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    On this page, you will find a printable list of available local/national scholarships to which students can apply. This list also includes scholarship programs for minority and/or undocumented students, a "Before-You-Apply" checklist, and additional resources. Below that, you will find a list of trustworthy scholarship search engines. These lists are not comprehensive! You will want to check your CCC Team and student e-mails often for the latest scholarship information, including local/school-specific scholarships and their deadlines.

    Additionally, you can find local and national scholarships on your Xello profile if you are a junior or senior. To do this,

      1. Log into your Xello profile.
      2. Click on the "College Planning" link under the Goals & Plans section.
      3. Scroll down and click on the "Search for Local Scholarships" button under the Local Scholarships section.

    There, you will find more information on how to apply for various local, state, and national scholarships! *Note, this feature is for presently for juniors and seniors only.*


    Avoid Scholarship SCAMS

    There are tons of resources for FREE money, but always make sure it is from a trusted source to AVOID SCAMS. If you must pay to apply for scholarships, please verify with a school or trusted adult before proceeding with the scholarship application as this is a red flag.


    Tips for Scholarships 


    A “Before-You-Apply” Checklist

    Many scholarships require you to report lots of information. Before you apply for scholarships, have handy the following items so the process goes as quickly as possible:

    • A transcript – While completing applications, you may be asked to type in your grades since you have been in high school. Having your transcript nearby will help you fill in this information quickly. You can access your transcript by e-mailing Mrs. Schmeidler  at rschmeidler1@usd259.net  
    • A school profile – You may need this to answer several questions about your school such as your school code (North’s code is 173207), as well as the number of AP, IB and Honors classes your school provides. If needed, see Mrs. Schmeidler for a copy of the school profile.
    • A list of school and non-school related clubs and organizations – Include any leadership positions earned since freshman year plus any awards and honors that you have received.
    • A list of volunteer organizations – Include the number of hours served with each organization since freshman year plus any awards and honors that you have received.
    • Two letters of recommendation – Many scholarships require you to submit one or two letters of recommendation. Identify two adults in your life who can write about your character strengths. It looks good if you have one teacher/counselor/CCC/administrator as well as one individual from outside of school (i.e., your boss, your volunteer supervisor, your pastor, etc.).
    • Family Income – Some need-based scholarships will ask you to include information about your family’s income. This is to help determine your “need” for certain scholarships.
    • Personal Statements/Essays – Often times, scholarship applications will as ask you to write about your goals, a leadership experience you have had, and/or what has motivated you to pursue a college degree. Spend some time typing up about 500 words for each of these potential prompts. You’ll thank yourself later.