minnesota Jobs award a $1000 scholarship each Sept., Dec., March, and June. Applicants must be enrolled and accepted into a 2 or 4 year college program at a MN accredited school. Requirements are listed on their website under the scholarship section. For more information and application visit: minnesotajobs.com/scholarships
Peterson’s Scholarship Finder
Comprehensive site from Peterson’s offers articles on many financial aid topics.
Quest Scholars Program
Outstanding low-income students access to top-tier educational opportunities. www.questbridge.org
Whether you’re a high school student, college student, nontraditional or adult-learner, complete a free profile then get matched to scholarships and grants you’re qualified for from colleges, universities, organizations, foundations, corporations, government & more. www.scholarships.com
This website is a great resource for locating scholarships.
Scholarship Monkey- A search engine for just scholarships
Search for scholarships and grants.
Top 33 Minnesota School Scholarships
Minnesota has almost 200 colleges, universities, and technical schools for students to choose from. Students can find virtually any program or major imaginable at a Minnesota school. However, tuition at most institutions is not cheap, and many students have to take on thousands of dollars in debt to afford their education.
Fortunately, students can apply for the many grants and scholarships that are available in Minnesota. These scholarships are provided by businesses, organizations, and educational institutions, and they can make paying for college much less stressful.
UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to students attending more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 HBCUs.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Chancellor’s Scholarship For Diversity Leadership
Graduating seniors planning to attend UW-Milwaukee in the fall; historically underrepresented students demonstrating outstanding academic achievement and leadership. AMOUNT: Full-ride renewable scholarship includes tuition, residence halls, books and expenses. Application:www.scholarships.uwm.edu
UPS Earn & Learn Program/Scholarships
United Parcel Services (UPS) has paid out more the $47 million in college education assistance, including tuition and other qualifying expenses, helping more than 30,000 UPS employees attend college. Through UPS Earn and Learn Program, students are able to work part time and earn as much as $30,000/year in college education assistance. For more on the scholarships visit: http://www.community.ups.com/Education/Available+Scholarships
Scholarship Websites & Resources
- Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMSP)
- Imagine America Foundation
- National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
- Nationally Coveted College Scholarships
According to the Institute for College Access & Success, the average student debt for college graduates continues to climb but at a slower pace. Nationally, about two in three (65 percent) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2018 had student loan debt. These borrowers owed an average of $29,200, 2 percent higher than the 2017 average.
AffordableColleges.com’s Affordability Center was established to provide students with the information and knowledge they need to finance their education without staggering debt. Here you will find the resources and guides compiled by our expert research team that will show you how you can make your college education affordable. Website