General information regarding scholarships.

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What different types of scholarships are there?

There are a variety of different types of scholarships, available from both WWCC and external sources. Most scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and some are also based on financial need.

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How do I qualify for Merit-based scholarships?

Merit-based scholarships are based on prior academic performance. Other criteria may include leadership, involvement in activities, geographical background, ethnic background, intended major, and career goals. Pay special attention to the eligibility requirements and selection criteria for each scholarship.

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How do I qualify for Need-based scholarships?

To be eligible for need-based scholarships at CC, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  or the Renewal FAFSA. The government uses this form to calculate an estimated family contribution (EFC). The financial aid office subtracts your EFC from your cost of attendance to determine your financial need. If you are determined to have financial need, you may be eligible for some need-based scholarships.

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Typically, what are the deadlines for scholarships?

For information on this topic, please contact the source of the scholarship in addition to the Office of Financial Aid.

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Where do I start?

HERE! Check out the information in the WWCC Scholarship links or visit the financial aid office. It takes a lot of work to get scholarships, but the reward is well worth the time.

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What effect will outside scholarships have on my financial aid package?

If you have earned any outside scholarship funds, you are required to notify the financial aid office so the information can be used in calculating your award package. If WWCC has met 100 percent of your demonstrated need and subsequently you receive an outside scholarship, one or more of your financial aid sources may need to be adjusted. Loan assistance is adjusted first, wherever possible.

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Do you have any tips for applying for scholarships?

    1. Pay close attention to scholarship application deadlines. Use a calendar, make a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Applications submitted past the deadline are usually not considered.
    2. Gather application materials early — give yourself plenty of time to complete each step. Applications that have been rushed look sloppy and incomplete applications probably won't be accepted.
    3. Don't ignore small awards. Even these can add up!
    4. Prepare your resume and keep it updated- this is a good way to outline your thoughts and show your activities and achievements.
    5. Think carefully about who should write your letters of recommendation. Choose people who can be specific about your strengths as well as your ability to overcome your weaknesses.
    6. In your essays, let your personality shine through. Present your ideas in a focused, thoughtful and meaningful manner. Write in a natural style and support your ideas with specific examples.
    7. Proofread your essays and applications. Ask friends, teachers or parents for feedback. Errors or poor writing skills will have a negative effect.
    8. Keep a copy of everything you submit!
    9. If you are notified that you have received a scholarship made possible by a specific donor, send a thank-you note to the donor. Also, if appropriate, keep the donor informed of your progress