Scholarships for Sophomores

Scholarships for High School Sophomores

You may think that college is too far away to even start worrying about it, but that could be a costly mistake. Unfortunately, the cost of a college education is not going down, and many colleges are starting to scale back some of their more generous financial aid packages. This means you’ll need to find even more money to help pay for your degree. Scholarships can help you cover many of your expenses, and may even reduce the need for taking out large student loans or juggling a job while you are in college. The sooner you begin the process the better. It may seem like the majority of programs are only open to seniors, but rest assured, there are plenty of scholarships available for high school sophomores, too. Here are just a few with upcoming deadlines.

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Scholarships for High School Students

10 Fall Scholarships for High School Students

It’s a myth that only high school seniors can apply for college scholarships. In fact, waiting until the last year of high school may actually lower your chances of winning scholarships. Think about it. You’ll be stressed out enough keeping up your grades, taking or retaking college entrance exams, and let’s not forget all those college applications and essays you’ll need to write. Finding time to squeeze in scholarship applications can take a toll on you and if you procrastinate, you could find yourself having to discard a college acceptance letter (or more) simply because you could not secure enough scholarships to help cover the costs of attendance. Wouldn’t it be nice to start senior year knowing you had a fat, scholarship nest egg available to you? It sure would, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 scholarships that are open to all high school students. Here’s the best part; you don’t have to apply to them all at once because there’s at least one award for every month this fall.

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Scholarships for High School Seniors

Scholarships for SeniorsAre you one of those students who waited until your last semester of high school to start looking for college scholarships? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Every year, I encounter students (and parents) who mistakenly believe that scholarships are only available to graduating high school seniors or older students; most are unaware that they could have been applying for and winning scholarships since they were high school freshman. The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities still available, and many programs are specifically for high school seniors, just like you! If you are trying to figure out how you are going to pay for your college tuition this fall, here are some scholarships that may be able to help you reduce the amount of your final bill. Continue Reading…

Win a Scholarship Just for Being Born!

Birthday ScholarshipWhen I tell you there are scholarships for just about everything, I’m not stretching the truth. Do you crochet or knit? There’s a scholarship for that! Think you could survive a zombie apocalypse? Yep, there’s a scholarship for that, too. You already know that students can win scholarships for academics and sports, but did you know that you could win free money for college just for being born? Continue Reading…

Birthday Cash: Get Rewarded for Being Born!

Birthday Cash Have you ever gone online to see what cool things happened when you were born, or what celebrities share their birthdays with you? I share mine with actors Seth Green, Nick Nolte and Jack Lemmon, as well as author John Grisham; pretty cool, I think. I have even used my birthday and year to pick lottery numbers, hoping against all odds that I will hit it big. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting.

But, if you are like me and need money for college, take my advice and avoid spending money on the lottery ticket method. Instead, take a chance on yourself and check out the ‘I Was Born In’ Scholarships, sponsored by offers some pretty unique scholarship programs that are only open to those born in specific years. This year, there are awards for those born between 1994 and 1996. The scholarship prize amount matches your birth year, too (1994 = $1,994)! The programs are very simple. You just need to be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, plan to enroll in college no later than 2014 (or 2015 or 2016, depending on the program) and be born in 1994 (or 1995 or 1996). In addition, applicants must submit a short answer (250 or less) to the question provided about their birth year. It’s that easy. Continue Reading…


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