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What scholarships are available to incoming seniors in high school that have greater chances of winning?

What scholarships are available to incoming seniors in high school that have greater chances of winning?

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Madisyn’s Answer

Hi Ria,

I recommend exploring scholarships that focus on particular groups of recipients. For instance, you can search for scholarships designed for individuals from your neighborhood, individuals of your ethnicity, or first-generation students (if applicable), among others. A fantastic starting point is to check out charitable organizations within your local area. Since these scholarships typically have a smaller applicant pool compared to national or widespread scholarships, your odds of success might be higher.

Wishing you the best of luck with your scholarship applications!
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Sara’s Answer

From my own journey, I discovered that I received scholarships when the competition was minimal. For instance, I sought out scholarships specific to my local area, state, and even those provided by my high school for graduating seniors. Surprisingly, many people don't apply for these particular scholarships for various reasons: the monetary reward might not meet their expectations (personally, I believe every little bit helps, as $500 can assist with textbooks or online tools for homework), they might not meet the qualifications, or they simply don't feel like applying. I recommend conducting some research, either by using a scholarship search engine or exploring what your high school has to offer. Remember, by simply applying, you increase your chances of success from nothing to a more promising percentage.
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Not sure there is an easy answer to that! The first thing is to look at your potential income post-graduation and compare it to the possible amount of loans you'd take out. If your expected salary is $30k/year and you'll have $300,000 in loans, you might consider a different school altogether. The more expensive the school does not mean you'll get a more quality education or be guaranteed a job. It really just means you'll be paying off those loans for a very long time.

Think about your life after you're done with school. Loans are necessary, but shouldn't be an anchor weighing you down. Scholarships can help offset the cost, but many times they just don't cover a huge amount of tuition and you'll have to rely on loans.

Here are some ideas for where to look for scholarships:

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Start with your parent's companies (if they are working) since they may offer scholarships that are limited to the employees children.
Check with your city/town to see if they offer any scholarships.
Look at field-specific scholarship opportunities. If you're interested in engineering, for example, look through SHPE/NSBE/SWE type organizations.
Search for heritage / cultural opportunities.
Check your app store for reputable companies that offer scholarship searches.
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Daniel’s Answer

Hi Ria!

I would encourage you to not get discouraged if you do not get the first few scholarships that you apply for. After applying many times, I did not get my first scholarship until after the ninth try. If they were easy then everyone would be getting one! Also, many students go after the "big scholarships" but those are usually harder to obtain and get handed out far fewer times. My strategy was to get a handful of small to medium size scholarships that would add up to a large scholarship. Even though this is more work for you these small/medium size scholarships are usually easier and universities/donors hand them out more frequently.

I know it can be frustrating at times but you can do it and remember to keep moving forward!
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