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Below is advice on applying for scholarships.
- Apply early, often, and for everything!
- It is in the student's best interest to apply for scholarships themselves. Not only does it give them a better understanding of the financial investment necessary for their future, but scholarship providers may eliminate a student's application if they believe the application, essay, or personal statement has been completed by someone other than the student.
- When using a search engine, narrow it down by searching for your major, hobbies, interests, location, heritage, enrollment level (i.e. freshman, junior), etc. Whatever you can think of, there is probably a scholarship out there for it!
- Beware of scholarship scams such as those requesting Social Security numbers, those charging fees for their services, and "guarantees" to win a scholarship drawing.
- Don't skip applying for smaller scholarships. Typically there are less applicants - and therefore less competition - for them.
- Be aware of scholarship deadlines.
- Don't stop applying for scholarships - even if you're in your junior year of college. Some students think of it like a job, and set aside an hour a night or a few hours one day a week to just apply for scholarships.