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Why do so many scholarship websites seem like scams?

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I'm just looking for some scholarships to help pay for college as much as possible, I'm trying as many different websites as possible but so many seem like scams. A few asked for Facebook information and various other personal information that I don't want to just give out.
Is there any trustworthy sites to find scholarships? #scholarships #finance

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Hi Richard - You're correct, many of the national scholarship databases are not great. I would recommend looking at the following locations for scholarships:

  • High School Guidance Counselor - You're guidance counselor may be very busy, but make sure to build a relationship with them and ask them to share scholarship opportunities that come across their desk.
  • Websites of other High Schools in your district - If your high school doesn't do a great job of identifying scholarships, check the websites of other high schools in your district. Typically there is 1-2 that have their resources online
  • Local community foundation - Do a quick google search for your town's community foundation, they typically over scholarships for students
  • Local affiliations - Are you a member of a club such as DECA, FBLA, National Honor Society? Check to see what scholarships they have. Also check to see what affiliations your parents are involved in (fraternities/sororities, unions, church, their job). You can typically find a few opportunities this way as well .
  • Check what scholarships the college your interested in offers - Check to see what scholarships the college you're interested in offers or what scholarships the alumni association of that scholarship offers.

Hope this helps!

Kenneth recommends the following next steps:

  • Reach out to your high school guidance counselor
  • Check with other local high schools to see what scholarships they post on their website
  • Check with your local community foundation
  • Check about scholarships you are eligible for through local affiliations
  • Check what scholarships your perspective college offers
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