Seniors: Scholarship Searches Made Easy

By Emily May.

As the college application process comes to a close, many seniors are searching for scholarships and applying for financial aid. Listed below are the steps in the financial aid process as well as several scholarships found on the Loudoun County Public School website. Visit www.lcps.org for more information and a list of scholarships and their criteria.

Steps in the Financial Aid Application Process:
After applying for admission to the college apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st of your senior year. Financial aid applications need to be submitted early because most colleges have limited aid to award.

The college admissions committee meets and makes an admission decision, and they notify the college financial aid office that you have been accepted. They will then review the financial aid application information and will determine if you are eligible for financial aid and how much aid should be offered.

Once the financial aid office determines how much aid in various forms is available for distribution, they will notify you of your financial aid package according to your financial need.

Scholarships:
Visit Loudoun Foundation Scholarship – 3 at $2,000 which will be paid $1,000 per year:
The Visit Loudoun Foundation, a charitable arm of the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association, will present three $2,000 scholarships, payable over two years in $1,000 increments, depending upon studies being pursued in tourism and hospitality fields.

A Servant’s Heart – Joshua’s Hands Scholarships – 3 at $1,000:
Applicant must be a senior who both legally resides and attends high school (public, private or home school) in Loudoun County and intends to enter college or university following high school. Applicants must submit an official entry form with an essay of 1,500 words or fewer on the theme “A Servant’s Heart: Choosing to Serve.” The heart of the essay topic is to encourage students to write about servants who have mentored them (intentionally or unintentionally) or service that has changed their lives.

Loudoun First Responders Foundation, Inc., – Children of First Responders’ Scholarships:
Graduating seniors who are children of first responders who work for or are active volunteers for Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department, any of the town police departments within Loudoun County, MWAA police or fire & rescue, and/or the Virginia State Police are eligible to apply. Candidate must complete and submit application form, copy of official transcript of grades, and two letters of recommendation must be attached. If financial need is a consideration, submit FAFSA or SAR.

Loudoun County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Scholarship – number and amount to be determined:
Graduating seniors from a Loudoun County high school who intend to pursue a degree in Law Enforcement or public service-related field, have academic and extracurricular performance, achievements, community service, and leadership in high school, and are in need of financial aid are eligible to apply.

Loudoun County “Beat the Odds” Scholarship:
Applicant must be a current resident of Loudoun County. A one to two page personal statement from applicant describing how he/she has “Beaten the Odds” is required.