Tools of the Trade-Where Do I Begin?

This is a repost of one of my most often asked questions.


Scholarship applications are available in the fall through the end of summer.  The hot season for scholarships is December-April.  To make the scholarship application process as smooth as possible you need to plan in advance.  There are specific “tools of the trade” you will need.   The tools are Resume of Accomplishments, Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts, and Personal Statement.Tools of the Trade Continue reading

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Scholarship Tips


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In previous posts I have discussed the importance of registering on scholarships search engines like Fastweb and  Another great resource to find scholarships is my Scholarshopmom Facebook fan page and my Scholarshopmom twitter page.

I post scholarships on both pages on a daily basis. If you are looking for one-stop shopping for scholarships you should check out this resource.   Courtesy of JLV Consulting I post scholarships with deadlines for each month.  The current listing for March has 130 scholarships. In addition, information is provided on colleges and the college going process.

More and more scholarships are becoming available for continuing college students including graduate students.  Therefore, if you are a graduating high school senior currently researching scholarships, you should also look for scholarships you can apply for in your sophomore and junior year of college. Just book mark them and you are ready to go.  Why go to the financial aid office to take out another loan?

Don’t forget to “like” Scholarshopmom and follow me on twitter.





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FAFSA Update




 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is changing.  Students should complete this application if they want grants or loans from the federal government.  Private organizations, colleges and career schools may rely on this information to determine eligibility for scholarships and institutional funding.

Good news!  The Department of Education has taken ownership of which means you no longer have to worry about someone charging you a fee for filling out the FAFSA.  If you mistakenly go to you will be directed to

The list of universities that students apply to will no longer be visible to other institutions.  Colleges will no longer be able to judge you based on which schools you applied and which were listed first.  A pin number is no longer required to access the FAFSA. You now will need a FSA ID. Continue reading

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November Scholarships

Sharing post of November scholarship deadlines courtesy of JLV College Consulting.  Good Luck.

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Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are 55 college scholarships and contests with November 2015 deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements. Continue reading

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Scholarships for Continuing College Students


college scholarshipsThere are scholarships for continuing college students.  I find that too many current college students run to the financial aid office to take out more loans, adding to their debt burden rather than taking the time to research scholarships.  Additional scholarships are found at the institution the student attends and from outside organizations.

Freshman come into college thinking the scholarship search ended once they graduated from high school.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In my 15 years of researching scholarships I have noticed a trend where more and more scholarships are offered for college sophomores, juniors and graduate students.  These scholarships should be researched in your junior and senior year of high school.  All colleges have a scholarship page which lists institutional scholarships and the requirements for receiving them.   Generally, a 3.0 GPA is required.

Where should you look for these scholarships?

  • Check your school’s departmental major website page
  • Financial Aid Office
  • Scholarship Search Engines (i.e. Fastweb)
  • Follow Scholarshopmom on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • If all else fails, Google.







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Scholarships for International Students




 Yes, there are scholarships out there for International Students.   Whether you are an incoming freshman or graduate student there are opportunities available.   You won’t be eligible for federal financial aid from the United States but there are other scholarships available.

The questions is, “How does one go about finding them”?   I am a firm believer in not applying to a school unless you know you can obtain scholarships from them.  Every college has a scholarship page.   The first place you should look is the scholarship page of the schools you plan to attend.  If you don’t find anything. Call the admissions office to confirm that they provide scholarship opportunities for international students. Beware of scholarship scams.  You should not have to pay anything to get this information

Make sure you have the proper visas and documentation.  Check the U. S. government site for helpful information.  The following links will be useful to you in your search:

Good luck.










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Debt Free Student






I would like to share in this post how my mentee Darion W. obtained over $500,000 in scholarship offers.   He will attend the University of Illinois, Urbana debt free.

I met Darion through the Trio program at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois last summer as a rising senior.  He attended Prairie State, a community college where he took college courses for credit. He earned 16 college credits.   Since he was involved in so many activities at school I thought it was important that he get a jump on his scholarship search during the summer. Continue reading

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