VHS seniors, needing college money, are encouraged to begin applying early

At a financial workshop, held Monday night at the VHS cafeteria, seniors were told to apply early and follow up regarding college assistance.

Both, VHS counselor Jolene Sanders and Julia Robinson, assistant director of financial aid at UCA, spoke. They addressed paperwork, deadlines and sources for college assistance. They urged seniors to begin applying for scholarships by Oct. 1, and to meet deadlines.  Students were told to explore every avenue including lottery scholarships, private scholarships, service scholarships, business scholarships, organization scholarships as well as college scholarships.

Listing some potential scholarship opportunities, students were told to “look at what you use on a daily basis,” Proctor and Gamble products, Coke and Pepsi products, Nike, etc. and to explore what all offer. You might have to write essays or provide transcripts, Robinson said. She urged students to “get with parents,” to make sure all sites are legitimate.  

No one likes the paperwork, Robinson said, adding that it is necessary for achieving success.  Students, with any health issues, were told to check into Arkansas rehab scholarships. It was said there may be help for students with bad knees, diabetes, ADHD and other health issues.

Also, Sanders told students to not use their school email but create personal emails to use when applying. Check on them regularly, she added, as soon as you begin applying and “follow up. “

“Don’t miss deadlines,” she stressed.  

Sanders said she will be staying after school, on Mondays, beginning Oct. 1, until about 7 p.m., to assist students and parents with forms and applications. She also reminded the audience to check the counselor’s corner on the school website for updates.