Scholarships & Grants

Exploring college and scholarships opportunities can be an overwhelming task. Make sure to start early.

Scholarships are gifts of money that do not need to be paid back!
Dont wait to search. Deadlines can be early in your senior year.

Click here for the BCHS Scholarship Spreadsheet
Some Helpful Scholarships Links:
Daniels Fund Application
Gates Millennium Scholarship
Scholarship Scam
Boettcher Foundation Resources for Students
Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Search Websites:
First Generation Scholarships
College Opportunity Fund 
CareerOneStop Scholarship Search
Peterson's Scholarship Search Engine
Scholarship America
Unigo Scholarship Search


Western Undergraduate Exchange  (WUE) as part of Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
WUE is an agreement among 160+ participating public colleges and universities provide steep nonresident tuition savings for Western students.  WUE

Grants: Just like scholarships, grant money does not need to be paid back. The first step in receiving any grant is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Scholarship Tips

10 Tips for Applying for Scholarships

  1. Make sure you are eligible. Don’t waste your time or the time of the scholarship giver. When you scan scholarships, first make sure you meet the criteria. Focus on appropriate scholarships by their due dates.
  2. Research past scholarship winners. By looking online at biographies of previous winners, you can better understand the type of person a scholarship committee is looking for. 
  3. Create a scholarship checklist. Keep on task by scheduling submission deadlines, instructions, and things to do for each scholarship you’re interested in—for example, writing essays or getting letters of recommendation.
  4. Follow instructions carefully. Applications that do not follow instructions to the letter are discarded, so be sure to provide whatever information and materials the scholarship requests.
  5. Highlight your strengths and weaknesses. Brag about your accomplishments, such as your GPA or volunteer work. Don’t neglect to talk about your weaknesses or gaps on your application, and use this chance to explain yourself. This honesty can work to your benefit.
  6. Make time for your essay. Thoroughly review the essay question and take your time articulating an answer. Give yourself time to research your answer, and make sure to give your writing the care it deserves.
  7. Check yourself carefully. Bad grammar, poor punctuation, and an unorganized essay can hurt your chances of receiving an award. Have someone proofread your essays and personal statements before you submit them.
  8. Secure letters of recommendation. Get letters from people who know you well and can highlight your strengths. Provide them with the scholarship information, and give them plenty of time to compose their letter. 
  9. Be on time. Keep to your schedule so you’re not waiting until the last minute. By submitting scholarships early, you free up your time to apply for more scholarships.
  10. Make copies of all submissions. Scholarship givers can lose all or part of your application. Your copies can be your backup. By submitting early, you can protect yourself in case your application is returned or gets lost in the mail.

Financial Aid
Federal Student Aid and Resources
(See additional FAFSA information on the College page)

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