Intangibles of scholarships and financial aid represent the many areas which may uniquely qualify you for college admission, scholarships, and other sources of financial aid. Many colleges want to create a diverse student body. Your race, religion, political views, gender, socioeconomic background, passions, and personal obstacles may match the institutional goals of a college or scholarship provider. Your gifts and talents in such areas as music, dance, athletics, art, or creative writing may match the talents a college or scholarship provider desires to support. Know who you are (i.e., gifts, talents, family background, passions, and aspirations) and identify those colleges and scholarship providers looking for students like you.
Who you are: ethnicity, gender, religion, country of national origin, citizenship status, ward of the state, family background, type of secondary school attended, first generation to attend college, siblings currently attending college, legacy student
Where you live: state of legal residence, type of community (e.g., urban, rural, suburban, farming, migrant), area affected by a natural disaster (i.e., earthquake, hurricane, fire, flood)
Who your parents are: graduates or employees of the college you are applying to, never attended college, migrant workers, government employees, military personnel, law enforcement, employees of a company providing scholarships to dependent children, unemployed or displaced workers, incarcerated
Unique achievements and hardships: starting a business, nonprofit organization, or initiative at your school; publishing a book, writing a play, or composing music; experiencing homeless, being displaced by a natural disaster, or experiencing the death or permanent disability of a parent