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The Do’s & Don’ts of Writing a Personal Statement

You probably already know that personal statements are commonly used during the college admissions process. But, did you know that many scholarship programs require them, as well? Unlike your résumé or essay, this component of your application is often used by committees to get a better understanding of who you are as a person. Think of it like an extended Super Bowl commercial where you have a limited amount of time to grab your reader’s attention. If you have all the right elements, your reader will be interested in learning more about you, which may lead to an interview, or better yet…winning the scholarship!

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Laughter is Good for the Soul and Your Bank Account!

We all know that laughter is the best medicine, but did you also know that it could help you win some free cash for college? It’s true! ScholarshipExperts.com is once again offering the Make Me Laugh Scholarship, and one winner will be laughing all the way to the bank. To enter, simply share a funny or embarrassing moment from your life. A not-so-funny $1,500 is on the line, so you’ll need to seriously consider your response before submitting an application.

Need a little inspiration? Just think back to some of the moments shared on YouTube or America’s Funniest Videos that have made you laugh out loud. It doesn’t have to be anything outrageous, either. For example, maybe you made a grand entrance at your high school graduation, but it didn’t turn out exactly as you had planned.

Graduation Fail on Make A Gif

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Score a Touchdown With NFL Scholarships

Do you know why I love August so much? It’s not because the kids finally return to school or the weather starts to cool. No, I get excited because college and professional football is back. There’s no place I’d rather be on a Sunday afternoon than a packed football stadium cheering on my favorite team. It’s like a trip to Disneyland for adults. I can paint my face, wear a costume, and eat a ton of food that’s not good for me. Even when my team has a dismal season (and as a Jacksonville Jaguar fan, I’ve had plenty of those), I still support the organization and its players. I’m definitely not a bandwagon fan; through thick and thin, I bleed teal. Why? Few people realize just how much the 32 NFL teams and many of their players give back to local communities. You always hear about the arrests for bad behavior or the stupid remarks made on social media, but rarely do you see a story about the thousands of dollars they give annually to help students go to college. Here are just a few examples of players who are giving back to their communities.

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Five Scholarships for Bookworms

Did you know that August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day? It’s the perfect excuse to find a soft spot and read your favorite novel. Personally, my favorite place to get lost in a book is a warm bath, but it doesn’t come without some dangers. I have been known to doze off and drop my book in the water, or get so wrapped up in the story that I forget how long I have been in the tub. I usually snap back to reality when I start to shiver from the cold water and my toes have turned to prunes. Books are a wonderful way to escape, especially when you need a break from school or work. They can transport you to an alien world or bring back memories long forgotten. There’s something soothing about feeling the worn edges of a favorite book slip between your fingers. Of course, most people now consume their literature electronically, but that doesn’t lessen the power of the written word. And now, there’s an additional benefit to being a bonafide bookworm…scholarships! If you have a true thirst for reading, you can turn the pages of these books into another kind of paper — free money for college.

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Don’t Let Scholarships Scare You!

rolling eyesAs many of you may know, I have a daughter who is a senior in high school this year. For the last few years, I have gently reminded her that applying for scholarships would be a good use of her free time. I was typically met with a causal roll of the eyes or a promise to ‘look into it’ in the next few days, but I never saw her take any action. It wasn’t until this past spring, when she started to seriously look at colleges, that she realized how much money her education was going to cost. Now, she’s finally taking an interest in scholarships, and so are her friends. But, here’s the part that really surprised me. They didn’t put off applying for scholarships because of the work — it was because they were too afraid to start the process. Continue Reading…


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