The ultimate guide to scholarships for Delaware students

The Delaware Higher Education Office is pleased to bring you the 2016-17 edition of the Delaware Scholarship Compendium: A Guide for College-Bound Students.

This is the ultimate guide for Delaware students looking for scholarships and programs to offset the cost of college. Consider scholarships as gifts that you don’t need to pay back. They’re available for all students, not just for those who receive good grades.

Your goal should be to try to get as many scholarships as possible. Just follow these three steps to help you take advantage of the many scholarships available to you.

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Identify scholarships that reflect your needs and strengths.

First, check the opportunities for Delaware residents, and apply for scholarships that you may qualify for. Delaware offers many opportunities for students to receive tuition assistance for college. You will need to have completed your FAFSA in order to be considered for any Delaware scholarships (see Step 2).

You can also search for scholarships based on a variety of categories, such as county, financial need, profession or major, or race. We’ve also included categories like contests that involve creating videos or writing essays.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Filling out the FAFSA will give you an idea of whether you are eligible for need-based financial aid. You’ll need to fill it out anyway for certain programs and aid. You do not need to pay to do your FAFSA.  You can access the FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016 and should submit it prior to March 15 to maximize your opportunity to receive aid.

If you’re not ready to file a FAFSA, you can use FAFSA4caster to estimate your federal student aid.

Apply to the scholarships that appeal to you and note the deadlines.

You need to read each scholarship listing carefully and pay attention to details and requirements. Take special note of the deadlines, and organize your selected scholarships by deadline so that you don’t miss any. As a requirement, some scholarship managers will ask that you contact them directly for an application. Others make the application available online for easy download. Gather all applications as soon as possible.

Most scholarship managers ask for an essay in addition to a standard application. If you’re unsure about how to develop your essay, get help from a teacher or counselor. Give yourself plenty of time to pull together all the required elements for the application.

Look for specific scholarships

The Delaware Scholarship Compendium is brought to you by the Delaware Department of Education’s Higher Education Office.