There are four places that BHS counselors suggest students focus their energy in finding scholarships...
1. The institution where the student plans to attend. The majority of the money given out in scholarships, is from the colleges and universities where students attend. Often the awards are given automatically to students with a strong GPA and test score, and the student doesn't need to do more than apply. Other times, it's worthwhile to look through the scholarship page on the website of the school the student plans on attending.
2. The Scholarship Foundation of Northshore. Scholarships set that are only for Northshore students, and sometimes only for Bothell students, which greatly increase the odds of winning one. More information can be found here: https://sf-ns.org/
3. NSD Scholarship Bulletin. Monthly list of reliable scholarships put together by Northshore School District. Found here
4. The WashBoard.org is a non-profit coalition that is set up to connect Washington State High School Seniors with meaningful scholarships. Set up an account here: http://www.washboard.org/
FAFSA website. Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will let a family know what types financial aid and how much they might receive to help pay for college. The FAFSA application filing window opens in December 2023, families should begin filing as soon as possible once the filing window opens.
WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). State Financial Aid for Undocumented Individuals and Select Non-Citizens. Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who aren't eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. These students still need to meet other program requirements.
To find out if you qualify, complete the free WASFA to apply for state financial aid (Click on the link above.)
CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is an online application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal institutional aid. It is required by Whitman College, Whitworth University and several other colleges and universities across the country