Money — financial aid — for college

Individuals & organizations that may have scholarship &/or grant money &/or paid internships or jobs – to help with college expenses.   And if you’re thinking, “What do I do & say if someone contacts me?” then feel free to e-mail (Alice.White@TTU.edu) &/or call 830-990-8101 … to brainstorm-for-fun about additional tips that may effectively guide you in being an even more powerful advocate for yourself.

In the meantime, there are some proactive steps that you may want to consider doing right now:

  1. Contact community foundations in your geographical area (e.g., Austin Community Foundation & San Antonio Area Foundation) & local service organizations (Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis clubs) & find out their deadlines (& if there’s still time to apply for scholarships, then offer to e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships & grants – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/ him/or the assistant in person);
  2. Contact the college / university where you have been accepted  to get the names, e-addresses, phone #s & Website addresses of folks who have the following kinds of job roles:
    1. Director of Financial Aid (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person);
    2. Director of Work-Study Program: proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for on- or off-campus jobs during college …– to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    3. Assistant(s) in the College of _____ – or whatever your university calls its respective college that houses the academic courses for your chosen area of study (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    4. Assistant(s) in the Department of _____ – or whatever your chosen college of university calls its respective college that houses the academic courses for your chosen area of study (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    5. Director of the Career Center to inquire about job &/or paid internship opportunities for current students – especially opportunities with local professionals in your chosen area of study  (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person
    6. Sponsor &/or Pres. of the Student Government / Student Council organization – that oversees all student organizations & on- & off-campus activities (& proactively e-send all of your academic information & scholarship application & inquire when & how to apply for scholarships, grants & work-study opportunities – to help you fund your college expenses); – to help you fund your college expenses … & when would be a convenient day, date & time for you to call her/him/or the assistant in person

Bottom line:  there are probably money & jobs “out there … somewhere for YOU”  — to help with your college expenses … if you’re willing to politely & steadfastly pester others to help you find the money you need.  And as you can probably infer from the system (above), after you get your own basic steps done the first time … it’s simply a matter of replicating your steps & personalizing your message a bit … for the next resource-person on the list.

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