Scholarships and Financial Aide

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Duluth Area Scholarships
Alworth Scholarship - information and on-line application for the Marshall and Nellie Alworth Memorial Fund. The application is electronically submitted. Intended major must be in the fields of science and math. Applicants must be in the top 20% of their class with an ACT of 25 or higher, OR applicant must have an ACT of 28 or higher. For recommendations, use the on-line Alworth Teacher Recommendation Form.
Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation - information and printable version of application for the following scholarships: Niskanen; Barto; Brusin; Duluth Central Alumni; Duluth Building & Construction Trades Council; Hemmingway; Hill; Hoffbauer; Houghton Duluth Central; Jam; Montague; Nelson; Nessell; Rathke; Rudberg; Saltwick; Shykes; Whiteside; and Minnesota Power. Also provided is the printable version of the RECOMMENDATION FORM to be used for all of the above scholarships AND the Soneson scholarship.
Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship - information and a printable application is available on this site. Go to Community Involvement and then to The Scholarship Program.
Scholarship America - information and application for the James Wright Hunt, Marguerite Gilmore and the Oscar and Mary Wildey Mitchell Scholarships.

Soneson Scholarship - information and application for the Walter and Anna Soneson Scholarship Fund. The application must be filled out on-line and printed for mailing. Applicants must be of the Protestant faith and in the top third of their class. For the necessary recommendations use the form provided on the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation web site.

Scholarship Search
East High School 's Most Recent Scholarship Bulletin - published every few weeks by the Guidance Dept.
College Board Online Services for Financial Aid
- college costs, borrowing, and scholarship search
College Net - scholarship search does not require personal information; browse through categories
CollegeToolkit - Scholarship searches plus calculators and expert guides as well as career and college exploration
Fast Web
- can be used for scholarship search, college search or job search; register and set up account; partner with - scholarship and financial aid help, glossary of terminology
Imagine America Scholarship
- a scholarship program for participating private career schools and colleges
MeritAid - A comprehensive directory of merit and academic scholarships from colleges across the country. Also gives costs/expenses and other general information about each college.

QuestBridge - college scholarships as well as scholarships for college prep summer programs for good students from lower income backgrounds
- excellent site offers free advice on how to compete successfully for scholarships, including tips for every step of the scholarship process.
Scholarships for Hispanics - provides application guidelines, an alumni section, and database of scholarships. - free scholarship search; also information about loans, financial aid and scams
School Soup - advertised as the "world's largest scholarship database", it was previously a private database and is now available to the public free of charge.

Financial Aid Information
Completing the FAFSA - explanations on completing the FAFSA
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE - online PROFILE application from College Board

Direct Loans - government guide to the Direct Loan Program
FAFSA on the Web - complete the FAFSA application online
FAFSA4caster - provides high school juniors an early estimate of aid; pre-populates 51 of 102 questions on the FAFSA to simplify process in senior year
Federal PIN Registration - to apply online for your government FAFSA personal ID number - comprehensive financial information; includes a calculator for EFC (expected family contribution) and a college cost projector; links to FASTWEB for scholarship search - answers the question, "How are we going to pay for this?"

Minnesota Higher Ed Services Office - ONLINE TUITION RECIPROCITY APPLICATION; info on financial aid process and programs; FINANCIAL AID ESTIMATOR; estimate eligibility for Pell Grants and Minnesota Grants.
Nat'l Assn of Student Financial Aid Administrators - provides information on the financial aid process
Saving for College - information on various tax-saving methods to save for college
The Student Guide - Dept. of Ed. Financial Information
U.S. Dept. of Education Information for Students - includes portals for financial aid, grants and publications on aid, as well as college search and homework resources
Sallie Mae's College Answer - complete planning tips for first time college and financial aid process; similar to a private advisor. Features a "EFC" (expected family contribution) ESTIMATOR (go to Paying, Applying For Aid, then Family Contribution, then Estimating).