Scholarships Available
OHS College and Scholarship Updates

Seniors and Parents -See below for some newly available scholarship opportunities.Remember to review the requirements before digging into the application. Also - this is only a partial list.We will continue to add to our website (below) and will also put information in the Counseling Office (see folders across from Mrs. Earixson's desk).

*If you have not completed the FAFSA (Federal Application for Free Student Aid) and intend to attend college or vocational school - make sure you get it completed.

New College and Career Website for Olathe High School - Click here to check out the Olathe PoWeR website. It is a work in progress (so right now it is very basic!). The master list is still in progress so check back frequently.More local scholarship opportunities will open up in the next few weeks through the Montrose Community Foundation and a local Common Scholarship Application - I will keep you posted.

Terri Clark - Guidance Counselor 970-252-7957
Jill Henwood- Career and College Advisor -
970.261.5843

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Scholarship Update
A few currently open scholarship opportunities that Olathe students might qualify for.
*Paper copies of the scholarships that are not online applications can be picked up in the Counseling Office as well. (Check on the wall rightacross from Mrs. Earixson's desk.)*
DMEA Scholarship:Click here for details
Local scholarship provider (at least one Olathe student will win a scholarship for any college/university, and a specific scholarships if you are thinking about CMU-Montrose or Delta-Montrose Vo-Tech.
Colorado Masons' Benevolent Fund Association - Scholarships available for vocational school and college (two separate applications) so it is a great opportunity for students going either route. Read information online.See Mrs. Henwood if you want to apply and she can help you set up an interview (required).
Western Colorado Community Foundation Scholarships-Click here for information. Scroll down and click on Montrose County to see scholarships available for Montrose Count students.Various scholarships, including ones forScholarships for students going to Mines, interested in business, or nursing or interested in vocational school. These scholarships are western-Colorado based so the pool of candidates is smaller (:
Law Offices of Dianne Sawaya Denver Safe Driver Scholarship - Click here for information.You must write an essay or create a video about how you prevent distracted driving.
These scholarships and more can be found on our Olathe PoWeR website - Click here!
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Tips for Searching for Scholarships
*Never pay to search for scholarships - there are too many free tools!
*Some scholarship search pages you have to register and/or provide an email.I receive an email from Fastweb every day with scholarship opportunities - you need to decide if you want to sign up for that.
*Check the scholarship page at any schools you are interested in.For example - google Colorado Mesa University Scholarships and it will take you to the CMU general scholarship page.
*Use scholarship search tools that you can put in information about you/your interests to narrow down your search.
*Use Google- the internet is an amazing thing. Used well, it can help you narrow down your search quickly.Used poorly, you waste a lot of time. Don't be afraid to type in "scholarships for first generation college students interested in math".
*If neither of your parents received a college degree -you are considered a first generation college student. There are a lot of opportunities for first generation college students - use that to your advantage!
*Know your approximate family income - know your college funding NEED.If your family qualifies for free/reduced lunch (or makes less than approximately $55,000/year), you will qualify for many scholarships.Some scholarships are need-based (meaning your financial need), so know your family income so it can help guide you to fitting need-based scholarships.
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Tips for Applying for Scholarships
  • Make sure you match the qualifications for the scholarship - read the scholarship requirements thoroughly.Don't waste your time or theirs if you don't meet the requirements.
  • Be organized.Stay on top of deadlines, gather all documents, and make copies of everything you submit. It’s a good idea to send your applications by certified mail to make sure they’re received.If organization is not a strength of yours - enlist help (parents, friends, Mrs. Henwood)

  • Be honest.Don't exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. You’re more likely to receive scholarships if you focus on the ones that match your interests and skills.

  • Brag. You need to sell yourself to let the readers know why you are a great candidate.

  • Follow instructions carefully.Some scholarships require you to write an essay while others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what’s requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.
  • Never pay to apply for a scholarship

  • Questions over break?
    Students and/or parents - feel free to text or call Mrs. Henwood at 970.261.5843
Post-Secondary Planning
What's Next after Graduation?
If you have questions regarding your senior and applying to colleges, financial aid, vocational school or entering the workforce, please feel free to contact College and Career Advisor Jill Henwood.  She can meet with you and your senior, or just your senior.  Click here to email Mrs. Henwood
jill.henwood@mcsd.org
970.252.7950 Ext. 427