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!

Financing the American Dream: Resources for International Students

Scholarships for International StudentsAccording to a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, over 350 colleges provided financial aid to at least 50 students on their campuses last year. Among the top five colleges, which included Harvard University and Yale University, international students averaged financial aid award packages totaling more than $50,000 each. Even with those generous amounts, many international students still find it difficult to secure financial aid to help fund their studies. Unlike American students, who have access to federal student aid, most international students are limited to scholarships and/or private student loans, but finding these resources can take some work. If you are an international student, who is planning to enroll in a U.S. school, check out these websites for advice on applying to college and finding available financial aid. Continue Reading…

10 Scholarship Myths Debunked

Scholarship MythsAt a recent college fair, I encountered several students who decided that searching for scholarships was a complete waste of their time. I was amazed! Intrigued, I asked students why they had such a lack of enthusiasm for free college money, only to find that many had bought into those old scholarship myths that just won’t go away. Even some of the parents chimed in with excuses, which were all based on complete falsehoods. I’m not sure why these myths were first created.  Maybe they were a way to dissuade students from applying for scholarships or maybe they just sounded like good excuses for slacking off.  In either case, it’s time for them to vanish like old Halloween candy. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 scholarship myths that seem to be circulating these days. Continue Reading…

Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Scholarship

Starting a ScholarshipAccording to the most recent survey from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), only 12.8 percent of all undergraduate students receive a private scholarship. For a student seeking free money for college, those numbers do not provide much encouragement. The simple fact is that there are more students seeking financial assistance than ever before, but not enough programs to help meet the demand. Fortunately, many civic groups, companies, and even private citizens are stepping up by starting their own scholarship programs. It’s really not that difficult and you don’t have to be a billionaire, either; it just takes a desire to help students attain their dream of a college education and a few simple steps to get the ball rolling. Continue Reading…

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered Part 3

Scholarship Answers Over the last few weeks, I have been receiving several questions on Facebook, Twitter and other forums from parents and students about financial aid. Many of the questions were about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which I addressed in Part 2 of this series, but an even greater number of questions were submitted about scholarships. Many students voiced their concerns about the pressure they feel from their parents to locate scholarships and win awards. I got the impression that these students felt like they were drifting in the ocean without any way of staying afloat. Fortunately, they were not alone in their fears, as I received several similar questions. Here are some of the most common concerns students shared regarding the scholarship process. Continue Reading…

Your Financial Aid Questions Answered – Part 2

FAFSA Help The second part of this series focuses on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), as many parents and students often find this to be one of the most confusing aspects of the college financial aid process. Students often miss out on free money for college because they feel intimidated by the form or don’t understand how the information is being used by colleges. The following questions, which were submitted by our followers on Facebook, Twitter and other forums, will hopefully shed some light on the subject and help you understand the importance of completing the FAFSA each year. Continue Reading…


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