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Both current SUNY Geneseo students and high school students thinking about attending college have a variety of resources to explore in search of outside scholarships (i.e. non-Geneseo funded) to assist them in making college more affordable. The information that follows is useful to both groups of student.
Current Geneseo students should begin their search by contacting their academic major department and contacting the Geneseo Foundation which offers several competitive scholarships to active, returning students.
High school students should begin their search with their school's guidance counselor. These professionals have knowledge of their students' academic abilities, achievements, and college goals. They may be able to help guide students toward scholarship opportunities.
In general, all students should start the scholarship search on a state & local level first before searching nationally. Your best chance of earning an outside scholarship will be through those resources closest to you. Start with your employer(s) and your parent's employer(s) for tuition benefits and scholarships. Check any clubs, memberships, unions, churches, and organizations to which you and your parents belong.
Remember, do not sell yourself short. SUNY Geneseo consistently ranks well among all colleges and universities according to several national publications. To learn more about our achievements, review our Marks of Distinction and our Latest Rankings. Therefore, if you meet the basic criteria that the scholarship has, you should submit an application. You won't know the outcome unless you apply.
Community Foundations are philanthropic organizations that serve a county or a group of counties near major cities. Citizens, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. These organizations then assist those who have needs or provide grants to support development projects. Some, but not all, community foundations will also be a source of scholarships. These organizations can be an excellent place to search; since they oftentimes restrict their scholarships to those students whose families are residents of those counties. In some cases, though, scholarships are also available to students who attend a college located within one of those counties even if the student is not a resident of the surrounding area but you will have to check the terms of the scholarship.
The Office of Financial Aid receives many scholarship announcements. We also review notifications and reports of outside scholarships earned by our current students. We use these resources to help identify outside scholarship sources that are worthy of further review and, if it seems like our students will be good candidates to apply for the scholarship, we will post links here. Please note that most, but not all, scholarship applications have deadlines between October and June.
There are a variety of Internet websites that provide a search tool to help you find scholarship opportunities. Many offer free on-line searches (for example - Fastweb Scholarships) so beware of any websites that require payment to find scholarships for you. For more information on scholarship scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Scholarship Scam page
We provide a link below to a list of a handful of the hundreds of scholarship search engines that can be found on the Internet. These websites are presented as a guide to assist your search; the Office of Financial Aid receives no benefit from listing these sites. You may want to do additional searches on the Internet to find scholarship search engines that suit you.
Keep in mind that these websites may require you to register with them so that they can use your profile to present you with scholarship opportunities that already exist or present new opportunities to you that occur later on after you have registered. In deciding which search engine(s) to use, consider the following factors: how often is their database updated, the security of your private information if you submit your profile to them, and what services they provide to their subscribers (e.g. email you when new scholarships arrive, online social networking, 24 hour service, online chat assistance, etc). They have thousands of scholarships in their databases so it is highly likely that your profile will match up to more than one scholarship offer. The possibility exists that these scholarships could be highly competitive so know the submission deadline and be sure to devote considerable care and effort into your application.
CollegeBoard - https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
Fastweb - http://www.fastweb.com/
CollegeNet - http://collegenet.com/elect/app/app
Scholarships.com - https://www.scholarships.com/about-us/
FedMoney - http://fedmoney.org/
Scholarship Experts - http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/
Fastap - http://www.fastap.org/
If you are a proud and well-deserved winner of a scholarship, no matter what the size, you need to write a thank you letter to the donor or foundation (depending on the scholarship, this may also be done via e-mail). Scholarships are not possible without the generosity of donors who are looking to help improve the lives and fortunes of others. Receiving a thank you letter from scholarship recipients is meaningful to the donors amd their relatives. It encourages them to continue their generosity knowing how well it is appreciated. These letters also give the donors the opportunity to see the impact the scholarship has made in the life of a student recipient.
Please follow the payout instructions provided by the scholarship organization. Some scholarships require certification from the school before payment can be made. Payments may be done as an electronic fund or may be a check that is co-payable to the school. Be sure to call Student Accounts at (585) 245-5621 or email them at email@example.com if you need any assistance to facilitate the payment of the scholarship. Review the scholarship information to see if it is renewable and how to apply next year.
Be aware that scholarships and/or awards may impact your previously awarded financial aid. As a result your award may be adjusted. We will send you a notification of the revision, if necessary. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (585) 245-5731.
Also, we welcome your feedback! If you have any suggestions about the information we provided or other scholarships you are aware of that would be of benefit to our students, please contact us.