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Scholarship Tips

Students interested in Fitchburg State University Scholarships can either pick up an application in the financial aid office (Anthony Room 108) or find them online beginning February 1st. All applications must be submitted to the financial aid office by March 1st. More information is available on Academic Works.

Interested in studying abroad? Check out the Diversity Abroad website for available scholarships available just for study abroad students!

Additional Sources for Scholarship Opportunities

  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Education Central - Worcester
  • Boston Public Library - Boston
  • University Financial Aid Office
  • Internet Sites (MS Word)
  • Student Support & Student Affairs Office
  • Local hometown/community
  • Parents' place of business
  • Clubs and organizations

Make sure to Thoroughly Read the Criteria of Each Scholarship Opportunity

  • Good academic performance - this may be important, but is often not the only requirement.
  • Community service - this includes volunteer activities.
  • Special interests/talents
  • Athletics
  • Hardships/obstacles
  • Interests and talents - music, art, drama - maybe you are a left-handed oboe player.

Possible Scholarship Timeline

January 1st - February 1st Do Taxes
  Research & Scholarships
  Request recommendation letters
February 1st - February 15th Reminders to letter writers
  Pickup Scholarship Applications
February 15th - March 1st Pickup recommendation letters (Fitchburg State scholarship application submitted by March 1)
March 15th Many scholarship apps. due. Don't be late.
April 1st - May 1st Track scholarship applications

* Please note: Each scholarship will carry its own deadline schedule.

Tips For Having The Best Chance To Receive A Scholarship:

  • Fill out the scholarship application. You have nothing to lose.
  • The personal statement is important and not taken lightly.
  • Be sure to stand out. Share something special about yourself.
  • Take your time. It should be well written.
  • Proof-read, proof-read, proof-read! Errors can be deadly.
  • Read the application. Follow instructions. Don't ignore deadlines.
  • Ask early for letters of recommendation from faculty and the staff community, club leaders, advisors, etc. You should be asking for letters at least, if not more, 2 weeks in advance. Choose someone who will actually write the letter.
  • Follow timelines. Doing so will ensure that your application gets there on time.

Finally - Give it a try. You have nothing to lose. These searches can take up some of your time, but the potential rewards are worth it. For scholarship programs seeking diversity, now may be a great time to highlight your uniqueness - race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, etc. Put your all into any scholarship opportunity. Your hard work should pay off eventually!