By Micah Holcombe
Bell County Extension
Applications for many scholarships are now available through the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Bell County 4-H Program. High school seniors should visit the Bell County 4-H website if they are interested in applying for these scholarships: http://agrilife.org/bell4h/4-h-activities/scholarships/.
Many of the deadlines are early this year, so be sure to get your applications completed as soon as possible.
If you need help completing a scholarship form, call (254) 933-5305 to make an appointment, and we will be glad to work with you. Applications for Texas 4-H scholarships are due Feb. 1 to the Extension office, but agents must check and review the applications before sending them off to district, so bring applications to the Extension office by Jan. 17 so we have adequate time to check and review them. Other scholarships and deadlines (including scholarships for all youth, not just 4-H) are available at the website.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA, is available to graduating seniors applying for college. FAFSA determines eligibility for students to receive financial aid. Most scholarships, colleges, universities and grants require FAFSA information when rewarding other forms of school funds to students.
Make sure and be ready for your senior year. Remember, you only have four months until graduation and deadlines are not forgiving when it comes to college applications, financial aid or scholarships. It is a really great idea to make a checklist and mark your calendar with all the deadlines you need to meet.