The essay should be submitted in duplicate and have a cover page with the student’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of the school or parish, and must be SIGNED by the student AND parent/guardian as follows: “We certify that the attached essay is my own work product that has not otherwise been edited or revised.” The duplicate should be attached to the original but should not have the student’s name on it. It will be assigned a number by CBN-MC and essays will be sent randomly to volunteer judges (non-CBN-MC board members). All essays submitted will become the property of CBN-MC. CBN-MC reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility and interpretation of the rules. In the event for any reason the winners do not attend an area Catholic High School, the runner up in that category will receive the scholarship.
You should ideally apply for as many of these as possible, for that will immensely increase your chances of landing on at least one scholarship. The scholarships application process is not merely a matter of how excellent you are academically (nor is it based solely on your "need"), but is also a matter of a game of numbers. The more scholarships you apply for, the greater chances you will have of receiving a scholarship. Remember, from the NPSAS and NCES statistics cited on our home page , that if you apply for a scholarship as a junior, sophomore, or freshman, rather than waiting until you are a senior, you highly increase your chances of getting a scholarship for college, or even one specifically for a given year of high school, if that is what you are looking for.
If you want to get advice, tips and a list of scholarships, sign up for our newsletter. Just send an email to ScholarshipMentor(at). Don't wait until you fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in the senior year to be disappointed with the limited amount of federal student loans or financial aid you will receive. There are many college scholarships available, this is grant money that doesn't need to be paid back, but you need to be prepared. The Bill Gates Scholarship (officially called Gates Millennium Scholars Program ) which provides financial aid to minority students with high academic credentials and leadership promise, is one example. For those who do well on the PSAT/NMSQT, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation provides both recognition and scholarships. No matter who you are or what your family income level is, there is a scholarship for you.