Best way to apply for scholarships
I'm a current college student and I'm finding hard to pay for the rest of my time at school. What's the best way to find scholarships that actually will help me. I've come so far and don't want to give up my dream yet.
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Hi Sarah, I’m sorry to hear you are dealing with financial hardship, but I’m glad you aren’t giving up!
I agree with Katie – your best bet for earning a scholarship is to go local, where people know you, identify with your background, or share your dream and interests. Seek out groups, organizations, and people who would most want to see YOU succeed, based on your unique characteristics. The more you can narrow it down, the smaller the pool of applicants, and the more likely you’ll be a top candidate for the award.
Where did you come from? What is your dream? What qualities make you unique? What is your family involved in? No matter what your background or interests are, chances are, you’ll find an association or special-interest group related to that, and a lot of them offer scholarships.
I don’t know your background, but here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
· Where do your parents work? Some employers offer financial assistance to employees’ children. My company does! Some industry associations & union groups offer them, too.
· Are you a member of a church? Your church may offer scholarships for members, or they may be willing to take up a collection for you, or start a fund in your honor. [The original “crowd-sourcing” was passing the hat around in church!]
· What is your ethnic background? There are countless organizations offering scholarships for students from various ethnic groups. Does your college have a multicultural office? They may be able to help connect you. For example, check out this list from NSDU’s Office of Multicultural Programs: https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/multicultural/Scholarships/Ethnicity_Based_Scholarships.pdf
· Some groups support scholarships just for women, to help level the playing field. This looks like a great resource: http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/scholarships-and-resources-for-women/
Hopefully, this gives you some ideas. Remember that persistence pays off. Even after you narrow it down, you may still be competing with many other applicants, so don’t let rejections discourage you. And, don’t be afraid to apply to lots of smaller scholarships, too, because the lower dollar amounts may deter a lot of less persistent students.
Lynette recommends the following next steps: