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Financial help for post-secondary studies can come from a few different sources:

1. Merit Scholarships: Scholarships from an individual institution based on Academic or Performance Criteria. 

2. Need-Based Scholarships and Grants: Scholarships from an individual institution based on Financial Need demonstrated by FAFSA completion.

3. Philanthropic Scholarship: Scholarships from for-profit and non-profit organizations based on application requirements.

For Merit and Need-Based Scholarships, students needs to research and meet all individual application deadlines and requirements set by each institution. Please visit the institution's Scholarship and/or Financial Aid webpages for more information. In most cases, this means meeting an early admissions deadline to be eligible for Merit Scholarships.

For Philanthropic Scholarships, students an utilize a variety of scholarship databases and search tools to locate scholarship opportunities. Any Philanthropic Scholarship opportunities that are communicated to staff at CHS are shared in “CHS Scholarship News” on the bottom right side of this page. As scholarship information is available, the Guidance Department will post the information here periodically. You can even subscribe to the newsfeed and be emailed EVERY time a new scholarship news story is added!

To subscribe to the “CHS Scholarship News,” select the gold alert icon. You will be prompted to create a login. (Parents, you should use the email address you have on file and create a password.) Once your login is created, you can choose which newsfeed you would like to follow. Be sure to select CHS Guidance and CHS Scholarships!

Note: Local Scholarships for the CHS Class of 2022 will be posted in late January 2022.


Basic Scholarship Information

Information about a number of scholarships is sent to Centerville High School each year by the sponsoring organizations.  In an attempt to inform students and parents about these scholarships, this page is updated throughout the year. Please check this page periodically.

Scholarships listed are for current seniors unless otherwise noted. This page is not a complete list of all available scholarships. Scholarships other than those listed here may also be available.  It is wise to check all resources.

Information dealing with scholarships offered by a college or university can be found in the application packet or view book of that school.

It is the responsibility of the interested student to follow through with the pursuit of any scholarships; that is, to request any needed additional information and/or application forms, to complete the application process, and to meet all deadlines.  Students should see their Unit Counselor if assistance is needed.


Scholarship Tips

1. Meet the deadline – a day late is too late.

2. Ask someone to look over your application packet to be sure you filled in all required blanks and signatures.

3. Type your essay and be sure you addressed the topic completely.  Don’t expect to write a good essay in five minutes. Write; rewrite; and then read your essay aloud.  You don’t have to have grand aspirations to write a good essay.  Write about realistic goals and plans.

4. Ask for reference letters early.  Asking a teacher or employer to write a letter two days before the scholarship deadline is too risky.  You don’t want to depend on someone else making YOUR deadline.  Reference letters should always be typed and include the name, address, phone number and relationship of the recommender.

5. Prepare an outline of the following:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Volunteer/Community Service
  • Jobs/Employment  


Beware of Scholarship Scams!

Don’t be cheated out of your money by someone promising too-good-to-be-true offers of financial aid!  Each year some families of students applying to college are victimized by scam artists posing as counselors who guarantee financial aid, scholarships, and grants to students for an up-front finder’s fee.  Before you hand over any of your money, see if your counselor passes this test: 

  • Is he or she guaranteeing results?
  • Is an up-front fee required?
  • Is he or she offering to do the work for you?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, you may be dealing with a fraudulent scheme.  Be wary. These scams are usually advertised in campus newspapers, flyers, direct mail, and on the Web.  Don’t become the next victim.  Call 1-800-876-7060 for a free check from the National Fraud Information Center. 

The latest scholarship offerings will be posted here. You can check this page often or subscribe to alerts by clicking on the orange bell icon.

CHS Scholarship News