Researching Scholarship Opportunities

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The Savvy Student's Guide to College Education—Chapter Five

The Big Picture

College scholarships continue to be one of the most important parts of the college application process, especially since a scholarship can make the difference in helping make any student's college dreams come true. When looking for scholarships, it's important to remember there are other kinds of funds that are also available to help pay for college—scholarships are money for college that's given based on a particular talent the student has. Scholarships break into two categories—the kind offered by companies and organizations, and the kind offered by colleges. It's harder to be selected for a nationally-known private scholarship than it is to receive one offered by a local group or by a college, but there are some ways to increase your chances—and part of that has to do with the student's interest in writing more essays for scholarships, on top of the essays they've already written for college. Some scholarships require students to prepare an audition or portfolio rather than an essay, while athletic scholarships have their own special requirements that are constantly changing. No matter what kind of scholarship the student receives, it's important to know the conditions the student is committing to when they agree to take the scholarship, and to understand how long the scholarship lasts.

There's something pretty great about going to college, but there's something even better about going to college on a scholarship. Whether it's based on the hard work you've done in the classroom, the talent you've made the most of as an athlete or artist, or just because somebody believes in you and your plans for the future, the feeling you get when someone appreciates what you're doing, and gives you a chance to do even more at college.

Since everyone likes to be recognized, and everyone likes something that's free, it isn't always easy to find scholarships for college, especially since more students are going to college than ever before. But if you know where to look and how to apply, you can make the most of a scholarship search by building it around your interests and needs—and by looking in places where other people don't.

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What is a Scholarship?

There are all kinds of resources out there to help students pay for college. In this chapter, we're going to focus on scholarships, or money for college that is given to a student based on a demonstrated talent. This talent can really be just about anything

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