I never think about this until random times. Saturday at the choir concert I thought to mention it to one of Mike's drummers that is starting to UAB in the fall, but it never crosses my mind until odd times, there is still money laying around for school folks. Mike actually taught me this tidbit, and it used to drive me crazy. When Mike was in high school his private percussion instructor told him to save all of his programs and anything that he participated in, as I said, it used to drive me crazy because as a performance major those programs lead to three very large boxes. Now here is where I learned something pre-counseling, that I will share now, those programs, lead to money. Mike had a scholarship from Dawson First Baptist Church for a couple of years, and another scholarship from another church earlier in his days at Samford. He had played in a few church programs and had proof of performance and it helped land him about 1,500 bucks a semester (that is dorm fees for almost every school).
Another place to look for random money is in the career center at your local university. Anyone that has ever worked with children can find babysitting jobs, child care jobs, or nursery attendant positions at church's. Briarwood comes to mind, it is five dollars a child (or it was) to drop off a child, and they paid someone a nice salary once a month to keep the nursery, and at that time it was a college aged person.
I remember applying for the random scholarships, such as the left handed scholarship and the asthma scholarship, but, I like Mike was always able to find some random money throughout the year, like the 1,500 I got for marching and concert band (dorm anyone?). Even better, the work study money that I did not have to pay back and I was able to do most of it through the band.
Finally, my favorite one, that Samford helped with automatically, some of the incoming freshman need to get on the phone and see what is left, unclaimed money. May 1st is national acceptance day, that is the day that anyone receiving any money for their freshman year has to notify their university that they will accept the money. SO, what happens to the rest of the money? Well, I had a friend who graduated a couple of years before I did who knocked the ACT out of the park with like a 29, and ended up with a whopping 1,000 to Birmingham Southern, that's how she avoided working while at Southern during the school year, because the UNCLAIMED Presidential Scholarship covered tuition and books. Now she did call the second week of May asking for unclaimed money, but it never hurts to call and say hey, I am little short do you know of any money I could still try to get?
Like I said, I hated those boxes that Mike carried around, but, they were worth about 15,000 after the end of five years (that's like a years tuition at UAB).