December is definitely the time to get the scholarship search process in gear. Christmas break is a great time to start this process. With so many search engines out there to choose from, how do you find the best match for you? To get the most bang for your buck, I recommend signing up on 3-5 search engines. The key to getting the best matches is to complete as many questions on the profile as you can and continue to update your profile as things change. This is especially important as you progress through your college years. Continue reading
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I’m amazed at the number of students who want to apply for a scholarship but have not prepared or positioned themselves to get a scholarship. If you don’t know what a scholarship organization is asking for, how can you prepare yourself to obtain the scholarship? Too many students are missing out on scholarship opportunities because they haven’t prepared themselves. In order to get in the best position to obtain scholarships you need to know what scholarship organizations are looking for and get an early start. Continue reading
Not all search engines are alike. There are so many scholarship search engines on the web, how do you find out which ones are right for you? There are search engines that cater to elementary students, high school students, undergrads and graduate students. One of the biggest misconceptions about the scholarship search is that students should wait until their senior year of high school to start looking for scholarships. The truth is, scholarships are available to students in elementary and middle schools. Can you imagine the results you would get by registering with a search engine in 6th or 7th grade?
.Having trouble jump-starting your scholarship search? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have the scholarship blues.
- Don’t know how to begin your search.
- Approaching the end of your first semester as a high school senior and you have not registered on a scholarship search engine. Continue reading
- Sign up and complete a scholarship profile for a minimum of 3 scholarship search engines. Continue reading
Attention Seniors! March of your Senior year is absolutely the worst time of year to start your scholarship search. My heart goes out to students who have great potential for getting scholarships but miss out on opportunities because they waited too late to begin their search. It’s amazing the number of calls I get from parents when they get their financial aid award letter and see how much loan they are being assessed, the cry goes out to the student to start looking for scholarships. As was previously discussed in my blog, the best time to begin your search is in your freshman year. If you don’t start then, certainly you should begin your search no later than your junior year. Continue reading
David decided that his number 1 school would be the University of Southern California. My initial thought was “How are we going to pay for that?” We knew there was money “out there” for scholarships; we developed a plan to find it.
We all know that students can get money for college for having good grades. They can also obtain money for their talent, volunteering, extracurricular activities, overcoming obstacles, and health related issues. The plan was to have David explore opportunities in all of these areas. Realizing we were not going to get much help from the guidance office, David researched scholarships on the web. He registered on Fastweb, a major scholarship search engine. Since David had good writing skills, he had no problem writing essays. In my experience in advising male students-the majority of them do not like to write. Continue reading