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I want to finish college but...

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I tried researching for scholarships, but I can not really trust any of them. I have so many time since I was in high school, now I'm a college student and I still haven't gotten any scholarships.

My weakness when it comes to applying for scholarships is the essay part. I want to find a scholarship in (IT) or any technical filed or any scholarships that will be helpful and get through school years. I really don't want to take out loans at ALL.

I also found out that ALL of my classes require a special class fee, which made it worst and it increases my tution fees.

I want to finish college, I'm almost there, I will be a Junior after this semester. I do not want to become a college drop out, I have been in school all my life to be considering that.

I wish I was the Top 10% student so that everything will be easy. But I wasn't.

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Kei’s Answer

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Hi Nancy. I would suggest that you reach out to your school and ask for guidance on which institutions can offer scholarships. I am very happy to see that you are determined to finish college. Find a mentor in school or in your community that can help you. You can consider talking to your teachers in school, professionals in your community or family members to give you an insight on what to expect in whatever field you wanted to pursue. They can also help you present yourself the best way you can so you can ace those essays during scholarship applications and/or job interviews.

For financial assistance, you can create a GoFund me, as well and state why you needed help. Some of my friends also considered being a working student so they can provide for their own. Hope that helps! Good luck! I know you can do this!
Thank You. Nancy O. Translate
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Miki’s Answer

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Hi Nancy,

It's tough.
How about this:
Seek out a career counsellor at your school. Often, they are available to you at no extra cost. You can request a career/ strengths assessment, and once you know someone, they may know someone.
Do you have an academic Advisor? Maybe know about unadvertised ways to fund school and they could send you in the right direction.
With many scholarships, I think it's about getting in contact with influencers. And heck, there are lots of other ways to pay for school than just scholarships!
Please know that even if you cannot get ANY scholarships, completing your degree will open doors to jobs.
Nothing is forever. You may be a poor student now, and that's a temporary state.

I went back to PT school as a single mom with little kids, no scholarships, it was a career change, money was tight, and I finally got the degree in my 40's. It was unbelievably hard and there were many times I thought I wasn't going to make it. But it was my Vision, and I decided nothing would stop me. No matter what.

Working hard and fighting for something worthwhile helps you better appreciate the struggles your patients and clients face.

How about you try GoFundMe?
Stay in school and take the minimum amount of classes and get a temporary job. Right now Amazon, grocery stores and others are hiring.

Nancy, just get through this.
There will be a time when you have plenty of money and you look back and feel proud of your accomplishments.
And on really hard days, remember "this too shall pass."

Best of success!
Wow, Thank you so much. I appreciate it. I will follow your advice. Nancy O. Translate
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cherri’s Answer

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Hi Nancy,

Your school should have resources on campus to help you find options to allow you continue school. There may be options for scholarships, work on campus or they can give you information about scholarship opportunities on and off campus. In addition, they should have resources on campus to help you complete any applications or paperwork. Colleges and universities are great about providing students with resources. They are available to you, so use them! Good luck.
Thank you so much. Nancy O. Translate
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Hector’s Answer

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Hi Nancy, great question. I was definitely in your shoes before. The stress was real, but I want to say most of the stress was unnecessary because it does get better after graduation when you start your career and get a handle on your financials. I had to pull out loans each year of my undergrad (even with scholarships and financial aid), but after graduation everything started to fall in line as I got my payment schedule in order.
As for applying for scholarships, try reaching out to any resources on campus and finding out what scholarships are specialized to your university. It can be daunting to have to apply to tons of scholarships, so try honing in on scholarships specialized to you. I also searched up other scholarships available using search engines like Fastweb: https://www.fastweb.com/college-scholarships/articles/college-scholarships-2020-edition

Don't give up, and graduation is almost in sight for you. Hang in there!
Thank You So Much. Nancy O. Translate
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David’s Answer

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Your school should be your best resources to help you find options to allow you continue school. Most scholarship(s) does require you to write and essay or a progress report of your topic or experiences in order to be able to consider offering you a scholarship. Please don't forget there are a lot of people who is fighting for this scholarship than yourself as well as they only give out "X" amount of money or scholarship to the best candidates the fit what the scholarship is about, not what is present to them. They normally look for report that is related to what the scholarship is about and go from there. So don't my down or give up because they are a lot of scholarship out there that you can apply for but requires you a lot of time in order to get it. There are many options for scholarships, such as working on campus or look at your college department, student activities center, or career center, they normally have post about scholarship opportunities on and off campus.
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Regina’s Answer

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Hello Nancy,

We have bursaries and grants in Canada that students can apply to. You may have it in the US as well.

The bursaries and grants can be advertised locally and sometimes not. The institutions that put these out are found in local community chapters, businesses, places of worship, or even workplaces where your friends and family work at. I have also seen bursaries and grants available for individuals who are going into a specific field of study and sometimes even your ancestral background can have you be eligible to apply.

Like scholarships, you apply for the bursaries and grants. There may be a written component to it.

I did a search on bursaries and grants in Texas. No results were returned for bursaries. There were some for grants.

Here are some links you may find useful:
https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/by-state/texas-scholarships
http://www.collegescholarships.org/states/texas.htm
http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/states/texas.htm
https://studentloanhero.com/featured/texas-grants-college-best-options-apply/
https://www.collegegrant.net/texas/


Wishing you all the best!

Regina

Thank You So Much. Nancy O. Translate
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Ashley’s Answer

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Hi,
I know funding college can be very stressful. Taking the time to research and apply for scholarships is very important so don’t get discouraged. Reach out to your professors or the administrative office on campus and ask about the resources your campus offers to help with the essays. The Bill Gates foundation offers many lucrative scholarships every year. Make sure you apply for FAFSA or Federal aid if you qualify. Dave Ramsey offers a lot of information on his website (daveramsey.com) about how to get a “debt free degree” and avoid student loans. There is also a book by Anthony O’Neal called Debt Free Degree that might be helpful to you. Hang in there!
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