Scholarships are available for a variety of reasons, including academic achievement, talent, participation, college major, background, or geographic location. The best part of scholarships is THEY DON'T NEED TO BE REPAID!
Qualifications, amounts, and application processes for scholarships differ depending on the scholarship. Most of the time, each scholarship requires its own application separate from the FAFSA, and may also require an essay and/or letters of recommendation. You should research and apply for all scholarships you may qualify for. The first step we recommend is that you complete the FAFSA, as some scholarship donors use it to determine eligibility for need-based awards.
As part of your Financial Aid Award, FSU must include all funding resources such as scholarships. If you receive funds that are not listed on your financial aid awards, you must notify the Office of Financial Aid immediately to avoid being over-awarded and having to pay back money to the school.
Please note: If CARE becomes aware any scholarships through the institution or private donors the information will be posted to the CARE Newsletter and will be open to any student who is eligible. Be sure to check the newsletter every Monday for updates so you don't miss out on any scholarship opportunities.
- Florida Bright Futures
- Office of Financial Aid Scholarships
- Study Abroad Scholarships
- Scholarship Searches
Tips for applying for Scholarships
Awards can be based on merit, financial need, program of study or other factors as determined by the donor.
- Be aware of potential scholarship scams. Remember, applying for scholarships is FREE!
- Set aside ample time to complete the applications. Prepare and be thorough.
- Revisit scholarship search engines often and keep your information current.
- Read the application criteria carefully to be sure you are eligible to apply.
- Create a calendar of deadline dates.
- Communicate now with potential references.
- Prepare a statement of purpose, resume, or personal statement for potential references.
- Use a clear and professional e-mail address.
- Do not be afraid to write an essay. You may be able to use it for multiple applications.
- Make sure to write a Thank You Letter when you are awarded a scholarship.
- If you are awarded a scholarship, be sure to follow the guidelines to retain it, such as enrollment requirements.
- Most scholarships do not require repayment, although some may need to be repaid if the student does not follow the guidelines of the scholarship.
How to Write a Thank You Letter
Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who unselfishly give to support the educational endeavors of students like you. They typically ask for nothing in return, but receiving a well-written thank you letter lets the donor know that his or her scholarship was greatly appreciated. Your letter reminds them why they gave in the first place and often helps secure continuing gifts for future students.
Thank You Letter Tips
- Write clearly and concisely
- Double-check for typos and grammatical errors
- Be sincere
- Express enthusiasm
- Send in typewritten, business format
- Use quality paper
Review the CARE Tips Sheet for how to write a Thank You Letter for scholarships!