College students are constantly trying to find money to help reduce the cost of their college education. For many students, one of the most difficult aspects of finding money for college is knowing where to look. Many websites recommend first completing the FAFSA application, as this form will quickly show you whether you have qualified for any federal or state funding. Another popular way to find funds for college is to register with a scholarship search engine, as you complete one profile and then are matched with all scholarship opportunities that you are eligible to apply for. After that step, the next best resource is to apply for scholarships at the university that you plan to attend.
For the student who has completed all those steps and still needs money, it can be hard to know where to look next. In general, you should think about looking for scholarships at places you go everyday (i.e., your gym, favorite shops, or even your bank). Like many other large banks, Sun Trust offers college students the opportunity to compete for college scholarships. This scholarship is open to any college student. This Program is called the Sun Trust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes.
This award is open to students who live in one of the eligible states, which include: Washington, D.C., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, or West Virginia. Students compete in a contest in order to receive this scholarship. The scholarship provides the recipients with an award that is valued at $500 in order to help reduce the cost of their college education. This scholarship is open to students who are undergraduates in college or students who are in their last year of high school.
One of the reasons that this award is so popular is because there are no restrictions on the grade point average that is required in order to compete. As such, any college student or high school student can apply. The scholarship opens September 12th of each year and students can enter once time every two weeks. Applications are accepted by mail or online.
In total, thirty different recipients will be chosen to receive the award between October 28 and May 12. A new winner is picked every week. The winner is chosen randomly, so every applicant has an equal chance of winning. However, you should plan to enter once every two weeks in order to maximize your chances of winning the scholarship. Students must be at least 13 years of age in order to be considered for this scholarship. Additionally, students must attend an accredited two-year or four-year college.
Students who are selected as winners should note that the check will be made out directly to the college or university that the student is attending. Winners will be notified via e-mail within one week of being selected. Each winner must sign a form that they will have to return to Sun Trust within one month. Additional information is available at this website.