Why Scholarships are Important

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
7 Noteworthy Scholarships For High School Seniors

Why Scholarships are Important

Despite the encouragement of high school counselors, many students and parents fail to consider scholarships as a source of funds for higher education. While there are many grants for college students with financial needs, these grants do not typically cover the total cost of college. Meanwhile, a Forbes article from October 2022 reported that the annual tuition inflation rate has decreased significantly since 2020, but college costs are still rising. 

1. Expand Your Opportunities

Scholarships and grants for low-income or at-risk youth can open doors for students and encourage academic adversity and equitable outcomes. There are a variety of NSHSS scholarships available to further these goals. 

2. Improve your Chances of Acceptance to your First-choice University

Students standing outside of NYU

Academic scholarships related to specific achievements can increase your chances of acceptance to the college of your dreams. The scholarships show the university that you take your education and your future seriously. Such determination makes students more likely to excel in college courses. 

3. Enhance Your Learning with Tech

Laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, and apps to keep you organized are essential for getting the most out of your college courses. Many families do not realize that technology items can often be purchased with scholarships and grants to enhance student learning and improve outcomes. 

4. Reduce Stress and Free up Time to Study

girl looking stressed at a laptop

Scholarships and grants can also cover living costs on or off campus. This gives students a stress-free educational experience because it can lessen or remove the need for a student to hold a job, giving them more time to study. There are several advantages to living on campus, including the fact that you can study free of distractions. Both benefits free up time to study and make it more likely a student will stay in their degree program to completion. 

When should you start applying for scholarships?

The best tip for applying to college is to seek scholarship opportunities soon after entering high school. Many merit-based scholarships are not limited to graduating seniors. Scholarships and academic contests are available as early as your freshmen year, depending on the sponsoring organization. 

NSHSS strives to provide students with scholarship opportunities throughout their high school careers.  These opportunities give students more time to build a strong financial aid package.