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How to Find College Scholarships

Updated on March 18, 2009

I can't believe the rising costs of a college education. Scholarships are becoming a must have if someone wants to escape college with no student loans. The key is to find them. There are more college scholarships than a person could count and frankly it could get overwhelming trying to find one. When people think of getting a college scholarship they typically think of an athletic one or an academic one. There are so many others out there that are not based on these two things though.

One of the most important things a student can do to help them earn scholarships is to work hard and get good grades (doesn't have to be perfect, but if you have all D's, your options will be slim) and be involved in your school and community. After that it just takes research on your part. I know of people that have not worked a job the summer before college and spent 40 hours a week or more looking for and applying for college scholarships. It paid off in the form of getting their entire college education completely paid for. That is a worthwhile job in itself.

One of the first places to look for scholarships is the college or university that you plan to attend. This is also the most obvious place and you can count on many, many people trying this route. Did you know that there are thousands of scholarships not given out each year because no one applied? You need to look for the obscure and very specific scholarships. Your nationality or race, your age (specifically for older people that are heading back to college), your gender, your sexual orientation, and the field you want to major in all have scholarships specific to these traits. There are even scholarships for left handed people or people that live with certain illnesses.

You also need to look into places that you work or that your parents work. Many companies offer scholarships for their employees or their children. Clubs that you might have been involved in in high school usually offer scholarships. Many scholarships are specific to where a person is from, the university or college, and I have even seen scholarships based on a person's name. There are some wild and different scholarships out there. Think outside the box and try every angle.

Few people get a full ride to college from just one source. If spend a good chunk of time applying for a 100 or so scholarships, chances are good that you will win some. Those small scholarships add up and can quickly cover all your costs for your education. Yes it takes time and persistence, but it is worth it. There is a lot of money out there for college; you just have to find it. Good luck!


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      Om Prakash Singh 8 years ago from India, Calcutta

      Well frankly speaking even I used to think "only big book worms or big athletes can get them". I didn't know that THOUSANDS of scholarship aren't given every year just because no one applies. This is interesting. I guess I definitely need to tell my cousin about this. Thanks for the Hub. Thumbs up

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      Carolina Dursina 8 years ago from Spring Green WI

      You are such a good writer and have the greatest subjects!

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