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How am I able to apply for scholarships for college?

How am I able to apply for scholarships for college? I'm not able to find good resources online or any search engines.

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Nicholas’s Answer

Submitting your FAFSA is an excellent way to obtain financial assistance, whether it's through securing loans or scholarships that don't need to be repaid. If you are currently enrolled in high school, reaching out to your guidance counselor or academic achievement center can be a valuable resource. They have access to a wide variety of external university scholarship sites and can provide guidance and information.

Additionally, it's a good idea to explore various university websites and visit their financial aid sections. Often, they provide links that lead students to diverse selections of scholarship and grant applications.

Another effective strategy is to search for local scholarships in your area. Local scholarships tend to be less competitive than those found on well-known sites, increasing your chances of winning.
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Jake’s Answer

Is there a college and career center at your school? If yes, make sure to connect with the person in charge. Many high schools provide scholarships exclusively for their students, which aren't accessible to everyone. Moreover, during my high school days, we had a special awards night near the end of our senior year. Perhaps, your school also offers separate competitions to win scholarships as you approach the conclusion of your high school journey.
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Kweku’s Answer

Hey,
There are quite a number of ways you could go about getting exposed to scholarship opportunities in your college. You could try out the following:
1) Reach out to the finance office at your college. You could do this either in person or through email communication to ask about potential scholarship opportunities you may qualify for and where you could go to find them.
2) You could go into your college's website to use their general search engine to try to find possible opportunities available for you, the same can be done within your student portal if that is available.

Hope this helps!
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Melissa’s Answer

Hello Lesly,

If you are in high-school, reach out to your school counselor for guidance into this. If you have already graduated high-school do an engine search for scholarships. Include specific information, such as : female, your nationality etc. This should provide you some results. Best thing to do is to apply to them and provide a good essay about yourself. I hope this helps.

-Melissa
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Make sure to explore the app store as well. You'll find apps that can assist you in finding scholarships suitable for you.

It's great that you're considering how to fund your education! I recommend examining the potential earnings from your chosen degree and evaluating if the student loans will be manageable after you graduate. Keep in mind that loan repayment may take a while and could significantly impact your budget.
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Kenneth’s Answer

Great to hear you're asking about scholarships! I didn't apply for enough when I was entering college and had more debt because of it. School counselors are helpful, but it's up to you to put in the work to apply.

I would say the best place to start would be on this site:
https://studentaid.gov/articles/scholarship-tips/

In short, FAFSA is your friend as it unlocks not only government aide, it helps you gather the information you need for non-government scholarships.

I would treat it as a job that you just spend a regular amount of time every week to go through and apply to everything and anything you might be qualified for. Per hour spent, it might even end up paying more than a job!

You're already ahead of the game asking, so just keep up the momentum and apply like crazy!

Kenneth recommends the following next steps:

Go through the steps listed here: https://studentaid.gov/articles/scholarship-tips/
Apply to as many scholarships as possible
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Neemat’s Answer

First see if you are eligible for government programs like FAFSA. Most of tuition may be covered.

There's an app called scholarly. Some really competitive ones are thrive and the gates. Just show who you are and the great things you've accomplished. Understanding your goals and passion for the future will definitely gear you towards the right direction.
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Hong-Nhi’s Answer

Hi Lesly!

I don't know of a specific or reliable search engine that can provide that information. I also find that sites like that get spammed with thousands of applicants and may be hard to stand but I do have other methods of going about finding ways to fund your education.

1. As a fellow Floridian, if you decide to stay in state, I would urge you to try to fulfill the requirements for Bright Futures to become a Florida Academic or Florida Medallion Scholar. Florida Academic Scholars will receive an award amount equal to 100% of tuition and applicable fees and Florida Medallion Scholars will receive 75% of tuition and applicable fees in Fall and Spring.

2. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible! Depending on your family's financial situation, you may receive additional funding and all you have to do if fill out and submit the forms on time.

3. Local Scholarships - I volunteered at a local hospital during high school to get volunteer hours for Bright Futures and they provided a couple small scholarships every years to volunteers who are graduating high school seniors. Since I decided early on which university I would attend, I also received a scholarship from the local alumni chapter of that university. They award scholarships to local high school students who have accepted to attend that university in the fall. The values were small but every bit helps! There are also scholarships at the county and city level which may require targeted google searching.

4. Reach out to your high school counselor! They could provide additional resources and area specific advice. Some schools also have college specific guidance counselors to help students navigate the college application process.

I hope this helps and I wish you the best! It's great that you are already being proactive and invested in your education.
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