Figuring out where to start can be a challenge. To begin with, it is important to know what scholarships are available. Once you have identified the ones you are interested in, it is important to remember that some will require you to submit your application through Lafayette, while applications for others must be sent directly to the scholarship organization.
Having identified the programs that interest you, you need to pay attention to their eligibility and selection criteria.
You should not limit your scholarship search to those scholarships for which you are currently eligible. Plan ahead for those you would like to apply for down the road. This is true regardless of your class year. For example, as a first- or second-year student, consider scholarships that you might be interested in as a junior or senior, and begin to identify ways to put forth a competitive application.
It is NEVER TOO EARLY to start!
Once you decide to apply, in addition to filling out application forms and obtaining official transcripts, you will also need to write your scholarship essays, put together a résumé, ask for strong letters of recommendation and, where applicable, prepare for a scholarship selection interview.