Students search for scholarships

By Erika Brock

At the end of March, early April, all students receive information about how much they receive in scholarship money from the school along with the federal loans and grants.

Next year tuition will be $28,060. If students plan to live on campus, plus be here for winter term the total will be 39,870. President of Franklin College, Jay Moseley said this is only a two percent increase from last year.

One of the ways students have to make up this difference is through scholarships.

“I would tell other students to look into what they are involved in and look for scholarships that pertain to them,” freshman Adam Flamion said.

Elizabeth Stappenfield, director of financial aid, said the best time to look for scholarships is constantly. Local opportunities usually occur sooner and she suggested beginning to look in the fall and winter.

For national scholarships, Stappenfield said to look on sites such as,,,, and—these were the top five national free scholarship search sites according to U.S News and World Report.

“When searching for scholarships, on a national level, look for awards that are for a unique or specific to a trait or skill that you may have.  The more specific the criteria the less applicants in the pool and the better your chances of receiving the award,” Stappenfield said.

As well as looking on national websites, Professor Ann Barton “encourages students to go back to their community foundations in their hometown.”

Senior Leslie Johnson agreed with Barton and said that was where she received extra scholarships during her time at FC.

Not only are there outside sources for scholarships, but Franklin College is notified of scholarships and those scholarships will be posted on MyFC under Student Financial Services.

“The advice I would give is to take the time to search for scholarships and don’t pass up applying for an award because the amount is small, every little bit helps,” Stappenfield said.”When applying for scholarships take your time and fully complete the application and submit all requested information along with it.  Don’t give them a reason to not give you an award.”

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Ashley Shuler is the executive editor of The Franklin. She has held various multimedia journalism and public relations internships, including positions at Indianapolis Monthly, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Dittoe Public Relations.

When she isn’t staying up late to edit stories, Ashley spends her time boutique shopping and drinking as much vanilla Coke as possible.

This is Ashley’s third year in a leadership role and her fourth year on The Franklin staff. She previously held positions as web editor and news editor.

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