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•For any type of federal student aid, and to initiate the financial aid process from college financial aid offices, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) any time after October 1, and it is advisable to complete the form early. Pay careful attention to state and college deadlines. Completing the form online is MUCH preferred and can be done at

•Carefully review the websites and publications from the colleges in which you are interested to learn of college-specific opportunities; they often have separate scholarships for which you must apply.  Some of these deadlines are in the fall, even if the final admissions deadlines are later.  In other cases you will automatically be awarded scholarship money based on factors such as your academic performance or leadership.  Once you are accepted, the admissions office will send you a financial aid letter which shows the grants, loans and scholarships for which you are eligible.

•Contact local civic organizations, churches to which you are connected, or parents’ places of employment to learn of local/regional scholarship opportunities.  The guidance counselor at the public school in your county might have a list.  Also contact your state’s higher education agency for state aid.

•For a variety of national scholarships from many sources, access a website such as or  These are national databases, so you must use narrow criteria in order to find realistic opportunities.  You do not need to pay anyone to search for scholarships for you.

•Other websites that might be of assistance:


Academic, Athletic and Merit Scholarships Awarded to the Graduating Class of 2020

The following members of the Class of 2020 were recognized during graduation weekend as receiving scholarships:

Anees A-R. – Seton Hill University (Merit Scholarship); Hope College (Heritage Award; Academic Achievement Award; Hope Grant; Hope Supplemental Grant; Out-of-State Award; DIII Basketball); St. Ambrose University (Freeman Pollard Diversity Award)

Mohammed A-A. – Husson University (President’s Global Scholarship)

Anisa A. – Arkansas Baptist College (Academic Scholarship)

Francesco B. – Berry College (Academic Scholarship); Bowling Green State University (Merit Scholarship); Caldwell University (University Scholarship); Nova Southeastern University (Dean’s Scholarship); Temple University (Merit Scholarship)

Alcaina B. – Randolph College (Merit Scholarship); Jacksonville University (Merit Scholarship)

Thomas C-R. – University at Buffalo (Academic Scholarship); Siena College (Academic Scholarship)

Amar D.  – Indiana State University (Academic Scholarship); Eckerd Scholarship (Dean’s Scholarship); Illinois Institute of Technology (Heald Scholarship); Johnson and Wales University (JWU Campus Award); Lourdes University (Lourdes President’s Scholarship; Diversity Award; Heart of America Grant; Honors Scholarship); Florida Institute of Technology (Panther Fund Merit Scholarship); Anderson University (Edwards Scholarship); Carthage College (Carthage Endowed Scholarship; Founders Scholarship; Multicultural Grant; Robert Todd Grant; Southport Grant; Visit Grant); Barry University (Academic Scholarship); Norwich University (Trustee Scholarship); Florida Southern College (Danforth Scholarship; Christoverson Scholarship; Scholars Grant); Lynn University (Academic Scholarship); Point Park University (Vice Presidential Scholarship; Athletic Scholarship-Men’s Basketball)

Lydia H. – Frostburg State University (FSU Scholarship); Mount St. Mary’s University (Provost’s Scholarship); Salisbury University (Good Neighbor Scholarship; Presidential Scholarship)

Delaney H. – University of Alabama (Capstone Scholar; Tutwiler Scholarship)

Will H. – University of Miami (Presidential Scholarship)

Michael H. – University of Lynchburg (Presidential Scholarship)

Wendy H. – Maryland Institute College of Art (Creative Vision Award); Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD Honors Scholarship)

Isaiah K. – University of Kentucky (William C. Parker Scholarship); Bellarmine University (Monsignor Treece Scholarship; Joan and Lee Thomas Multicultural Grant

Grayden K. – Roanoke College (Faculty Award; RC Commonwealth Grant; RC Area Award; Maroon Award); Florida Institute of Technology (Panther Fund Merit Scholarship); Bellarmine University (Monsignor Treece Scholarship)

Tyler L. – Mary Baldwin University (Presidential Scholarship); Florida Institute of Technology (Panther Fund Merit Scholarship); Rochester Institute of Technology (Presidential Scholarship)

Justin M. – University of Florida (Ronald Hammond Scholarship); Xavier University (Dean’s Scholarship); Michigan State University (MSU Non-Resident Scholarship; Presidential Study Abroad Scholarship); Louisiana State University (Academic Scholarship – Non-Resident Award)

Lauren O. – Lynn University (Merit Scholarship); Radford University (Highlander Distinction Scholarship)

Emily O. – East Tennessee State University (George L. Carter Scholarship)

Dillon P. – Hampden Sydney College (Penhurst Scholarship); Randolph College (Merit Scholarship); Roanoke College (Faculty Award; RC Commonwealth Grant; RC Area Award; Visit Roanoke Award); Hood College (Founders Scholarship); Washington College (Founders Scholarship)

Christen R. – Radford University (Highlander Distinction Scholarship); Juniata College (Calvert Ellis Merit Scholarship; Ray Day Scholarship); University of Miami (Canes Achievement Scholarship); Roanoke College (Academic Scholarship); Randolph College (Academic Scholarship; Randolph Grant); Furman University (Bell Tower Scholarship); Centre College (Academic Scholarship); DePauw University (University Merit Award)

Ramsey R. – Randolph College (Merit Scholarship); Bridgewater College (Eagle Award)

Tobi S. – Xavier University (Trustee Scholarship); Mount St. Mary’s University (Academic Scholarship); Penn State University (Academic Scholarship); Fordham University (Academic Scholarship); LeHigh University (Academic Scholarship); Drexel University (Academic Scholarship); University of Pittsburgh (Academic Scholarship); University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Academic Scholarship)

Simon S. – DePaul University (DePaul Scholars Award); Lawrence University (Academic Scholarship)

Raina W. – Ohio University (Trustee Award)

Hunter W. – Emory & Henry College (Merit Scholarship); Radford University (Merit Scholarship)

Sofia X. – Louisiana State University (Merit Scholarship)

Jack Z. – Roanoke College (Dean’s Award; RC Commonwealth Grant; VA Grant); Allegheny College (Trustee Scholarship); University of St. Thomas (International Student Scholarship); Geneva College (Pro Christo Scholarship); St. John’s University (International Scholarship); University of Scranton (Dean’s Scholarship)

The following student-athlete was recognized for signing with a NCAA Division III college:

Anees A-R. – Hope College, basketball

The following student-athletes were recognized for receiving full scholarships for NCAA Division I universities:

Bradley E. – Louisiana State University, basketball

Evan J. – Georgia State University, basketball

Darrick J. – Towson University, basketball

Darius M. – Virginia Tech, basketball

Emmanuel O. – Wake Forest University, basketball

Khalen R. – University of Arkansas, basketball

Jamari S. – Georgetown University, basketball

Cameron T. – Louisiana State University, basketball