Looking for Scholarships? “Shop” Local

 

Charity begins at home.  You should begin your search for scholarships by researching what is available in your local area-your high school guidance office, church, business community, parent’s employment, union affiliation, and service clubs like the Rotary.  Also, take a look at what is available in your region, state, and nation.  There is so much information on the internet about scholarships, so many places to look that for some, it may be too overwhelming.  To be effective at this game, you must have a strategy and a plan.   Jan, one of my clients, received many local scholarships last year because of her volunteer hours with local Veterans. She received over $15,000 in scholarships of which the majority came from local organizations.  In earlier posts I have discussed the importance of beginning your search for scholarships in your freshman year.  The same scholarships are available year after year.  In researching on the internet all you need to do is click and save scholarships you think are a good match.  Furthermore, if you research scholarships on www.jlvcollegecounseling.com, you can take advantage of scholarships that are available to high school freshmen.  The earlier you can begin your search the better.

Look for scholarships in the following target areas:

  • Organizational membership
  • Race, ethnicity
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Learning or physical disability
  • Community Service
  • Health Related
  • Institutional scholarships at colleges
  • Talent
  • Academic Merit

 

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