Please view the informational video that covers some of the basics of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For further questions, please contact the counseling department.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Informational Video
$$ Scholarship Information $$
Many students will be looking for scholarship opportunities
during their junior and senior years. However, as some scholarships are
available to freshmen and sophomores, it is never too early to begin
planning for post-secondary education. To become an eligible candidate,
it is important that students do as well as they are capable of
Scholarship Committees also look for well-rounded individuals with a
strong emphasis placed on academic preparation, leadership development,
community service, and extracurricular school activities. Encourage
students to seek out clubs and activities that interest them.
Participation in various activities can enhance a student's leadership
ability and will provide opportunities for additional growth. Students
would also be exposed to a variety of activities, careers, and summer
opportunities. these experiences should be documented for future use.
Scholarship to Do List (how to be a scholarship candidate)
a solid/challenging curriculum to prepare for college entrance exams.
Seek out opportunities in leadership, community service, and clubs.
discover what you have a passion for and make a difference. Read the
newspaper and watch the international news on a regular basis.
Participate in summer enrichment activities. Get to know your counselor
(freshman year). Prepare to have good letters of recommendation (get to
know your teachers). Prepare a resume and keep it current. check the
Scholarship Book frequently. Meet with college representatives visiting
your school (junior/senior year). Attend financial aid presentations.
Search scholarship websites. File the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA) by mid-February. (senior year)
Highland High School, these types of scholarships become available from
individuals, corporations, local businesses and organizations, and
universities. Many of these scholarships can be used at universities,
community colleges, or technical schools. Scholarships are advertised in
the Scholarship Book in the counseling office and on the daily
announcements. New scholarships are received throughout the year.
Students need to observe application deadlines, follow directions, keep
resumes updated, and allow time for letters of recommendation to be
completed. NonMerit-Based Scholarships may be awarded to students who
excel in leadership and/or community service and/or extra curricular
can be offered to students by universities based on their academic
index (grades, class rank, test scores, strength of transcript).
Universities in Arizona review applications for these scholarships. It
is to a student's advantage to apply early to schools they are
interested in attending. If a student is offered a merit-based
scholarship, response dates for acceptance need to be observed. Also,
the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) needs to be filed as part of the granting university's requirements.
Maricopa County Community College Presidential Scholarship
this scholarship is available to seniors who rank in the top 15% of
their graduating class in the sixth, seventh, or eighth semester and
will be attending any Maricopa County community college. ASSET scores
can also qualify students for this scholarship. Information can be found
online at www.maricopa.edu or in the counseling office.