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Tips on Applying for Scholarships

Below is advice on applying for scholarships.

  1. Apply early, often, and for everything!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Beware of scholarship scams such as those requesting Social Security numbers, those charging fees for their services, and "guarantees" to win a scholarship drawing. 
  5. Don't skip applying for smaller scholarships.  Typically there are less applicants - and therefore less competition - for them.
  6. Be aware of scholarship deadlines.
  7. 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.