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What is the best way to earn a scholarship?

I am in 10th grade and in honors classes. I am starting to think about getting scholarships. I want to know the best ways to get colleges to want to give me scholarships.

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Simona’s Answer

Hello Gabbie,
You are smart to be thinking of funding for college now, when there's time to research and see what's available, rather than waiting to seek these avenues out. College can be very expensive and finding ways to fund takes effort but offsets taking out loans.

Overall, you can look for scholarships, grants, and even part time work/work study to supplement paying for expenses.

First, I think some of the folks give you some good advice in their responses but would like to add some details and resources.
Scholarships and grants are a great way to get money for college. There are scholarships and grants specifically for women, for specific majors and even hobbies. I'm adding some links to try. Review all and apply for any that you think would help you.

https://www.bing.com/aclk?ld=e8u1HWB0Cr83nrhah7sWSTTjVUCUxBVJfUPkpNRxxVFXWajOcGDuAFOILrLv_P_JAWGG-RsNRcpR4CXRqLPJVfFHeVQjGPTqVGiSPP3RpAdSha_pQ6PD-CLEvy3fldH4lr_OUSOMNIx3agHXx1TS71sRykR6jDP-qlaW5diPTTDj6nkk1difXsPXTtW6B92qKVNkYgyQ&u=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&rlid=8fedb70d173513e33853d402d85c80d7&ntb=1

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Second, it would be good to check the school you want to attend for support. Go to the Financial Aid department and talk to someone who can give you information on what you would qualify for and help walk you through the process of filling out paperwork. I'm adding links to assist with that process.
https://blog.risla.com/7-steps-to-applying-for-college-financial-aid#:~:text=Follow%20this%20simple%20step-by-step%20process%20to%20make%20sure,make%20corrections%20to%20your%20FAFSA%20through%20the%20web.

https://www.ccsf.edu/paying-college/financial-aid-office

Finally, see if there are any jobs that will pay tuition. Companies like McDonald's, Walmart, and Starbucks have been known to pay for tuition for staff with the condition that they work a certain amount of time. I'm adding some links on places that offer this.

https://www.zippia.com/advice/jobs-with-tuition-reimbursement/
https://www.forbes.com/advisor/student-loans/jobs-that-pay-for-college/
https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/pay-salary/jobs-that-pay-for-college

Simona recommends the following next steps:

Research some of the scholarships in the links provided and apply for scholarships and grants through some of the links provided
Look for and apply for part time jobs that will help you save up (tutoring, holiday part-time work)
Make an appointment with your guidance counselor to help look for options
Make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office of School you want to attend; see what Financial Aid can be offered
Apply for Financial Aid and grants through school (ex: TAP)
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Sree Padma’s Answer

You are on the right path. Keep doing well in academics. This will get you into good schools. Since most scholarships are need-based your scholarship chances are also dependent on your family's financial situation.
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Natalie’s Answer

Great question Gabbie! A lot of scholarship programs look at volunteer time and hours (even internships as well). I would recommend volunteering on weekends at your local animal shelter, non profit, etc (anything that you are interested in) to show the scholarship committee that along with great grades, you have experience in the outside world.
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Judith’s Answer

In order to earn a scholarship it is important to show a well-rounded background. Merit scholarships are granted, not only for academic excellence but also community service, athleticism, and other skills such as honor society tutoring.
For those with financial needs, academic and work experience show the grantors that you are competent and determined.
Presenting your story in the essay is a huge part of the process. Have your English teacher review and make recommendations before you present this.
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