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Financial Need-Based Awards

Many scholarships are need-based awards. Financial need is defined as the difference between a student's cost of education and what the family/individual is expected to contribute. In order to be considered for need-based awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available at the Financial Aid Office, Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100 or online at FAFSA.

suggested search resources

As scholarships become available, they are advertised on bulletin boards across campus and online under the Latest Scholarship Resources. Eligibility requirements, application materials, and deadlines will vary for each scholarship. For additional scholarship resources, students are encouraged to search several Scholarship Databases available online. A listing of these resources is provided below.

Scholarship Databases (PDF)

Scholarship Scams

The Federal Trade Commission provides information to help students avoid scholarship scams. FTC warns students to beware of companies that make any of the following claims or information requests:

  • The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.
  • You can't get this information anywhere else.
  • May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?
  • We'll do all the work.
  • The scholarship will cost some money.
  • You've been selected by a national foundation to receive a scholarship.
  • An alternative is "You're a finalist" in a contest you've never entered.

For more information about scholarship scams, visit The Federal Trade Commission website or call their toll-free number at 1-877-FTC-HELP.

Thank-you Letters

Students are strongly encouraged to express their appreciation to their scholarship donors by sending a thank-you note or letter. Expressing gratitude to donors for their interest and support of education is an important part of receiving a scholarship. When donors know that their gifts are making a difference, they are encouraged to continue their support.

Scholarship Thank You Letter Tips


  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Be consistent, use same font type, size, and color throughout your letter
  • Double-check for typos and grammatical errors
  • Express enthusiasm, yet be sincere
  • Present a neat, clean letter (if possible, use quality paper)

Scholarship Thank You Letter Sample



These links offer tips that will help you when filling out scholarship applications and essay writing.





Office of Financial Aid

 Enrollment Center @ The Tower, Main 1.100

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 956-882-8277
Fax: 956-882-8229

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