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What is the best way to search, apply to, and win scholarships?

There are many scholarships online, but trying to search for them and plan out the ones you want to apply for can be overwhelming. How can I plan well for scholarships and have a higher chance of winning them? #scholarships #closetocollege #tuitionisexpensive

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Great question Abby. 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 thought I'd 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.


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:

Look into scholarships companies offer (e.g. Coca Cola, Taco Bell). A simple google search will do the trick. These are, I think, applied for less often than ones you find on more popular sites.
Create an account on Niche.com. They'll send you scholarships relevant to you.
Create an account on Cappex.com
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