- Where to start?
- Edmonds Foundation Scholarship
- College Bound Scholarship
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
- Undocumented Students
- 10 SCAM WARNING SIGNS
- Search engines and sites
The Foundation for Edmonds School District Scholarship will be available in the fall of each year. Many different scholarships are available through the Foundation. By submitting only one application, students are considered for any scholarship for which they meet the requirements: Foundation for Edmonds School District Scholarship
The College Bound Commitment is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who enroll in middle school and meet the pledge requirements. The College Bound Commitment covers the cost of tuition at public college rates, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 colleges, universities and technical schools in Washington state.
Students who meet one of the following requirements are automatically enrolled in College Bound:
- Students who are in public school and eligible for free and reduced-price lunch in 7th, 8th or 9th grade.
- Students who are in state foster care or a dependent of the state between 7th grade and high school graduation.
As a part of the College Bound Commitment sign-up process, students pledge to do the following:
- Graduate from a Washington state high school or approved home school program with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
- Have no felony convictions.
- Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) beginning their senior year.
College Success Foundation actively works with districts, schools and community-based organizations to support College Bound students and families statewide. We offer program outreach through our network of regional officers located in the nine Educational Service Districts (ESD) throughout the state. Our team can help provide strategies for signup success and support that fit with your school, district and community.
Using the Scholarship
To use the College Bound Commitment, students must do the following:
- Fulfill the College Bound pledge requirements and meet state residency requirements.
- Complete a financial aid application in their senior year of high school and each year they are in college and be determined as income-eligible (see table below).
- Be accepted to and attend an eligible college.
- Be in good standing at their college. This could be measured by GPA or student code of conduct and is specific to each school.
Students can use College Bound at over 65 schools across Washington state. In order to access College Bound, a family’s income must be at or below the amount in the chart for their household size. It is important that students apply for financial aid every year they plan to attend college. Students must also meet the College Bound Scholarship Pledge requirements.
Students do not need to tell colleges they are a College Bound student. Colleges have access to Washington Student Achievement Council’s (WSAC) secure portal to determine if students are College Bound. This will happen automatically.
WSAC will match your original College Bound application with your FAFSA or WASFA. Once you’ve completed your financial aid application, the college(s) that you mark in the application then determine your eligibility and/or College Bound amount. You can contact the financial aid office at your college if you have any questions.
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WashBoard.org connects Washington students with Washington scholarship providers, whether attending in state colleges or out. Start by making a profile, WashBoard will match students with scholarships that meet some or all of the criteria input. WashBoard is spam-free and will never sell your information._
Students who are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States are not eligible for state or federal financial assistance because of their immigration status. In addition, they are generally classified as international students and therefore are required to pay higher tuition and fees. However, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has compiled a list of scholarships that are open to undocumented students. The list is available on MALDEF's website at http://www.maldef.org or by calling (213) 629-2512.
- Fees: Scammers use bogus fees such as "application fee," "disbursement fee," redemption fee," or "processing fees," as a way to take your money. Scholarships DO NOT require fees. If you are asked to send a check for a fee......DO NOT APPLY....IT IS A SCAM!
- Credit card or bank count information needed: never give credit card of bank information to receive aid.
- Scholarship guarantee: NO ONE controls judges decisions. Be wary of "high success rates," which often refer to matches, not award winners.
- No work involved: Legitimate scholarship applications require both time & energy.
- No contact information: Before you apply, confirm the sponsor's name and contact information. The sponsor should supply a valid phone number, mailing address and email address. Be wary of a PO Box.
- Unsolicited scholarships: If you are called to receive an award for which you never applied, be alert.
- Pressure Tactics: Do not allow your self to be pressured into applying for a scholarship, especially when they are asking you to pay money.
- Claim of "Exclusive Scholarships:" Legitimate sponsors will not restrict knowledge about their scholarship or award to a single service.
- An official name or endorsement DOES NOT automatically mean legitimacy: A sponsor may use words like "national," "educatiton," or "federal," or have an official looking seal, but might still be a scammer.
- Your questions are not answered directly: Can't get a straight answer? What will be done with your information? Or other questitons? Proceed with caution!
If you do suspect or catch scholarship fraud happening....follow these steps:
- Save all forms you receive from the suspected scammer. Keep copies of written details about the offer and any correspondence.
- Take notes during any seminars or phone conversations. Record the date, time, phone number, and who you spoke to.
- Report the suspected scammer to local law enforcement, your students guidance counselor or any of the following organizations:
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