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Scholarship Information

Paying for college can be a challenge for most families and getting a scholarship is a great way to help cover the cost.  Scholarships are gifts of free money awarded to students. 

Make sure you go online and research various scholarships  available for graduating seniors.  Look for scholarships offered by a variety of sources.  The money is there. Continue your scholarship search and APPLY!!!

In addition to this message, more scholarship information can be obtained at the Academy at Smith's Scholarship Webpage found HERE.


1. SAT and/or ACT scores testing prior to the senior year provides time to retake the tests for improved scores and makes the test scores available when needed for scholarships and college entry. You can retake the SAT and/or ACT during your senior year to improve your scores.

2. Mail applications well in advance of the deadline.

3. Mail all required forms and documents in the same package to avoid lost forms, incomplete submissions and disqualification.

4. Submit only documents requested. Additional information is not used to determine the applicant’s status.

5. Submit all requested information in the form required (example: G.P.A in a 4-point un-weighted grade scale).

6. Basic musts for students: [1] Write clearly; [2] Complete all required information; [3] Complete only those sections designated for you; [4] Secure all required signatures; [5] Read instructions carefully; and [6] submit only the information requested.

7. When submitting tax information for financial need, be sure the form shows the adjusted gross income, the number of dependents covered by that income, and any other required data. The first page of the standard Federal 1040 tax return provides that information. Submit only copies of tax forms unless originals are required.

8. Apply for scholarships for which you are qualified.

9. Answer only the questions asked when given the opportunity for a written response. Additional information is not used to determine the applicant’s status.

Getting money for school starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will determine how much your family can afford for college, in the eyes of the federal government. You can get forms by calling (800) 433-3243. The form should be filled out as soon as possible after Jan 1 of the student's senior year in high school.
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