The Three Best Tips for Winning a Scholarship

According to statistics from the 2014-2015 educational year, over half of all college students took advantage of either a grant or a scholarship. Perhaps more interestingly, in that same time-frame, nearly $3 billion in scholarship money was left on the table by students. The reasons for this are complex and can’t be easily discerned, but …

How to Determine if a Scholarship is Worth Your Time and Effort

As a senior in high school, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Between pep rallies, acceptance letters, anxiously checking the mailbox, ceremonies, graduation parties, crying parents, plans for the summer, and nerves for the upcoming fall semester of college, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Without a doubt, it’s best to use your time wisely. …

2 Places to Find Scholarships You May Not Have Considered

You know that scholarships are one of the best ways to get some free money towards your higher education, and you’ve explored all of the usual scholarship avenues but have you exhausted all of your resources? With an incomplete search, you could be leaving easily available free money on the table. After you’ve finished looking …

How Parents Can Help Their Student in the Scholarship Search Process

When it comes to finances, students often turn first to their parents for help. The scholarship search is another place parents can aid their students—not in doing the search or applications for their students, of course, but there are many other ways they can assist. Utilizing the Parental Network Nothing really beats knowledge and experience. …

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 …

Myth: You Have to Be an Amazing Essay Writer to Win Scholarships

There are plenty of myths surrounding scholarships and who is likely to win them. So much so, in fact, that scholarships can start to feel almost unattainable. But don’t worry just yet, because all of those myths are just that: myths. While writing skills are always a good thing to keep sharp and continually strengthen, …

Why Do You Need a Co-Signer for Your Student Loans to Be Approved?

When first delving into the world of student loans, some students might be frustrated to find that they rarely can qualify for a private loan by themselves. Few lenders will automatically approve a student’s loan without a co-signer. But why? First Off: What’s a Co-Signer? A co-signer is a person (typically a parent) that also …

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 …