All students should know that with the New Year comes a whole new scholarship search. Youngstown State University and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics offers many scholarships to a variety of students. Scholarships are awarded according to many different factors including different majors, class standing (freshman, sophomore, etc.), financial need, and much more.
Students should begin the scholarship and financial aid process by completing the coming year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA helps the YSU Financial Aid Office to determine a student’s financial need, thus most scholarships require that you have a completed FAFSA on file. This application can be completed for free on the FAFSA website. Students should complete their FAFSA applications by February 15th.
The next step in the process is searching for scholarships. There are three types of scholarships that STEM Students should look for:
- STEM scholarships: these are scholarships available only to students majoring in STEM. Applications are available on the STEM Scholarship Bulletin Board on the second floor of Moser Hall by the Dean’s office or through your department.
- YSU scholarships: these scholarships are not based on major but on other criteria, such as class standing, county of residence, high school, ethnic or religions background, and financial need. Search for them on the YSU Financial Aid website.
- External scholarships: these scholarships are offered by organizations and agencies outside of YSU. You can find a list of some of these types of scholarships on the STEM Scholarship Bulletin Board, or you can try your own search on Google or on scholarship search engines, such as fastweb.com
Once you’ve found scholarships to apply for, the final step is completing the applications. Don’t delay! Most scholarship deadlines are around March 1st.
Tips and tricks:
- Keep a calendar with all of the due dates of different scholarships.
- Group applications together. Some applications may require similar essays, resumes, or portfolios. These similarities will help to get more scholarship applications completed.
- Keep all of your information, like resumes and portfolios, up-to-date. If you keep these items up-to-date, it will take less time to get them together when you need them.
- Make sure to have references ready. Some scholarships may require just the name and contact information for the reference, but some (normally for larger scholarships) may require a letter of recommendation.
The office of STEM Outreach and Scholarships (Moser Hall 2290) has additional information on scholarships here and more tips here! For questions or additional scholarship information, please contact Emilie Eberth, Coordinator: STEM Outreach and Scholarships, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330.941.2884.