Cliches to Avoid in Scholarship Essays

Imagine you’re a scholarship sponsor and you have to read 50 some apps a day. If all 50 essays start off the same way, or contain the same tired elements, they might blur together. Applications that don’t stand out, won’t get picked. Avoid these cliches and you’re already well on your way to having a …

How to Keep Up Scholarship Search Motivation

During your junior and senior years of high school, there is not doubt that you have a lot going on. You have your regular classes, the extensive college search that includes campus visits, applications, essays, and more, potential part time jobs, applications for financial aid, and other responsibilities. In addition to all this, you should …

How Athletic Scholarships Work

Athletic scholarships are some of the most desirable of all college scholarships. Students who play any sport at any level dream of getting an athletic scholarship. However, it is not easy. Just being good enough in a sport is simply not enough to get a scholarship. The competition is incredibly high for athletic scholarships from …

Use What Makes You Unique in Your Scholarship Search

How many times have you had to answer the classic icebreaker prompt “Tell us one interesting thing about yourself”? Many students dread this and scramble to come up with an answer. But here’s the thing: You most definitely have something (even many somethings) that sets you apart from the crowd. Often we’re so used to …

The Pros and Cons of Outside Scholarships

Many people think of scholarships as coming only from the government or from colleges themselves—and most do. However, there are many other “outside” sources that can also offer scholarships. Community centers, private companies, and other organizations are just a few examples. Here are a couple pros and cons of utilizing these scholarships. Pro: Fewer people …

How to Organize and Prioritize Your Scholarship Applications

When it comes to scholarships, there’s no such thing as “too many.” However, when applying to a multitude of scholarships, things can get a little confusing. Which one is due when? Did that one require an essay, or was it the other? You already applied to that one, didn’t you? Organization is key—which is true …

How to Write a Competition Essay for a Scholarship

When you start to think about college, one of the key factors for many applicants is funding. While it would be great for everyone to go to the top most prestigious schools, the fact of the matter is that the cost of college limits many individuals as to where they can go and what classes …