Hook Your Reader

Sometimes it’s a good idea to save the best for last, but not when you write your college scholarship essay! Don’t leave the judges plodding along hoping that your writing will pick up its pace somewhere before the end. If you think it’s a good idea to begin your essay by stating, “Hi, my name…

Finding His Creative Niche: Channing’s Scholarship Story

“Action!” On cue, Bobby, who was playing the role of a homicide detective, began to brutishly interrogate Channing’s little brother about the sudden disappearance of “Flashcard Man.” “Did you torture him first, you creep?” Bobby shouted. When the suspect refused to speak, his interrogator continued to scream at him. “What did you do?” “Did you…

Is This Scholarship Right for Me?

Do you sometimes come upon a scholarship that doesn’t seem quite right for you, and ask yourself if you should just go ahead and apply anyway? If you are ineligible for the scholarship, then my answer is “No.” You will be wasting your own valuable time, not to mention the time of the committee member…

Where NOT to Look For Scholarships

You should never have to PAY anybody to help you find scholarships. This game is about increasing your college fund, not decreasing it! Some companies out there will charge you a fee for the “service” of assisting you in your scholarship search. They might make promises like: “We GUARANTEE that our clients will win a…

Navigating Cyberspace

In today’s wonderful world of technology and instant information, finding an abundance of well-known scholarships is as easy as typing a few key words into Google’s search engine. Cyberspace is home to numerous absolutely free databases that will list—and even help you organize and manage—hundreds of available scholarships. Each of these sites works on a…

Where Should You Hunt For Scholarships?

But where can I find great college scholarship opportunities? I hear you ask. Here’s 6 great places to start! 1. Your School Well, the first place to start would be your own high school. Chances are that you show up there at least occasionally, so why not drop by the career center while you‘re there?…

Resources for Scholarships

CollegeScholarships.org Must register to use website? – No Description:  ‘College Scholarships’ is an awesome website that allows you to browse through specific and non-traditional categories of available scholarships. No need to complete a complicated profile – if you are a twin, click on the “twin’s” link; if your parents are broke, click “Low-Income.” You can…

Overcoming All Obstacles: Jessenia’s Scholarship Story

It was unlikely that college would ever be an option for Jessenia. Nobody in her family before her had sought out an education beyond the twelfth grade, and nobody expected that she would do any better for herself. To make matters worse, Jessenia grew up in her state’s foster care system, living with families who…

5 More Tips for Stretching Your College Dollars

In my last post I gave you five great tips for stretching your college dollars. Here’s 5 more where that came from: Transfer from a cheaper college to the institution of your choice. I know you will lose credibility if the medical degree hanging on your wall comes from Ethyl’s Backyard University, but it can…

5 Tips for Stretching Your College Dollars

Whether you’re working your way through school, or paying for everything with scholarship award money, you’ll want to make every dollar count. College tuition is expensive, any way you look at it, but there are tricks to getting more bang for your buck in the world of higher education. Here are ten ideas you can…