How to Find a College Scholarship

How to Find a College Scholarship


How to Find a College Scholarship. Free money for tuition is floating around
out there; you just have to know where to look. You will need Some determination A “brag
sheet” A school counselor and a computer with internet access. Step 1. Scholarships are usually categorized into
one of five groups: academic, athletic, need-based, interest- or club-based, and culture-based. Make sure you understand the requirements
of any scholarships you’re interested in. Step 2. Type up a brag sheet – a page that includes
your activities and achievements, which you should give to teachers and other mentors
when you ask them to write you scholarship letters of recommendation. Step 3. Make an appointment with a financial or guidance
counselor at your high school – or college, if you’re already attending. They can help you get organized, pump up your
application, and inform you of scholarships that may fly under the radar. Many scholarships require a personal essay. To save time, write one essay that you can
edit for each application. Step 4. Search online. There are several web sites offering free,
personalized database searches that will match you up with both well-known and obscure scholarships. Be cautious of any scholarship sites requiring
a fee for their services. Check out the Federal Trade Commission’s web
site to learn more about scholarship scams and what to watch out for. Step 5. You might be surprised at how many local businesses,
churches, and community organizations offer scholarships to graduating seniors. Check with your school to get a list of local
organizations that have awarded scholarships in the past. Step 6. Don’t be shy about contacting prospective
colleges to find out what they offer. Once you’ve narrowed down your schools, contact
their financial aid offices to inquire about scholarships available to incoming students. Step 7. Start applying – if you can, begin the process
a full year before you intend to use the scholarship money. The earlier you start, the more applications
you’ll be able to send out, and the more likely you won’t need a fourth job just to make it
to graduation! Did you know The Chick and Sophie Major Memorial
Duck Calling Contest awards a $1,500 scholarship to the high school student with the best duck-calling
skills.

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