Here is what you need to know right now about nationally competitive scholarships.
Every nationally competitive scholarship is different. In order to best explore which scholarships are for you, you must review your academic and career plans first. Depending upon what you want to do -- study abroad, go into research, become a doctor -- then you can begin looking at scholarships that fit those academic and career plans.
1. There is a section on this website called "Awards by Category", which is an excellent place to start. You can look at all of the different scholarships listed in each category, which link back to scholarship websites and other valuable information.
2. Pay special attention to eligibility. You might not be able to apply for a certain scholarship until you are a sophomore, or senior. Once you know when you can apply, then you can look to deadlines and start planning.
3. Review the section here on "Deadlines: what you need to know". Remember: these are nationally-competitive scholarships, which means that students all over the country are applying. In order for scholarship agencies to have enough time to review applications and decide on winners, deadlines are often a year ealier from the scholarship's start date.
4. Use as many of the Fellowship Office's resources as you can: come to an info session, review info session presentations, then make an appointment once you have an idea of what you'd like to apply for. You should also use all of the resources provided by scholarships' websites -- all of them contain valuable information on how to write competitively, provide webinars on different topics, and even provide contact information if you want to ask a question directly.
It takes great, sustained effort find scholarships, learn all you can about them, and then apply. The Fellowship Office can provide a great deal of guidance as you navigate the process. While the process takes effort, we encourage you to look to the other Loyola students who have won these awards, keeping them in mind as you work.