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 …

How Vocational School Scholarships Can Help Adults Fill the Skills Gap

By the year 2020, more than 65 percent of occupations will require some type of training and education beyond the secondary level, according to a study by the Center on Education and the Workforce. Yet most Americans are not college graduates, and over 75 percent of U.S. manufacturers surveyed in 2014 reported a serious shortage of skilled …

Common Scholarship Essay Prompts and How to Answer Them

Not all scholarships require an essay, but those that do often have similar questions or prompts to answer. Take a look at these common scholarship essay prompts and start thinking about how you would answer each one, because odds are you’ll have to soon enough. Why do you deserve this scholarship? Ooh, let’s start out …

Why You Should Research Scholarship Donors

The scholarship hunt and application process is already lengthy enough, why would you bother tossing in additional research about the person / organization / group funding the scholarship itself? What are the benefits? You may be surprised to discover that there are many. Essay Booster If the scholarship requires an essay, knowing just who the …

Scholarship Essay Must-Haves

Nothing beats getting a scholarship when you are looking for financial assistance to fund your college education. With a scholarship, you don’t have to worry about repayments or interest rates, or defaulting. Scholarship awards are free and can make it so much easier to pay for college. Of course you will have to put in …

Don’t Overlook Local Scholarship Opportunities!

When it comes to scholarships, it can be very tempting to set your sights on big national opportunities with large payouts. As such, smaller, local scholarships can sometimes get overlooked. But small things can pack a big punch, and that is very true of local scholarships. Companies, organizations, groups, and individuals in your hometown will …