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What are some reliable websites or places that provide students with resources such as scholarships, grants, etc?

I'm no different from many other college students in terms of realizing that going to college is quite expensive. Most of us find ourselves struggling to find financial aid and resources that will allow us to pursue our chosen profession. As a grad student, I've had to apply for loans and I want to be able to minimize the amount I owe after graduation. I'm aware of some resources provided by my school, but would also like to learn more about some external resources that may be available to graduate students. #scholarships #student resources #grants #financial-aid #graduate-school #cyber-security

If you are a first year student, I would definitely suggest Fastweb (https://www.fastweb.com/directory/scholarships-for-first-year-graduate-students). At this link you will be able to find scholarships, grants, and fellowships. If your school is a Title IV school or a matching school under AmeriCorps, I would sign up for the program. At the end of a term, you receive a $5,000+ award to be used for educational purposes. Currently, I am serving a term in AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is not the military however you would serve as a government volunteer fighting to reduce poverty. In addition, please look at your school's financial aid page that may list external scholarships that your school suggests. Jessica W.

Hello Jessica, The website you provided was extremely helpful in providing some great Scholarships and financial assistance options. I will certainly look into AmeriCorps and any other possibilities that will help me reduce my student debt. Thank you for your help. Armando T.

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Great question Armando. I'm sorry no one's answered it yet! In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few links to other relevant Q&A on CareerVillage.org that should be super helpful for you to read through. I also wanted to chime in with my two cents:)

Take a look at the "next steps" section below for a list of sites you should create accounts on if you haven't already. Tips:

  1. Dedicate a minimum of 1 hour a day for a few weeks to applying for scholarships and it'll go a long way.
  2. Be thoughtful about your entries, just doing the bare minimum isn't going to land you any scholarships. It's better to spend more time on each entry to ensure it's well thought out than to rush through to try to enter a bunch. Quality over quantity!!
  3. I recommend writing one STELLAR essay. Chances are you'll use it for every scholarship application (potentially only having to make minor edits dependent on what the prompt is). Tell a story that clearly represents who you are and what's important to you. The goal of the essay should be to let the reader in to your life. If you can do that in a genuine and meaningful way you'll be considered, I promise! A couple of ideas: Write about the hardest thing you've had to go through in your life or what makes you so passionate about something. Be sure to include lessons you've learned and what you hope to do with that knowledge/experience later in life.
  4. Spend more time finding scholarships that directly pertain to YOU so it cuts down the competition. Look for scholarships in your local community, or that are just for young women, for example. Know what career path you want to pursue? There are probably dozens of scholarship opportunities that are only for students aspiring to follow a specific career path (e.g. STEM, entertainment, sports, design, etc. etc.)

Relevant Q&A on CareerVillage.org you should read:

What financial support can I find to help me pay for college?

How to stand out when applying for scholarships?

What are the chances of winning scholarships?

Lindsey recommends the following next steps:

Create an account on Cappex and Niche.com
Look for scholarships from bigger companies like Coca-Cola and Taco Bell. Oftentimes they won't list on bigger sites and therefore less youth apply.
Know what school you're attending? Talk to students who go there to see if they have any insights on how to pay for school/what grants or scholarships to apply for.

Thank you so much for the helpful tips. I will certainly apply all your suggestions to my scholarship application process as I continue on with my graduate studies. Although I haven't been persistent in applying, I know I will increase my chances if I follow your sound advice. Armando T.

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Niloufer’s Answer

(ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education provides scholarships, see link below


Thank you so much Mr. Tamboly I will certainly follow up on the link you provided. Armando T.

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