Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

Scholarship Night 2021

Denfeld students are very fortunate to have many, many scholarship opportunities.  There are links to the scholarship applications, foundation websites, and  information throughout the slide show.  The same useful scholarship links and information can be found below. The link entitled Local Scholarship Requirements will give you detailed information on each scholarship on a grid.  After opening the link, you'll be able to go directly to each scholarship website, for more information, by clicking on the scholarship name.

FAFSA. When applying to colleges or universities, it is recommended that ALL students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This site will help determine eligibility for grants, loans, and other financial aid opportunities. Visit FAFSA - www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information and to complete the forms. Remember, you should never have to pay to complete your FAFSA!  

Get Ready...This is what you need to have with you when you sit down to complete the FAFSA:
  •      Your Social Security Number
  •      Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  •      Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  •      Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  •      An FSA ID to sign electronically (you can create one if you don't have one already)
  •      Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.

Click Here For Additional Information on Filing Out The FAFSA

CLICK HERE TO VIEW DENFELD SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT 2021 PRESENTATION

Click Onto Each Title For Forms and Additional Information

Financial Aid 101 

Applying for scholarships, completing a FAFSA, and filling out scholarship applications can be confusing.  This link will teach you the financial aid basics.  

 

Local Scholarships and Requirements 

When you click on link above, you will get a listing of all of the scholarships on a grid.  It is divided up by the foundation that oversees and awards the scholarships.  If you click on the title of each of the scholarships, it will take you to the foundation's webpage which will give you additional information and the application.  YOU ARE SCHOLARSHIP MATERIAL!!

  • Alworth Scholarship Foundation - Applicants must be pursuing a 4-year degree in a math or science field; have a composite of 25 or higher on the ACT and have a cumulative High School GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Duluth Superior Community Foundation - Offers over 60 scholarships to students from across the region.  If you see a scholarship above that you think you’re eligible for, but it doesn’t appear on the portal after you fill out the quiz, ASK!! 
  • Wells Fargo/Center for Scholarship Administration (CSA Scholars) - Provides administrative services for the following scholarship funds for Denfeld students:James Hunt - Oscar and Mary W. Mitchell - Gilmore - Jack Moon.
  • Robert Hermans Harbortown Rotary Scholarship - Scholarships are awarded based on character, community involvement, leadership, and academic ability.
  • Greater Denfeld Scholarships - Provides administrative services for the following scholarship funds for Denfeld students:

    ~ Greater Denfeld Scholarships (there are several) ~ Armond H. Hauge Scholarship ~ Marie V. Saltwick Scholarship.

Steps To Success

Applying for scholarships can seem overwhelming.  Please click the link above so you exactly what you need to do to complete your applications.

 

Intent to Apply - Local Scholarships

The Guidance Office can help but we need to know which local scholarships you are going to apply for.  Click on the Intent to Apply link, fill it out, and send it to Sue.  She will make sure you are scheduled for interviews (if required) and that your transcript gets to the Scholarship Committees. 

 

Recommendation Requests

Steps to Asking For A Letter of Recommendation

  • A good letter of recommendation is vital when applying for a scholarship or a competitive college.  Some colleges or scholarships require that students submit recommendations from teachers in specific subject areas.  Be certain that you double check what they are asking. 

  • Otherwise, you would usually ask someone who:

    • teaches a core subject (English, math, science, social studies), or

    • who taught you recently (junior year is prime) and

    • who knows you well and actually likes you (it won’t help the college get to know you if your recommender doesn’t know you).

  • If you can’t find one person who fits all of those things, this is what you should prioritize:‚Äč

    1. Someone who knows you well and actually likes you.

    2. Someone who taught you recently.

    3. Someone who teaches a core subject.

  • Make sure you give your recommendation writer plenty of time to write the letter.  Teachers write these letters during their time off of school - nights & weekends.  The more notice that you give your letter writer, the better.  Be sure you ask them before they get an email request (i.e. Common Application) from a college or scholarship.  You also want to include a Brag Sheet/Resume and where you want them to send the letter - Letter of Recommendation Requests (see below).

 

Bragsheet/Resume

  • A brag sheet highlights your accomplishments, key experiences, leadership skills and employment throughout your secondary education. Essentially, it's a quick reference guide with all the details and achievements for someone trying to get to know you better.  Students who want someone to write them a letter of recommendation need to provide the letter writer with as much information as possible.  A teacher may know what you do at school but may not know that you also have a job, take care of your younger siblings, etc.  This sheet will help your teachers have a better idea of what to include in your letter.
  • There is also a place on the brag sheet for your parent to fill out.  Please make sure that they do this.  Parents don't get to write letters of recommendation for their own child but know a great deal about their skills, accomplishments, and obstacles.  Your teacher or letter writer may be able to use some of this information in your letter.
 

Letter of Recommendation Request 

  • The people who write your letters of recommendation need to know who to send it to and when it is due.  Be sure to ask early to give them plenty of time to write your letter.  Use this form to give them all the details.  Don't forget to thank them for taking the time to help you out. 

 

FINAL NOTES 

From Karen Sunderman - DSA Scholarships:  Put Your Best Foot Forward! · Scholarships are always very competitive. · Do a great job! – writing, spelling, small i’s, complete lists… · Remember it’s not you that will win the scholarship; it's your application. · Get someone to check over your application, several times!! Conclusion · Lucky to live and study here. Lots of local scholarships! 

GO GET THEM!!