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How Do Scholarships Work?

You just received your college tuition bill and realize that you still need about $3,000 to cover all your expenses. Worst of all, the money is due in three weeks. Unfortunately, your parents are tapped out and your bank account is completely empty. In a panic, you turn to the Internet and starting applying for every scholarship you can find. As the days tick by, you patiently wait for a check that never comes. Does this sound familiar?

Here at ScholarshipExperts.com, we often get flooded with calls and emails in late July and early August from students desperately seeking financial assistance. These students may have miscalculated their total cost of attendance, or perhaps they overestimated the total amount of financial aid they might receive from their schools. Whatever the reason, they all have two things in common. One, they neglected to have a back-up plan in place, just in case their financial aid packages fell through. And two, they started the scholarship search process about six months too late.

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Unigo Group Awards over $100,000 in Scholarships

Are you familiar with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Of course you are. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt seen the thousands of videos (and failures) making the rounds on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media channels. The success of this campaign (to date it has raised over $107 million) has spawned yet another charity plea across Twitter — #PayMyTuitionChallenge. Students are asking celebrities, millionaires, and large corporations to step up and help them make their college dreams a reality. One company, though, has already accepted that challenge, but well before a single tweet ever hit the stream.

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Scholarships for the Working Joe (or Jane!)

In recognition of Labor Day, we wanted to take a moment to pay homage to those who contribute to the health and well-being of our nation on a daily basis. You know who were are talking about; the average working Joe or Jane who does what’s needed to ensure his or her family is provided for and our communities continue to run efficiently.  These hardworking citizens include postal and sanitation workers, law enforcement personnel, teachers, construction workers, nurses, and even those smiling people behind the deli counter who make your sandwich every afternoon. Without them, our lives wouldn’t be the same. That’s why this Labor Day holiday we’ve decided to highlight a few scholarship programs that are specifically for those who currently work in or are planning a career in these fields.

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5 Items to Include in Your Scholarship Portfolio

Students are heading back to school, which means one thing — scholarship season is about to go into full swing. With the majority of scholarship deadlines falling between October and April, now is a good time to gather the necessary documents required for many of these programs. You will find that having these items available in a central location, otherwise known as a scholarship portfolio, will not only make the scholarship application process easier, but also less stressful. In general, the following five items should always be kept up-to-date and included in your scholarship portfolio.

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3 Ways Geocaching and Scholarship Hunting Are Alike

Are you familiar with the term geocaching? It’s basically a massive scavenger hunt that can be played locally or even worldwide. The activity was originally called gpsstashing, but some people thought the word ‘stash’ might have a negative connotation. So, the term geocaching was adopted instead. Geocaching is very similar to letterboxing, which was played in the 1800s. Participants would use clues to guide others to hidden treasures. Although modern-day geocaching has been around for more than a decade, it’s really gained in popularity over the last few years thanks to smartphone apps and online games. When you think about it, geocaching is very similar to scholarship hunting. In fact, we found three distinct qualities that both possess.

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