Scholarships are a great source of monetary aid because, like grants, they are considered gifts and do not have to be repaid. Students are encouraged to seek out scholarship opportunities. Scholarships generally require an application and essay (although in some cases, a letter(s) of recommendation is required). The application process and deadline to apply varies by 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 College Scholarships
The Henry Ford 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 HFC Scholarships page.
Scholarships from Outside Sources
In addition to scholarships offered through HFC, 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 to which they or their parents may be affiliated with. In addition, Internet search engines may result in finding many scholarship opportunities.
Some websites that may be helpful with your search for scholarships include:
- www.scholarships.com; and
Avoiding Scams When Looking for Scholarships
Unfortunately, some individuals or companies find students and parents searching for ways to pay for college as easy targets for scholarship scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 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"; and
- "You have been selected by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship"; and
- "You are a finalist in a contest you never entered.”
The FTC, the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of the Inspector General have excellent information regarding financial aid scams and warning signs. More information can be found at: