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Scholarship advice? When should I start looking?

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John’s Answer

The last thing many students want to think about during their summer break is school—but summer is also a great time to go scholarship hunting. Even if you’re prepping for college or have a summer job, you won’t have the additional burden of homework or test studying to worry about, so use some of that extra time for scholarships. Most scholarship deadlines are between September and May—the academic school year—and so waiting for winter break to come around can be a costly decision. Even though it may be during the busy school year, it is best to apply regularly to scholarship opportunities that you find. If you create a sort of schedule and goal—say, you apply to two scholarships per week—you can maximize your opportunities.

Apply, apply, apply. The more scholarships you apply to, the more likely you are to receive some aid. And the more aid you get, the less financial strain you have to put on your education. And of course, keep applying for scholarships once you get to college. Every little bit helps. Sometimes scholarship opportunities are bundled with paid internships once you reach college, which can be a big boost in funds to pay tuition and other college costs. While some scholarships might be restricted to high school seniors only, a majority are not. It’s important to pay attention to the requirements of a scholarship, but it’s also important to realize there are scholarship opportunities for just about every grade level for both high school and college—including graduate schools.

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Suzie’s Answer

It is never too early to start searching for scholarships. By starting early you can look for the criteria of they are looking for. You can also start tailoring your extra curricular activities to align to scholarships that you are looking for. Apply to as many as you can to improve your changes of obtaining finance for college.
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Sam’s Answer

It is another journey. You are probably both excited and anxious. The first thing is to figure out what you are going to study at college if attending. You should also try applying for scholarship or student loans if applicable. You would like to network with other people when attending orientation. Network is part of important part in college life. This helps you to meet people who have similar interests at you, or help you get a job in the future. You would also find a part time job that relates to your profession while at school. This helps you to market your resume. It is also best time to meet up people who can help you in the future. it is ok to make mistakes, too. What more important is to learn from your mistakes, and eventually figure out what you would like to accomplish in life. While money is important, you would also like to strive for a balance between the salary being paid in a profession and your interests. There are great chance you would have to work for forty plus years before you can retire. Therefore, it is important to enter at right profession and develop your expertise. Good luck and wish you the best.

This is good advice but doesn't necessarily answer the question. Do you have any advice around scholarships specifically? Gurpreet Lally, CareerVillage.org Team

just like Yasemin said, check out scholarships.com. You can also ask your school counsellor, he or she should give you the information. You can go to, for instance, shell.com or motiva.com, then type scholarship. It will give you instructions how to apply for scholarship. Many large corporations do provide scholarship. If you do not know anyone works there to understand the process, you can email contact their HR, or look at their website and do the processes I have just explained to you. Sam Wong

here are the steps: 1. Google the company, 2. go to the company website. 3. at search box, type scholarship. Bear in mind there are different types of scholarships and the amount varies. I know Motiva gave away $500 (which is not that much), but it is still an extra money better than flipping burgers for hours. Scholarship typically requires to fill out an application, demonstrate your ability and excel for further knowledge. It may include an essay written for requesting the scholarship. The other option is to apply for Financial Aid. You can check it out through government website, or again google and type "applying for financial aid". Hope this helps Sam Wong

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Lauren’s Answer

I don't think it's ever too early to start looking for scholarship opportunities whether they are at the university you would like to attend specifically or through professional organizations that offer scholarships to students depending on your major/career path. The earlier you find these opportunities the more time you have to prepare to submit applications to be considered for them. I think it's also important to note that scholarships aren't only offered when you are applying to universities. If you really put in the research you'll find that there are so many scholarships you can apply for throughout your four years in college. As you get settled into your college career, I recommend utilizing the career center to look for these opportunities throughout the course of each semester. But in the meantime, if you are still in high school I'd consider talking to your guidance counselor for various opportunities you might be able to apply for prior to beginning at the collegiate level.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hello! I would start around junior and definitely senior year! First start with local scholarships such as school or community based, there are also helpful websites like Scholarships.com and Fastweb.com. Create an account and start answering questions about yourself then you will be matched based on them!

Hope this helps! Best of luck!

Yasemin recommends the following next steps:

Check out Scholarships.com
Check out Fastweb.com
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