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If you have begun to look at the requirements for college scholarship applications, you’ve probably already seen a wide range of question topics for the essays, and maybe you’ve asked yourself: Why are they forcing me to write about this!? Remember, though: The bottom line is that the scholarship committees are offering you FREE MONEY,…

Get Writing Already

Okay, you’ve found a bunch of scholarships you feel qualified to win, your applications are filled out and stacked in a neat pile with the first due on the top, you’ve got manila envelopes and a sheet of stamps waiting patiently in your desk drawer, but you can proceed no further without tackling the most…

More “Free” Money for College 5, 6, 7, & 8

Over the past few weeks I’ve published a series of posts about how to get yourself some “Free” money for college. Here’s the last post in this series, with four more tips for the price of one! More “Free” Money for College 5: Take Out a Loan This isn’t exactly free money, and everybody knows…

Do You Dream of STEAM Programs?

In my last post, I encouraged those of you with a technological bent to seriously consider the STEM field. Were you one of those who read that and cried out: ‘But I’m a creative spirit! I can’t be stifled by boring old technology or engineering! I need to dazzle the world with my artistic genius!’ …

Take a Walk Through the STEM Field

The STEM field – not a meadow of flowers with their heads knocked off, but the subjects Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — is the place to be these days, for a lot of reasons. One, it’s where you can learn about, and ultimately take part in, some of the most exciting discoveries being made…

More “Free” Money for College 4: Attend a Tuition-Free School

Maybe it’s not “free” money, but “free” college is just as good! There are a handful of colleges that don’t any cost money to attend if you have one of the following qualities: You are financially needy. You want to work in the college’s field of specialty. You are willing to work 15–20 hours a…

More “Free” Money for College 3: Americorps Volunteer Service

AmeriCorps offers you an opportunity to join one of their many community service programs throughout the United States. As a full or part-time member of the AmeriCorps network, you will earn a set amount of money to be used for college tuition or loan repayment. Here is an excerpt from their website: After successfully completing…

More “Free” Money for College 2: Military Service

Just because I get sick to my stomach at the thought of waking up at 5 a.m. to run an obstacle course, doesn’t mean that the military isn’t a good option for YOU. There are many benefits that can be gained from enlisting in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, like job training, free…

More “Free” Money for College 1: Financial Aid

Scholarships may be my favorite route to a free trip to college, but they are not the ONLY way! Our nation places a high value on the education of its citizens, and although tuition is expensive, plenty of opportunities are offered for those who are dedicated to obtaining a degree. In the first of a…

Never Enough Money: Ionnie‘s Scholarship Story

If there was one thing that Ionnie McNeill learned a lot about while growing up, it was money. When Ionnie was only seven years old, her mother began sharing the world of finance with her young daughter through investment meetings and finance clubs for kids. “I was exposed to investing so early on that I…

Easy Ways to Personalize Your Application

In a previous post, I offered a list of Ten Tips for Submitting Amazing Application Packets (actually two previous posts, Part One and Part Two). One more important thing to bear in mind is that it can sometimes be difficult to put your own personal stamp on your college scholarship application — aside from your…

What Recommends a Recommender?

In my post Who Knows (the Best) You, I strongly suggested that, when you’re deciding who to ask to write you a letter of recommendation, you choose people who honestly know a few nice things about you. But maybe you’ve got dozens of eligible grown-ups who know you better than you know yourself — so…