International Scholarships

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Who Should Apply for Scholarships?

The answer is quite simple, really. Every student who plans to attend an institution of higher education should search for and apply for scholarships. This applies to all students, including high school students, non-traditional students, current college students, graduate students, etc.

Now, some students have ideas about why they won't get scholarships. They think that there are no scholarships out there for students with less than outstanding grade point averages or with poor standardized test scores. They claim that their parents make too much money or that they won't be attending 'traditional colleges.' They say that they are not minority students and aren't enrolled in a lot of extracurricular activities or involved in their communities. They even argue that they are not planning to attend college immediately after graduation, and so they won't be eligible for any scholarship funding at all. The list of reasons goes on and on...

Although some of these reasons may sound pretty legitimate and you have probably heard at least one of them before (maybe even inside your own head), they are false! Not every scholarship provider is looking for an academically gifted or actively involved student. Many scholarships are not based on financial need or minority status. There are scholarships available to students who want to attend non-traditional schools, like cosmetology schools, modeling academies, technical institutions, etc. And if you want to take a break between high school and college, do will still be able to find scholarships for non-traditional, returning students when you are ready to return to school (just be sure to go back, okay?).

All college students should keep this thought in mind: There are always scholarships out there if you really search hard enough to find them. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. And once you've made up your mind to actually search for and apply for scholarships, the only challenging part is actually finding specific scholarships that you can apply for.

Just remember, don't limit your scholarship search, and try to find scholarships that match your unique student profile. Sure, your guidance or financial aid office probably has a list of a few scholarships that you can browse through, and you've probably heard about some of the more popular scholarship programs online, but there are so many more out there. There are even some $30 books out there that list thousands of scholarships, and you can do a generic search on the Internet for the word 'scholarship' and find millions of results returned. But by the time you comb through all of the scholarship listings to find out if you are eligible to apply, well...let's just say that you may be old enough to qualify for a free tuition program for senior citizens by then!

Your best bet in finding scholarships that you can actually apply for is to use an online scholarship search service that has sophisticated matching technology and pulls scholarship information from an accurate and up-to-date database. This will save you time as you look for scholarships that match your own unique set of experiences and background information. Just be sure the online service you use has a strict privacy policy for dealing with student profile data so that you don't get bombarded with unwanted mail, email and phone solicitations. College students (and future college students) take note: Don't psych yourself out before you start searching for scholarships. Scholarships are out there in all shapes and sizes to help you pay for college, and the only real reason you won't get any is if you decide not to search and apply for them!

Source: Scholarship Experts

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