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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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Simple Ways to Win College Money

Does it seem like there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish everything? Even during the summer break, my schedule is overflowing with appointments and projects that need to be completed. Once classes resume, it will only get worse — especially for high school seniors. Some of you simply won’t have the time, or the energy, to sit down and write a 10-page essay or run around gathering documents for a lengthy scholarship application. Luckily, not all scholarship programs take hours of preparation. Some scholarships are out there that can be completed in 30 minutes or less. And, if you really have an aversion to writing essays or filling out detailed forms, there are some fun and creative contests that have prize funds that are no laughing matter. Here are just a few simple ways you can win college money without a huge investment of time.

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Intro to Scholarships – A Beginner’s Guide

Is this your first time searching for college scholarships? Are you not sure where even to begin? Don’t worry; thousands of other students are just as confused as you are right now. But, you have taken a step in the right direction by reading this post. I know it can be a bit overwhelming when you think about how much college costs, but take a deep breath and relax. The funding is out there, you just need to know where to find it and, more importantly, how to secure it. Over the years, I have offered advice on every aspect of the financial aid game, from searching for scholarships to writing a stellar essay. So, I dug deep into my archives to create a list of the most important topics you’ll need to know to help you go from novice to expert scholarship hunter in no time flat. But, before you start reading this intro to scholarships, I think it’s a good idea for you to know a few things up front.

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Creative Ways to Fund a Study Abroad Experience

Can you image completing your homework assignments under the shade of the Eiffel Tower or in a remote village in a South American country? If so, a study abroad experience may be in your future. College is one of the few moments in your life where you can take some risks and try new things, such as studying in a foreign land. With so many programs to choose from, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination and your wallet. Although most colleges and universities offer a wide variety of study abroad experiences, very few programs are covered completely by your financial aid. In most cases, you’ll need additional funding to help cover all the expenses you’ll incur during your time away. Not only will you need to pay for tuition during the semester (or longer), but you’ll also need funding to cover travel expenses, insurance, and living expenses — just to name a few. Unless you have a wealthy relative or some cash stashed away, you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to travel abroad. In fact, it’s best to start saving for a study abroad experience at least 12 to 18 months in advance, if not longer. Not sure where to start? Consider these creative ways to fund your study abroad experience.

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