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College Scholarships

How to get money once you get to college

Students entering college as freshmen who have not received as much scholarship money as they need to make college affordable should continue to look for scholarships once they enter college. There are scholarships ear-marked for students in specific majors at colleges given by academic departments and by scholarship offices. Additionally, there are scholarships available from alumni associations, student associations and parent groups. Beyond that, there are national scholarships related to college majors offered by professional associations related to majors.

How to know which scholarships to consider

As college prices rise, parents and students are more interested in scholarships. The largest scholarships awarded often come from colleges. Smaller awards generally come from community and professional organizations and businesses. 

It is important that students apply for scholarships and for parents to realize that there is no way to know whether students will win any scholarships. I frequently get calls from parents of students who have a solid B average and great activities wondering how much they are likely to win.

Scholarship Deadlines Approaching

In addition to using a college choice and application strategy likely to result in scholarships from colleges, students should apply for other scholarship opportunities. Here are some scholarship deadlines coming up over the next week:


Scholarship: Student of the Month Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Deadline: March 31, 2014
Task: Write an essay about what you do to keep learning.

Scholarship: No Essay Scholarship
Web Address:https://colleges.

Scholarship Season begins in 9 days

College scholarships that are awarded by non-profits, businesses and foundations as well as contests are in full swing. Although there are some scholarship competitions just about every month, the  majority of application deadlines begin in December and extend through April. Has your high school senior developed a list of available scholarships to pursue? He needs to do so asap. To be one of the "lucky" families with a well-funded high school senior who has won a large number of scholarships, your student has to aggressively seek scholarship opportunities, schedule required activities and follow through by deadlines. Most seniors do best when parents support them in the process by helping to find opportunities and manage a scholarship application calendar. Spread the word in your network of family and friends that your high school senior is seriously looking for scholarships. By doing so you'll have an extended committee of people looking for opportunities for you.

Scholarships-Where are they?

Asking your kid to apply for scholarships is a tall order. First, they have to find them. And, since they are more focused on admission than tuition and there is no single place to go to find scholarships, they often give up. "My parents have it handled" (tuition) is what many students tell me when I ask if they want to apply for scholarships.
 
To get high school students to apply for scholarships, you have to be a partner. That means helping them find scholarships. You can enlist other friends and family members in your search to lighten the load.