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10 Summer Scholarships for High School Seniors

It’s hard to believe that my daughter will be graduating next year. In a mere 11 months, she will no longer be a high school student. She, of course, reminds me of this on a daily basis, but I’m not sure she really understands how quickly that time will pass. Right now, she seems oblivious to the quantity of work that lies ahead. Instead of working on her résumé or writing college essay drafts, she’s working on her tan. One thing, however, has not escaped her to-do list…scholarships. After narrowing down her list of potential colleges, she’s come to the realization that mom was right — college is expensive. And with the cost of attendance ranging between $17,000 and $53,000 per year, she knows that the only way she can possibly afford to attend any of her top choices is to find some free money to help lower her costs. Right now is the perfect time for her to work on scholarship applications, too. She doesn’t have homework or rehearsals to worry about, so she can give them her full attention. If you are a rising high school senior, you too should use the next few weeks to complete as many scholarships as possible. To get you started, here are 10 summer scholarships that you can submit before you head back to school.

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Stay On Track With a Scholarship Application Organizer

When you start working on scholarship applications, you may find that it’s very easy to lose track of which programs you have already applied to and which ones you still need to complete. Many scholarship search tools provide a way for you to manage the scholarships within their own databases, but what happens if you use more than one resource to locate scholarships? It can be pretty time consuming jumping from website to website trying to figure out what’s next on your scholarship agenda. The best way to keep track of everything on your plate is to create a system to organize it all in one place. You could use the old-fashioned system of office folders, but I personally prefer using an Excel spreadsheet to ensure I never miss a scholarship deadline. If you’ve never created one before, don’t worry; it’s very simple. Just follow these steps and you’ll soon have your very own scholarship application organizer.

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3 Ways NOT to Start a Scholarship Essay

If you ask students what they hate most about applying for scholarships, most of them will tell you that writing essays is the worst part (Well, that and not winning them, but that’s a topic for another post). And, it doesn’t matter if the essay requires 250 words or several thousand; most students would simply rather spend their time searching for ‘no essay’ scholarships than sit down and write another scholarship essay. Unfortunately, most scholarship providers aren’t willing to hand over free money for college without a little effort, and that’s where the essay comes into play. It not only gives providers more insight into your life, but it also helps them weed out potential candidates, especially when several have similar academic records. For those scholarship programs that don’t even consider your grade point average or financial need, the essay is the one thing that will set you apart from the other applicants. With so much riding on the line (no pun intended), it’s important to grab your reader’s attention immediately, which means you have  about two to five sentences to impress the committee or else your essay is headed to the ‘denied’ stack. If you want a shot at having your entire paper read, there are three things you should avoid using in the introductory paragraph of your essay.

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Ice Cream and the 4th of July – A Perfect Scholarship Match!

I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about the 4th of July that screams summer is finally here! Maybe it’s the backyard barbecues or the family outings to the beach. Maybe, it’s the brilliantly colored fireworks that make us all feel like kids again. Or, quite possibly, it’s simply because it happens to fall during National Ice Cream Month.

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How to Answer Common Scholarship Interview Questions

If you read my recent post, “5 Tips for Successful Scholarship Interviews,” you already have a good idea of what to expect during the scholarship selection process, including the common scholarship interview questions you might receive. But, do you know how to answer those questions? Some of them may seem rather simple, but your answers could ultimately make or break your chances of scoring the award. Remember, this is your one and only chance to impress the scholarship review board or committee chairperson, so you’ll need to have a game plan before entering the arena. But don’t worry — I have a few tips to help you ace some of the most frequently used scholarship interview questions. Here are five that you are likely to receive during most of your interviews.

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