Scholarships are a great source of aid because they, like grants, are gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Students are encouraged to seek out scholarship opportunities. Scholarships generally require an application and essay. The deadline to apply varies by the scholarship. Students are encouraged to begin searching for scholarships early as some scholarships may have January deadlines (for scholarships applied to the following Fall semester)
Henry Ford Community College Scholarships
Henry Ford Community College Foundation offers several scholarships to support students from diverse backgrounds and interests who seek education in a wide variety of programs on campus. The eligibility criteria and application requirements vary. Further information regarding scholarship opportunities, requirements and the application process can be obtained by visiting the HFCC Foundation website.
Scholarships from Outside Sources
In addition to scholarships offered through HFCC, scholarships are available from many other sources including high schools, places of worship, community civic groups, and employers. We encourage students to check with their high school counselor, the reference section of the library, and organizations you and/or your parents may be affiliated with. In addition, internet search engines can result in finding many scholarship opportunities.
Some websites that may be helpful with your search for scholarships include:
- http://studentaid.ed.gov (follow the "Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard" link)
Avoiding Scams When Looking for Scholarships
Unfortunately, some individuals or companies find students and parents in need of ways to pay for college as easy targets for scholarship scams. The Federal Trade Commission cautions students in search of scholarships to be wary of any individual or organization that asks for money by claiming any of the following:
- “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”
- “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”
- “I need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”
- “We will do all the work.”
- “The scholarship will cost some money.”
- “You have been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship or ‘you are a finalist’ in a contest you never entered.”
The Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Education, and Office of Inspector General have excellent information regarding financial aid scams and warning signs. More information cbe found at: