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Juanaquena Said,
February 1st, 2013 @10:40 am  

1. If you have a list of colleges or universities to which you are thinking of applying for Fall 2013 acceptance, then check those schools’ web sites – often the schools’ Financial Aid or Scholarships web pages will have info on scholarships the schools’ have available to just their own accepted, enrolled students.

2. Look for scholarships with what I think is the best, most reliable database: Scholarship Search from the well-respected College Board:
* https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
Click on the Start button.
If you choose to register (free – registration is not required) to return later & modify your search strategy, feel secure you will not receive spam emails. Don’t select too many defining terms in your search strategy, which may result in a poor scholarship search result.

Try the CollegeNet Mach25 Scholarship Search database:
* http://www.collegenet.com/mach25/app
There is no registration required. If you use the Profile Search option, don’t include a large number of Misc. identifiers or you may have an unsuccessful search result. I think the Keyword Search option is the easiest. Scholarships specific to particular colleges/universities are included in the Mach25 database.

With the results of both scholarship search databases you will have to look at each scholarship option in the results and the info on the scholarship granting organization web pages to determine if you qualify to apply.

Beware of many other “scholarship search” web sites. Many have info on contests & require registration to use, resulting in a lot of spam email. Read their privacy policies very carefully regarding selling/giving your info to 3rd parties. If they sell/give your info to 3rd parties, avoid them.

3. When you do find a scholarship for which you want to apply, make sure you meet the scholarship requirements, be sure to follow the application rules to the letter; use perfect spelling, grammar & punctuation; & submit your application before the deadline.

4. Many other students will be applying for the same scholarships & only a few or maybe just one will be awarded. Please do not pin all your hopes of higher education financing on being awarded enough scholarship/grant funds to cover all your college expenses.

I hope you have been saving any gift money & earnings – as much as possible for a number of years.

5. Once school is back in session next Fall, talk with a high school counselor to learn all you can about financial aid for college/university, including the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid – http://www.fafsa.ed.gov ) which you will need to complete & submit early in 2013. Most US colleges/universities will need your completed/submitted FAFSA to help them determine the amount and kind of financial aid they can offer you, including scholarships. Staff members of the colleges/universities that interest you may also need a completed CSS Profile (from the College Board – https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/prf/index.jsp ) to determine if you will be awarded any scholarships/grants.

6. Visit your local public library & ask a reference librarian to help you find these books to check out, read, and learn more:

Title: The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price (2nd edition)
Author: Lynn O’Shaughnessy
Publisher: FT Press, 2012

Title: Debt-free U: how I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships, or mooching off my parents
Author: Zac Bissonnette
Publisher: New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2010

Title: Peterson’s how to get money for college: financing your future beyond federal aid, 2011
Publisher: Lawrenceville, N.J.: Peterson’s, 2010
Updated and published annually

Title: The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes (4th edition)
Authors: Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe
Publisher: Supercollege, Llc;, 2011
ISBN: 978-1932662948

Title: The A’s and B’s of academic scholarships (27th edition)
Author: Anna J. Leider
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: Octameron Associates, 2011
Lists 100,000 scholarships, not based on need, available at colleges and universities across the USA.

Title: How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay: 30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships (3rd edition)
Authors: Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe
Publisher: Supercollege, Llc;, 2009

Librarians–Ask Us, We Answer!
Find your local Public Library at:
http://www.publiclibraries.com/
Find your College/University Library at:
http://lists.webjunction.org/libweb/Academic_main.html

Best wishes

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