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Q. It's been a while since I graduated from high school. Will I qualify for a scholarship?

A. Even if you’re not a recent high school graduate, you can still qualify for scholarships. There are scholarships available for all types of students, even if you didn’t go to college right away. You can search for scholarships that are for non-traditional, returning or adult students. Some scholarships are available before you’ve enrolled in school , while others are available once you’ve started your training.

Q. When should I search for scholarships?

A. Anytime is a good time to search for scholarships. Peak scholarship season is traditionally from January through April of each year with funds being awarded the following fall. But you should search often and regularly as new scholarships open throughout the year. Most scholarships have lengthy application periods, and long decision periods. Scholarships are not a fast way to get money, but a long-term commitment to future potential.

Q. How long does it take to hear back on a scholarship entry?

A. Every scholarship has a different timeframe before a scholarship is awarded. If you’re unsure of your status, visit the scholarship organization’s website to see if an announcement has been made. It’s a good idea to keep a log of the scholarships you’ve applied for, contact information and decision dates.

Q. If I need a letter of recommendation to submit with my scholarship application, whom should I use?

A. Most scholarships will provide examples of who should be used for the letter of recommendation. However, if it doesn’t, you should use someone from academics like a former instructor or a professional contact. Using a family member or neighbor is not recommended.

Q. Why does the application require personal information?

A. The scholarship provider is investing in your future, so they want to know about you. If you’re uncomfortable with any information being requested, you can choose not to apply for the scholarship or contact the provider to find out why it is needed. If the scholarship application ever asks for your Social Security number, place of birth, and date of birth on the same application, question the legitimacy of the application because it could be a scam.

Q. Why do many scholarship applications require an essay?

A. Scholarship providers ask for essays for a variety of reasons, but mostly to learn more about the candidates and find one that best represents them. Essays also showcase that candidates can write at a college level. The essay is your chance to showcase your skills and experiences to the world. Check out our easy essay writing tips.

Q. Can the same scholarship essay be used for more than one application?

A. This is not recommended. Each scholarship typically has a unique topic. You want your essay to reflect the application as closely as possible to increase your chances of receiving the scholarship.

Q. What types of scholarships are available?

A. When conducting searches for scholarships, you will find scholarships based on career choices, family background, income level, special talents, hobbies, memberships to certain organizations, etc. The list is extensive. The more data you put into the search, the more likely you will find a scholarship that fits you.

Q. How far back should I list my work experience, volunteer groups or other personal experiences?

A. Start with the most recent data and work your way back. Be sure to include the dates when each occurred.

Q. How many scholarship applications are needed to improve my chances of receiving one?

A. While there are a lot of scholarships, there are also a lot of applicants. It's a numbers game. The more applications you complete, the more likely you’ll increase your chances at winning a scholarship award. So apply for as many scholarships as you can. Every dollar received is helpful, so the time is worth the effort. If you’re strapped for time, it’s better to submit a few high-quality applications versus many low-quality applications.

For more information on finding and applying for scholarships, visit our Scholarship Tips page. Or Contact Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, to find out more about our online programs and degrees.

*Financial aid is available for those who qualify.