Scholarship Applications

Have you applied to various scholarship programs, but just don’t seem to be lucky enough to win? You are not alone. The majority of students apply to handful of scholarships and then give up. Although you may not win every scholarship on your list, we’ll give you some helpful advice on how to spot a scholarship scam, tips for writing a winning essay, and how to put together a smart scholarship strategy that will move your applications from the trash can to the winner’s pile. Just remember one thing — you can’t win if you don’t apply!

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Let’s Play Bust-a-Scholarship-Myth!

You’ve probably come across several of the long-standing scholarship myths that linger on the Internet, like the one that claims millions in scholarship dollars goes unclaimed each year. Although it’s not entirely false, it is very misleading. Yes, some scholarships are not disbursed, but not because they are secret or nobody applied; in most cases, the scholarship criteria was too narrow or the pool of applicants did not yield an eligible match. Another common myth is that you have to be under 24 to win any scholarships. This is totally false. There are oodles of scholarship programs that help adult learners and non-traditional students pay for college. Wondering what other scholarship myths may be stretching the truth? Check out this week’s post from Unigo.com, “5 Common Scholarship Myths Busted.”


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Scholarship Tips from Unigo.com

Ever wonder why some students seem to have all the luck when it comes to winning scholarships? Well, first of all, luck rarely has anything to do with it. In general, students are awarded institutional aid (scholarships from their colleges) based on high academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, and/or family income level. But, that doesn’t mean you need brains or an empty bank account to score some free cash. No, there are literally thousands of private scholarships available that just about anyone can win, if you follow some simple suggestions. Intrigued? Head over to Unigo.com and check out its latest financial aid post, “5 Tips for Winning Scholarships.


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3 Cringe-Worthy Scholarship Mistakes to Avoid

Many students complain that they apply and apply for scholarships, but never seem to win. Yes, scholarship programs are very competitive; especially when you have thousands of students vying for one award. So, what can you do to help boost your chances of making it into the winner’s circle? I wish there was an easy answer, but our friends at Unigo.com may be able to provide some help. They have uncovered three critical scholarship mistakes that will fast-track your application to the declined list nearly every time.

Want to learn more?  Head over to Unigo.com right now and read “3 Things That Make Scholarship Judges Cringe.”


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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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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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