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9. Scholarship Search

Scholarships are a great form of student aid because they don't need to be repaid. They come from all kinds of sources, and the more legwork you do, the more you’ll find. So, get started as soon as you can.

Many students approach scholarship searches as a part time job because it takes time and effort.  But it can really pay off! They are competitive awards and if you want one you’ll need to show the scholarship provider why you deserve the award. Often, you need a great essay, a compelling letter of recommendation and a flawless application. Luckily, our scholarship information and tools can walk you through the process, from assessing your talents to proofreading your application.

Get started – the search
A few key places to begin looking for scholarships are your high school, your college, place of worship, place of employment, the library, the internet and in newspapers and magazines. Don’t forget to ask your friends and family if they know of any scholarships or if their work places offer them. There are so many places to look that we’ve put together a list of organizations and websites that offer scholarships and scholarship searches.  Use the Scholarship Finder to explore and apply for scholarships.  

When you begin your search, start by thinking about who you are and what makes you unique. Be your own best advocate. Asking simple questions may reveal complex and unique attributes. Begin here:

  • What’s my family history?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • Where do I work?
  • What organizations do I belong to?
  • What organizations do my parents belong to?
  • What’s my family situation?
  • What makes me me?

Top two scholarship search tips

  1. Start locally and expand your scholarship search from there. Don’t feel overwhelmed, pick two scholarships each week and apply.
  2. Create a scholarship portfolio to keep track of your activities, community service and awards. Keep in mind that community service is anything that you do for someone else that you don’t get paid for.

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