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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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5 Tips for Successful Scholarship Interviews

Does the mere thought of participating in an interview send you into a cold sweat? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Many students get nervous when it comes to those face-to-face interactions, especially when there is significant college money on the line. I was fortunate enough to win most of my scholarships without suffering through a lengthy interview process, but a few of the more prestigious and substantial awards required my presence in front of not one, but several committee members. You would think that sitting in front of a panel of strangers would be more intimidating than speaking one-on-one, but I actually felt more at ease with the larger groups. Think about it. The odds are in your favor that at least one of the people interviewing you will like you. But regardless of how many people are in the room, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of having a successful scholarship interview.

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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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College Cash Rehash!

Did you forget to attend our Scholarship Twitter Chat on November 14 with Jodi Okun? No worries! We’ve put together some of the highlights from the evening in a quick, easy-to-digest format for you. Take a look at what you missed on #CollegeCash!

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