Scholarships can be college life savers.  Just a little effort in some cases and you could receive money for college expenses.  Here are some resources about how to find them and how to apply.

FRCS Scholarships:

Thanks to the generosity of the FRCS community and the dedication of the FRCS Scholarship Committee, scholarships are available for our seniors.  Download the FRCS Scholarship Application.   Applications are due to the Guidance Office by 3:30 p.m. on April 18th, 2014.

Merit Scholarships:

  • Are offered by the school; not applied for
  • Given to “well rounded” students; i.e. has good grades, does extra curricular activities, and has strong recommendations
  • Generally span all four years of college
  • Can be lost due to inadequate grades

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship:

  • Given by the state of Massachusetts
  • Student must score “Advanced” on either Math or English ELA, and proficient in the other, or be withing the top 25% of scores in the state
  • Only to be used at public universities, colleges, and community colleges
  • Must be a legal resident of the state
  • Spans all 4 years of college
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep the scholarship

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Athletic Scholarships:

  • Awarded for excelence in a certain sport; “recruited” by the college either in person or online
  • Can fully pay for tuition in some cases
  • More money from more athletically competitive schools
  • Larger scholarships for more popular sports
  • Often lost because student is caught drinking
  • Must maintain a certain GPA
  • Spans as long as you are active on the sports team

Art Scholarships:

  • Given based on skill
  • Require a portfolio
  • Generally given by art schools or schools with art programs
  • May be any type of art (Painting, photography, drawing, etc.)

Other Scholarships:

The universe is full of scholarships for just about everything. There are tons of them out there, most requiring just a short essay about why you’re the most eligible for it.
Scholarships come in all sizes, from full tuition to just $50 for books. However, any money is helpful when paying for college. Applying for any and all scholarships possible is the best bet for students. Writing a ten-minute essay now is worth not having to worry over paying astronomical student loans later.

Keeping (or losing) Scholarships:

Scholarships often have conditions to them and many things can put scholarships in jeopardy.  Most merit scholarships require students to complete their high school academics in good standing and maintain similar performance through graduation.  The greatest risk to any scholarship is poor choices that compromise a student’s character or academic standing.  In addtion, any criminal charges are likely to dramatcially affect scholaships.  Drug and alcohol use are also common causes to lose scholarships.  Most colleges can access potential students’ Facebook and Twitter pages.  This information can also reflect poorly on students so they should post content responsibly.