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Tips on Applying for Scholarships

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