• National Merit Scholarship:  Students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their junior year to qualify for this scholarship. The counseling office will announce sign ups and the fee for this test each year.
    • College Board Scholarship Partners:  Students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in October of their sophomore or junior year and opt in for the Scholarship Search Service to receive information about a variety of scholarships offered through organizations that partner with the College Board.
    • Academic: Based on academic excellence regardless of financial need.  These might be through the university, the department in which your major is housed, or national, state, or local organizations. 
    • Talent Based:  Athletics or Fine Arts--These might be through the university itself or other organizations.
    • Community Organizations:  ex. Rotary, Elks, Lions Club, BPW--The applications and deadlines for these scholarships are normally in the spring of the senior year.
    • Need-Based Scholarships:  Many universities or other organizations offer scholarships based on financial need.
    • Alumni Associations:  University alumni associations may offer scholarships to any incoming freshmen or freshmen who are children or grandchildren of graduates. Their criteria are often a bit lower than the university scholarship qualifications.
    • Minority or Religious Scholarships:  Some scholarships are based on race, culture, or religious membership.
    • Employer:  Some employers offer scholarships to the children of their employees.
    • Upperclassmen Scholarships:  Many universities have scholarships specifically for students after they complete their freshmen year.  Check with the scholarship office at your university for more information.
    • Transfer Students:  Transfer students with high marks may be eligible for certain scholarships.
    • Loan Forgiveness Programs:  With these types of programs, you have to meet certain criteria after graduation for the money you received as a loan to not be paid back.  For instance, many of these programs are for high need teaching areas or nursing.  You get the money but in return must work a certain number of years in a certain area or type of school in order to not have to pay back the loan.