General Scholarship Information

What are scholarships?

Scholarships are usually monetary awards given to students by an organization or donor to help pay for their education. Students must meet the criteria set by either the organization or donor, such as pursuing a certain program of study, having financial need or being an exemplary student.

Where should I look for scholarships?

Start with the scholarship resources and specific scholarships on the scholarship list. There are many additional sources for scholarship information, including community and professional organizations and employers, so spend some time doing research in your community, looking through a list of scholarship websites or in the library!

When should I apply for scholarships?

Deadlines vary for each scholarship, so you can find scholarships to apply for year-round. However, the majority of scholarships are designed to provide funding for students starting classes in fall, so many deadlines are in spring or earlier. In general, you should start looking for scholarships six to nine months before you will need the funding.

How do I improve my chances of winning a scholarship?

Most scholarships attract more applicants than there are awards, so it is important to make sure you meet the scholarship criteria before you apply. Advice for making your scholarship applications the best they can be is available on our Scholarships Essay Tips.

What do I do when I win a scholarship?

At LWTech, notify the Financial Aid Office so that we can apply your scholarship to your account and work with the scholarship agency if necessary.