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…

Put on a Happy Face(book): The Social Media Alert!

After (or even before) you mail out that first scholarship application, you should set aside an hour or so to investigate and (if necessary) clean-up your online presence. Take note of how many times throughout this book I advise you to research the scholarship organization to learn more about them? There’s a good chance that…

The Follow-Up Follow-Up Follow-Up

So you’ve sent off you scholarship applications, you’ve created and updated your Scholarship Follow-Up File, and you’ve followed up with a (preferably phone) conversation to make sure they’ve received your application (and you’ve made a good impression). Here’s one final following-up suggestion: A week or two after the deadline for submitting scholarship applications has passed…

The Follow-Up Follow-Up

In my last post, The Scholarship Follow-Up File, I strongly encouraged you to follow up with the organization about a week after you send in your scholarship application. Which communication medium should you use to inquire about the safe delivery of your scholarship application: telephone or e-mail? As quick and easy as it is to…

The Scholarship Follow-Up File

So, you’ve finally submitted your application for a college scholarship, and now you’re done, right? You can delete all those files from your computer, throw away all that paperwork and go back to binging on Netflix? Wait! You should always save complete copies of every scholarship application that you submit. You will need these records…