Scholarships give you the ability to do a little bit of work for a large sum of money. It’s important for every society that educational standards remain high which is why organizations, businesses and institutions will encourage younger generations to pursue adequate education by providing scholarships. For a nation to compete on a global stage, it has to be on the forefront of new discoveries, stay updated with advanced technology and have an atmosphere where entrepreneurship can thrive. It can only do that when the people are well-trained and are receiving the best education possible in various fields. And of course that can only happen when money is available.
When searching for scholarships, it’s a good idea to stay positive and not be discouraged if the competition looks stiff. You can always use the essays you’ve written on other projects saving you from the fear of wasted effort. Simply do the best you can, learn from your mistakes and just keep making progress. As far as scholarship sources are concerned, a few good places to check are your employer or your parent’s employer as they will often offer scholarships to people who work within the company. For example, the Macy’s Foundation Scholarship Program offers educational funds, $1,000 per year (4), to part or full-time employees and their children. And Walmart offers a scholarship to associates and their dependents which can hugely benefit those in financial need.
Other great sources are colleges and universities as they always provide scholarships to enrolled students to help offset high tuition costs. It’s easy to find information on scholarships on your institution’s website or at the financial aid office on campus. You’ll be able to find lists of outside scholarships from different sources that can require all sorts eligibility criteria. Some might even come from sources that you might not have expected. For instance, on Harvard’s Outside Awards Bulletin, they list a generous $5,000 scholarship from FrugalDad.com – a blog on personal finance – that’s not restricted to students who attend the college. You would probably have to scour the web for hours to find info like that, making your college’s website ideal for checking for scholarships.
And with all the work associated with college, it may sometimes be difficult finding the time to complete traditional scholarships that don’t guarantee payment. That’s why easy scholarships are always an attention grabber for college students. These can be in the form of scholarship sweepstakes, low GPA scholarships or those that don’t require lengthy essays. Oftentimes popular scholarship databases on the web will provide scholarship sweepstakes to incentivize students to registering for their service. Some include Fastweb, Zinch, CollegeProwler and Cappex. You might be able to increase your chances of winning funds for school by keeping these sites on your radar.
When browsing the Internet for scholarships, be careful you’re not providing information on illegitimate websites. Scholarship scams are out there and can pose a serious threat to your finances if you don’t know what to look for. Never pay for scholarships unless they come from reputable organizations that require membership dues to be eligible for their programs. And if you receive a letter or an email congratulating you on winning a scholarship you don’t remember applying for, then that’s an obvious sign someone’s trying to scam you.
Lastly, with tuition always creeping upward, scholarships are a much sought after source of funds for students everywhere. Just stay persistent, never giving into discouragement and, hopefully, you’re receive a nice fat check that’ll help keep you financially above water while attending school. Good luck!