It is in a student's best interest to
apply for scholarships themselves. Not only does it provide a better
understanding of the financial investment they are making in 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
scholarship search engine,
narrow it down by searching for your major, hobbies, interests, location,
heritage, enrollment level (i.e. freshman in high school, sophomore in college),
etc. Whatever you can think of, there is probably a scholarship out there!
Beware of scams such as those requesting Social Security numbers, charging fees
for services, or "guarantees" to win.
Don't skip smaller scholarships. Typically they have less applicants - and less
Be aware of scholarship
Don't stop applying for scholarships - even if you're in your junior
year of college. Think of it like a job and set aside an hour a night or a few
hours once a week to apply for scholarships.