How You Can Get Scholarships for High School Seniors

Scholarships for high school seniors can save you and your parents a lot of money. Are you in a situation where you will have to pay for school after you have graduated? If so, you need to exhaust all opportunities to look for scholarships. Many college graduates leave schools with heavy financial burdens and begin life in debt. As such, many parents and students are looking for ways to ease the burdens that come with college.

Fortunately, there are many scholarships that go unused each year because people don’t know about them. Here are some tips for how to get scholarships for high school seniors:

The first thing you need to do is thoroughly investigate all programs that are out there.

Check with local organizations, scholarships from the state, from local clubs, churches and organizations, and sometimes even local businesses. Many states, especially those that have state lotteries have a lot of money to use for scholarships.

Decide what schools you would like to attend, and check with those individual schools. Many schools offer scholarships based on different requirements. You won’t know what is available until you check it out.

Do a detailed web search for scholarships. If a local business is advertising a scholarship, and everyone you know is applying, your chances aren’t very good. But if there is a scholarship that few people know about, obviously your chances are better.

Second, when applying for scholarships, read the rules. Don’t waste time applying for scholarships that you aren’t eligible for. This may seem elementary, but it’s a huge time saver. Check the eligibility before you sign up for it. Also, don’t ever pay to apply for a scholarship. This will almost always be a scam.

Proofread your scholarship. Remember that your scholarship application needs to set you apart. Nothing can damage your chances more than shoddy spelling or grammar.

How can you make yourself stand out? Remember that there are many scholarships for high school seniors and there are hundreds, if not thousands of applicants. You need to list all activities and accomplishments that separate you from the pack. Did you get a high ACT score? Highlight that fact. Are you involved in community service or some other unique and interesting activity? Make sure and put that in your application.

If you don’t feel you stand out in these areas, what can you do to change that? Can you study harder for your ACT and possibly improve your score? Can you take part in any activities, clubs or sports teams that might help you to stand out?

Scholarships for high school seniors are a highly coveted achievement, as they are basically free money. Don’t miss out because you didn’t fill forms out on time, include interesting things about yourself, or didn’t do enough research. Take the time to save yourself from the heavy debt-load that can come later in life due to high college expenses. If you do this, you’ll put yourself in the best possible position to attain a scholarship and help your financial situation as you begin your life as an adult.

French Schools

How to successfully choose a school in France

Any child living in France has the right to join the French education system. He or she can attend either
the local state school or a private school or even one of the many bilingual schools, either state run or
private depending on their needs. State schools are naturally free but private school are often considerably cheaper than you would imagine. Most are run by the Catholic Church and are heavily subsidised by them. Of course prices will vary from school to school and one region to another however to give you an idea our school fees are under 600EUR per annum for 2 children, one in college and one in primary school. School days will vary from one region to another but the general week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for primary schools with Wednesday mornings to for the over 11s. In some areas children also attend school on Saturday mornings but will enjoy longer holidays in compensation.

Between the age of 3 and 5 children can join an “ecole maternelle” or nursery school. Children in this age group do not have formal education but undertake creative activities such drawing, painting, modelling and cooking. They will normally have a sieste after lunch although each school will have different rules regarding the upper ages for this.

From the age of 6 to 11 children must attend a primary school or “ecole primaire”. Here they will learn the traditional subjects of French, Maths, Geography, History and Science plus English from 9 onwards,
computer studies, sports, art and crafts. Schools generally provide before and after school care for a
very small price so children with working parents can be left from 7.30 am until 7.00 pm. There is no
school on Wednesday for this age group but hours tend to be longer than the UK. Most start at 8.45 or
9.00am and finish at 16.15 or 16.30 with 1 1/2 hours for lunch.

Lunch is usually excellent both in terms of value and healthiness. A full 3 course menu is provided with
the vegetables and fruit provided.

From the age of 11 to 16 children attend “college” or secondary schools where a broader spectrum of subjects are learnt. Many college will have special classes for children with a talent for football, languages etc so the timetable is adapted to include additional lessons in these subjects. Children attend college on Wednesday morning and travel by bus is provided for a very small price to and from college for all pupils.

At the age of 16 children either move onto “Lycee” (6th form college) or specialist schools to study
vocational subjects. The “baccalaureat” is the equivalent to A-levels but covers more subjects. There are various different biases from science, languages or technological which are designed to lead the children into the next stage of their educational life e.g. university, apprenticeships etc.

As a general rule of thumb children will attend university of further education centres in the nearest
prefectoral town returning home every weekend. Lodgings are available for the educational year, details of which will be provided by the university etc.

Sport is covered up to lycee age with many additional clubs meeting at college and lycee during lunch times although extra curriculum activities like sports, art and music are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays outside of the schooling system.