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If you don't know, I'm currently a senior in high school.  I plan on attending Arkansas State University, but am also considering Missouri State and Hendrix (a prestigious private college).  

Last year, I could receive the Chancellor's scholarship from ASU, which covered tuition, room, board, and a $600 per semester stipend.  However, they redefined their scholarships for the upcoming year.  Now, the highest scholarship I qualify for only covers half of tuition and room.

I currently have a 4.0 GPA and a 27 on the ACT.  I'm retaking the ACT again next month, hopefully making a 29 and getting full tuition paid.

Anyway, I need all the help I can get looking for scholarships.  Does anyone know of any state or federal money that I may qualify for?

Thanks,

Logan, AKA Hookemdown

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Hookem, there are TONS of stuff available.  Does your school have a Career Guidance Counselor?  If so, he/she should be able to provide you with a list of grants that are available to kids of your caliber.  Many grants are provided by Alums and are seldom publicized.  So, contact the colleges you are interested in attending and have them send you a list.  Also contact both Federal and State agencies.  Research, Research, Research!

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 I've raised one college student and am in the process of 2 more. One of the first places you start is right after the first of the year filling out the FAFSA. www.fafsa.ed.gov  every school that gives scholarships requires this to determine your families income situation. This tells your economic needs and determines what you can get for Federal and possibly state assistance. In IL it also satisfies the state automaticaly as well.

 Here's another pretty good site for information http://www.finaid.org/

As was mentioned your guidance counselor should have been talking to you long before now. Don't wait for them to call you go see them. Finishing in the top ten of your class is a big + as well. Finishing as #1 in your class makes a difference as well.

 You can also check in a lot of other places. Depending on your field of study someone or group might have a scholarship. If you dad or mom belong to a union or an organization they often have them. Often the parents place of work offers a scholarship or 2.

I could go on but for now this might be a start

 Oh I almost forgot; singing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is not necessarily a good move for your college aplication! J/K  LOL

FFI - AKA Matt Crum

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If you have an idea of what you want to major in at these schools contact their department and ask if they offer any scholarships. Here at UTM each department gives scholarships to students varying from $500 to $2000 a semester. Our tuition is just a little over 3k.

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Definitely check with the counselor. If your school has a good one, he/she will be the best resource available to you.

What the heck is the ACT? Do people still take the SAT?

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Thanks for the suggestions guys.  I found a $1000 scholarship offered by my dad's union that I didn't know about.

What the heck is the ACT? Do people still take the SAT?

The ACT is a test similar to the SAT. Here's a map:

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Well there ya go, that's why I took the SAT instead of the ACT.

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Are you a minority with a 4.0?  If not, research your family tree until you find minority blood and then reapply for schlorship.  

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As an undergraduate recruiter for Louisiana State University, all I can do is tell you what LSU does regarding scholarships.

Every on-line applicant ($40) is screened for scholarshlps.

If you qualify, you can receive up to 100% of your tuition, fees, room and board.

You may also qualify for Honors School and live in an Honors dorm with other Honors students.

It is imperative that you VISIT the three schools you want to attend and discuss scholarship concerns, in person.

Ask what scholarships are available and how do you qualify?

A 4.0 is a great GPA.  Just remember the schools look at your CORE courses for determining scholarship money.  Then they look at your SAT or ACT scores.

The higher the SAT or ACT scores the better opportunity for scholarship money.

Good luck and GET THAT DIPLOMA!

College will be the best five or six years of your life.  ;)

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Your school doesn't provide this info to their students ?

Our school is terrible.  The counselor is a great guy, but he doesn't have the time to do "regular" counselor type jobs because the administration thinks he is also the scheduling and records department.  He's gave me a lot of information, I'm just looking for more.

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Don't forget the fundamental organizations around each city and town such as Lions Club, Rotary Int'l, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts, etc.  While the scholarships are not huge, they can add up if you are selected.  Gathering from your posts, you seem like a very capable young man who would be attractive to these groups.  At least it couldn't hurt.  Good luck!!!

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I found a $1000 scholarship offered by my dad's union that I didn't know about.

What the heck is the ACT? Do people still take the SAT?

The ACT is a test similar to the SAT. Here's a map:

 No problem Hook by the way my fee is 10%

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Hookemdown,

One more thing.

Schools that really want you will fight for you.

Two young ladies from Virginia had scholarships to Virginia Tech but we wanted them to go to LSU.

So LSU made them better offers and they are now in beautiful Louisiana enjoying some great weather and a fanstatic social life plus getting a great education.

So play one school against the other to see which ones want you the most.

Or just go to LSU and have a great five or six or seven years.  Some people don't want to graduate and leave the place.  ;)

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I think I remember you saying you like duck hunting. Maybe you could check with Duck's unlimited or other hunting organizations to see if they offer scholarships. Check with BASS too.

Have you decided on a major or career field? If so, you could contact  corporations in that field to find out if they offer scholarships.

Good luck. I can guarantee that you will find something with a 4.0 and a 27+ on the ACT and quite possiby a full ride.

I am very thankful that Georgia has the Hope Scholarship program because it saved me more than $25,000. I wish more states had this lottery based program.

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

I'm going to visit ASU and ask them about their Honors College, housing, and financial aid Thursday.  

Have you decided on a major or career field?

I'm 100% set on my major: Biological Sciences, Pre-Professional.  (Basically Pre-med)

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