It’s time to apply for scholarships at WT – La PRAIRIE

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It’s that time of year and, no, I’m not just talking about winter vacation. It’s time to apply for scholarships at West Texas A&M University.

The priority date for the full awards review is February 1. This means that you must complete and submit the WT scholarship application by February 1. The scholarship application mainly involves filling out basic demographic and family information similar to that of the FAFSA. , as well as plenty of Yes / No questions to determine if you meet the requirements for different scholarships.

There are also six short answer questions that ask questions such as “Why did you choose to attend WT?” And “Why is it important for you to receive a scholarship?” These are not essay questions and can be answered in a few sentences, but they should be answered thoughtfully.

“We really read them and we use them to match scholarship information when they ask for specific criteria, like your goals in the future,” said Dana Melcher, associate director of scholarship services. “A lot of our scholarships want to know what you’re going to do after school. “

Although it takes a bit of effort and time to complete the scholarship application, the number of scholarships you apply for through a single application is definitely worth your time. When you apply for scholarships outside of college, each individual scholarship usually has a different application and many require essays, letters of recommendation, etc. Being a WT student gives you access to many different scholarships through one relatively simple application.

“You never know what new exchanges are going to be created and you could be that person who ticks all the boxes,” Melcher said. “By submitting the scholarship application, you are already in the system and we can just match you easily. “

Even if you are not receiving financial aid from WT, you can still receive scholarships. While some scholarships consider financial need according to the FAFSA, not all do.

According to the Education Data Initiative, 76.7% of full-time undergraduates receive a grant or scholarship. In addition, 87% of students who receive scholarships receive one from their college.

Scholarships are another form of free financial aid for students. Unlike loans, which must be repaid, often with interest, scholarships are “free money”.

Although scholarships are often seen as less important than financial aid in terms of the financial assistance they provide, they can make a big difference in the ability of students to afford a college education without going into debt.

WTAMU awards over $ 5 million in annual scholarships, with the average scholarship totaling $ 1,200. If a student receives $ 1,200 in scholarships for four years of graduation, that equates to almost $ 5,000 in total savings.

“The biggest advantage [of scholarships] is being able to pay for your school without hopefully taking out loans or that many loans, ”Melcher said. “Any free money you can get is always good. “

Go here to complete the scholarship application.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the scholarship department by email at [email protected] or dial 806-651-3330.

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