Are you a high school student who is looking for a grant? Or maybe you know a high school student who could really use some extra money in order to help fund education programs including monies that can be used to help them be able to afford attending a college, university or technical school in order to further their education.
Grants are free money. That means that unlike loans they don’t have to be paid back. The thing is, most grants for high school students include some specific requirements such as the student keeping up a certain level of grades, go to certain kinds of summer camps, or attend a specific college in order to qualify for the monies.
If you are looking for grants you need a place to start, and the internet provides you with an excellent tool for this. You can narrow down your search by typing in specifics such as your interests or the kinds of courses that you are looking at taking in college.
Applying for Grants
When you find grants available you will want to make sure that you pay attention to the details. In the fine print you will find all the information you need to apply for the grant including the requirements (age, year of school, planned college courses, grade point average etc.) as well as the deadlines for turning in the applications. You need to make sure that you follow the directions on the applications exactly.
Types of Grants Available
There are a number of different kinds of grants available for high school students, depending on your interests. From the MIT InvenTeams which offers grants to groups of high school students as well as their teachers; $10,000 per team in order to come up with technological solutions for problems that affect the planet at large. While this might not be specific money for individuals, it enables you to do research that will look excellent on your college transcripts.
Another kind of grant comes from The Dell Scholars Program. If you meet the qualifications of this award you can be eligible for up to $20,000 to be used in furthering their education.
If you qualify as a minority student there are also a number of opportunities available to you. Take the Ron Brown Scholar Program which enables you to get up to $40,000 over four years of college ($10,000 per year) if you are an African-American student. Another type is through The Hispanic Scholarship Fund that helps worthy Hispanic students attend college.
And don’t rule out local opportunities. If you check your local Chamber of Commerce you will find lists of organizations that provide grants and scholarships to worthy high school students who would like to continue their education. So don’t give up, you can find the money you need in order to go to college, and you can start now, while you’re in high school.