November is National Scholarship Month
Last year, St. Thomas students were awarded over $2.3 million in outside scholarships offered by civic organizations, community foundations, local companies, etc.
Here are some tips to help your student find scholarships:
Talk with your student about setting manageable goals: Students are busy and get overwhelmed easily by the scholarship search process. While most deadlines for private scholarships will fall between the months of December and May, there are scholarships that students can apply for all year. Students should try to spend a budgeted amount of time each week researching and applying for scholarships. If students can make looking for scholarships a habit, they will increase their chances of receiving one.
Sign up for Salt®: St. Thomas students can sign up for Salt for free by visiting www.saltmoney.org/stthomas. Salt is an online service that offers unbiased advice, money management resources, and exclusive scholarship search tools.
$cholartips e-Newsletter: Every other month during the school year, the Financial Aid Office aggregates scholarship information from outside sources and emails those opportunities to your student. Scholartips provides students with:
- Basic information needed to determine if they are a good candidate for the scholarship
- Links to more information about scholarships listed
- Access to archived issues
Check out scholarships related to majors: Once your student has declared a major (usually during sophomore year) they may be able to apply for a departmental scholarship. Students should talk with their faculty advisor about major-specific scholarship opportunities.
We also offer other online resources, including a catalog of scholarships available to current St. Thomas students, tips for your scholarship search and links to websites offering free scholarship search tools.