Tips for Winning Scholarships
Up to 90 percent of all scholarship applications are discarded in the first review, usually due to typos, not following instructions, blanks not filled in, or illegibility. BE CAREFUL AND ACCURATE!
80 percent of scholarship applications are functionally identical, i.e., a laundry list of activities and scores. Be open, authentic, and creative to catch the reviewer's attention and try to let them get to know you.
Avoiding Scholarship Scams
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In addition to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students may seek additional educational funding by applying for scholarships. Scholarship aid is “free money” that does not require repayment. There are many different scholarships available, and are awarded on the basis of merit, talent, academics, financial need or in a combination of a few criteria.
While students may apply for scholarships year round, the best time to search for scholarships is between November and April. The most common places to search for scholarships include:
- High School Guidance Counselor Office
- Financial Aid/Scholarship Office at the institution
- Department where students major is housed
- Public Library
- Student/Parent Employer
- Community Center
- Place of Worship
The following links provide scholarship listings and funding resource information that students can utilize.
The internet is a great tool to utilize in searching for scholarships! Students should only use free scholarship searches and never pay to complete an application. Students may find the following free national scholarship searches helpful: