College-bound students would love to win scholarships and possibly go to college for FREE. Believe it or not, it can be done! Winning college scholarships involves thinking outside the box, or differently, from other scholarship searchers. Other students are the main sources of competition, so why do exactly what they do when it comes to finding scholarships?
Since the explosion of the internet many years ago, high school students have excelled at using online sources to find whatever information they need in a short period of time. This may seem like an easy, wonderful way to find and apply for college scholarships, but searching for scholarships online is only one method of finding as many of them as possible. Students assume that they are finding all the scholarships out there by entering “scholarships” into a search engine and clicking on the links that appear. This method often leads to “clicking to nowhere” as sites filled with ads and misleading information immediately appear. Using only the internet to find college scholarships is a huge mistake!
In addition to the internet, there are other options available for students to tap into when beginning their quest to find and win scholarships. Students can borrow or purchase the big scholarship books that list thousands of college scholarships and categorize them by the students’ interests, intended college major, race, club affiliation, and more. Often times, these books have scholarship opportunities that are not found online! New versions of scholarship listing books are released each year, with information that is often times more current than online websites.
Other great scholarship resources are the lists of local scholarships found in high school guidance counselors’ offices and on high school websites. Students do not need to limit their local scholarship searching to just their own high school, as often other area high schools share scholarships for which any student living locally may apply. Students can also find college scholarships by visiting the website of the state in which they live. There they will find state sponsored scholarship opportunities and scholarships specific to each county of residence.
Another great way to find local college scholarships is reading neighborhood newspapers and finding a “Names in the News” section. There students can read about the winners of area scholarships and add these to their list of scholarships to apply for the following year.
Relying solely on the World Wide Web to find college scholarships may seem easy and quick, but to win as many scholarships as possible, students need to use other available resources and create a thorough list and extensive list. That being said, there are lots of wonderful online scholarship searching websites that students can tap into by signing-up and having scholarship opportunities sent directly to their email box. Some of these are ScholarshipExperts.com, Fastweb.com, StudentScholarshipSearch.com, and Scholarships.com. Using all available resources to find college scholarships gives students the best chance at winning as much money for school as possible.
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