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Find Scholarships That Are Right For You

By FinancialAid.com

How do you find scholarships that are right for you?

 
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The worst way to apply for scholarships is by using the so-called "shotgun"approach. This is where you blast out an application, often hastily written, to every scholarship that you find. Unfortunately, this approach will most likely result in a pile of rejections.

To win a scholarship, you need to be selective in the application process. This means that for every 10 or so scholarships you find, you may only end up applying to one of them. But how do you find the scholarships that are right for you?

Start by throwing your scholarship net far and wide. To find the right scholarship, you need to have a lot to choose from. Search the Internet , scour scholarship books, talk to your counselor and look in your community. Your job is to find as many scholarships that you could apply for.

Look for scholarships within your interests. Instead of finding scholarships that match your interests, why not look at your interests to find scholarships. If you're interested in computer graphics, check out all of the makers of the software and hardware that you use for awards.

Focus on your community. One of the best places to find scholarships is in your community. Not only are a there a lot of awards, but many of them are specifically designed to help students within the community. Therefore, as a resident, you are already pre-qualified.

Read your local newspaper. Community newspapers often announce scholarship winners. Use this information to learn about local scholarship opportunities and also to do some research on who wins the scholarships.

Ask for help from your college financial aid officer or high school counselor. These are two people who spend their days thinking about how to make college affordable for students like you. Take advantage of their efforts.

Get Mom and Dad in on the action. Don't think that you have to find scholarships on your own. Ask your parents to inquire about scholarships through their church or religious organization, groups that they belong to, professional associations and their employers or unions.

Start eliminating scholarships that don't match you. Look at your list of scholarships with the idea of eliminating those that simply don't match your background and talents. Don't feel bad since each scholarship that you remove means less time wasted and more time you can spend on scholarships that you can win.

Prioritize your scholarships. After you have eliminated the obvious awards that don't match you, the next step is to prioritize the awards that do. You will need to be familiar with each scholarship and understand the goals behind the reason for giving the award.

Consider timing. There's more to your life than applying for scholarships, which means that you will need to consider deadlines when deciding which scholarships to apply to. You simply can't apply to every scholarship, and you'll need to use this as another way to prioritize.

When applying for scholarships, pinpoint your focus on which scholarships to apply to and don't be afraid to eliminate scholarships that simply do not fit your strengths, interests or accomplishments.







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