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!

Scholarships are not a waste of time

5 Reasons Scholarships Are Not a Waste of Time

The other day, we came across a blog post where the author actually encouraged students not to apply for scholarships. Why? She claimed scholarships are a waste of time based on the low percentage of students who actually receive scholarships for college. One thing she neglected to consider was that maybe more students would actually receive scholarships if they would just take the time to apply. Far too many students overlook private scholarships, believing they are either unqualified, the competition is too high, or it takes too much work to win one. It’s a shame that so many students are missing out on the scholarship application experience. Even if they don’t win the scholarships, there are certainly skills and lessons to be learned along the way. Don’t believe me? Here are five reasons why we think scholarships are not a waste of time.

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When Completing Scholarship Applications, Time is Money

5 Tips for Completing More Scholarship Applications

Does your college to-do list seem like it’s getting longer instead of shorter? Do you find yourself rushing to complete scholarship applications at the last minute? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions, you’ll want to keep reading this post. We are going to give you five tips to help you accomplish more without adding hours to your daily schedule. Even if you are the world’s biggest procrastinator, these tips are going to help you get better organized and increase your productivity. Are you ready to have more chances to win free money for college? Let’s get started!

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5 Fun Ways to Find Scholarships

As most high school students can attest, finding and applying for scholarships can feel like a job. You can spend hours preparing applications and writing essays, all in the hopes of winning some free money for college. After a while, it can start to wear on you, especially when your friends are out having fun and you’re stuck behind a computer screen. Well, guess what? There’s no reason why you have to be alone while working on scholarships. In fact, it’s a lot more fun when you have some company. To make the process more enjoyable, I’ve put together a few suggestions on how you can increase your chances of finding more awards, which should increase your chances of winning, and have a great time, too.

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Recommendation Letters

How to Secure a Great Scholarship Recommendation Letter

If you are beginning your scholarship search, you have no doubt come across programs that require an application, a copy of your transcript, and one or more essays. These are common items for most scholarship programs, but many of the larger, more prestigious awards also require another document – the scholarship recommendation letter. Although similar to college admission recommendation letters, this additional component of your scholarship application can often play a vital part in moving your name from the rejection pile to the contenders’ list. With thousands of dollars often on the line, it’s not something that should be handled lightly; it takes some thought and a little planning to ensure you receive a recommendation that will stand out among the other applicants. If you want to secure a winning scholarship recommendation letter, consider the following tips.

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Who, What and Why

The Five W’s of College Scholarships

Most students and parents know that scholarships are an important part of the college financial aid process, but few may really understand how they differ from other types of aid. Unlike grants, loans and work-study programs, scholarships can sometimes be a bit more complex and elusive. Students cannot simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and expect scholarship money to appear magically; it takes a bit more work and creativity to win those coveted awards. Just as every good journalism student knows to include the “who, what, when, where and why” in every article, so too should every college student understand the five W’s of scholarships. In this article, I’ll break down each “W” and give students the keys to finding and winning scholarships!

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