With hundreds of helpful sites, the internet can be a wonderful resource in your search for scholarships. When navigating the web, keep a few things in mind:
Provide yourself with enough time (you may want to set aside an hour or two a day until you feel as though you've found the information that you need). You will find that each site offers a number of links. Be sure to check out any and all leads.
Revisit sites periodically. Many sites continually update information.
Be discerning. Not all of the sites and services are as helpful or as valuable as others.
Use the bulletin boards to post questions. You'll be amazed at what you can learn from others in your same situation!
If you register for a service on-line, be certain that you are submitting information over a secured site (check the lower left corner of the screen for a small padlock symbol).
Avoid sites that require a registration fee. With all of the resources available on the internet and elsewhere, it is not necessary to pay for help. All of the information is already at your fingertips!
Be cautious of guarantees and money-back offers.
You will also want to check with the following resources outside of NIU:
Your high school guidance counselor or college advisor
Employers (both yours and your parents').
Local organizations or affiliations (Kiwanis, 4-H, Lions Club).
Places of personal volunteerism (local hospitals, clubs, etc.).
Chamber of Commerce.
Local library - There are numerous reference books on scholarships and foundations.
Newspapers - Watch for firms or organizations offering scholarships as well as listings of local students who have won.
Yellow Pages - Find out if any professional/social organizations have chapters in your area.