How to Effectively Search for Scholarships as a College Student

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College tuition can get expensive, especially when no one is helping you foot the bill. Fortunately, there are plenty of scholarship opportunities that will help you lessen the amount of money you have to pay out of pocket.

Here are some tips on how to find the best scholarships for you: 

Find a scholarship that fits your career path.

It is important to find scholarships that directly align with the career path or program you want to pursue. For example, you can search for scholarships specific for “incoming female freshmen” or “Psychology majors.” Typically, the scholarships with a specific set of requirements often have larger monetary prizes. 

Make a list of the types of scholarships you are looking for and apply for the ones that you feel suit you best.

Recommended: Google can be your best friend when searching for scholarships online. Type in keywords for the kind of scholarships you are looking for and see what pops up in the search engine. If you are in high school or a college, talk to your guidance or career counselor about any resources or scholarships that they may know are available. Popular scholarship websites include Unigo, Scholarship Portal, and UNCF (for HBCU-bound scholars).

Have an interest in the topic at hand.

When you are applying for a scholarship, it is much easier to write an essay or record a video if you are interested in the topic at hand. Make sure the scholarship topic is one that genuinely intrigues you. This will help with the application process, as your passion for that particular topic can be expressed easily, both through writing and presenting. Your interest in the topic will help you stand out against the other applicants and give you a higher chance of receiving the scholarship.

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

If there are minimal requirements needed to apply for a scholarship, chances are more applicants will apply. Therefore, you must apply well before the deadline to increase your chances of your application being thoroughly reviewed by the committee. If you wait until the final days before the deadline, the committee may not review your application to the same extent as if you had submitted it earlier due to the high number of applicants submitting their applications at the last second. 

Remember, apply to as many scholarships as possible. The more scholarships you apply to, the higher your chances are of getting your tuition bill lowered or fully covered through your scholarship earnings.

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