GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Millions of scholarships nationwide are available for students, but according to scholarship-guide.com, thousands of dollars go unused each year simply because no one has applied for them.
The March 1 application deadline for many scholarships is just weeks away and many students are confused on where to begin.
"I'm just not really educated on the scholarships or how to really go about applying for them or where to look," says Steven Zeigler, freshman at MSC.
Zeigler has never applied for scholarships because the application process has always been too intimidating, but he says if he had help, he would apply.
"Yeah definitely. I mean if the resources are there and it's that simple to get something done, then yeah, I would apply for the scholarship," he says.
Zeigler isn't the only student who is clueless about the scholarship application process. "There's so many, I don't even know where to start looking," says Maddie Orr, another freshman at MSC.
That's where Mesa State's Department of Financial Aid comes in.
"February 21, coming up we have something called College Goal Sunday where we will be helping students fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid and answering general scholarship and financial aid questions here on campus," says Curt Martin, director of Financial Aid.
Martin says it just takes some patience to browse scholarship Web sites like fastweb.com and Mesa State's own financial aid Web site.
"There's probably quite a few scholarships that students don't know about at this time. I really do encourage students if you're attending Mesa State College, to look at our Web site," says Martin.
Mesa State has department scholarships and general scholarships listed on its Web site. Martin encourages everyone to apply, because they might be surprised at what they're eligible for.
"I've seen a lot of people that don't apply for scholarships and because they think they're not going to get it and one other person applies for that scholarship that they could have beat," says Martin.
In some cases, Martin says he's seen students pay for their entire higher education and room and board with private scholarship money. Which is something Zeigler is hoping to cash in on.
"Do I need them, maybe. Do I want them, yeah! Scholarships would definitely help out," says Zeigler.
New this semester Mesa State College has introduced a financial aid program called Mav Works. A work study program for middle-class students that can earn them $2,400 a year while working on campus.
MSC will also be hosting a minority scholarship seminar on Feb. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the library.