Stop Clicking to Nowhere in Your College Scholarship Search
The college scholarship search is so frustrating when you land on outdated awards, irrelevant links, and SPAM. Use this easy tip to FIND scholarships now!
The college scholarship search can be fun and rewarding, but only if you know how to easily weed out the junk to find the awards that you or your student can actually add to their scholarship list.
For example, your student is planning on becoming a doctor and needs scholarships to help pay for college. How do you find scholarships that he or she can apply for? Searching online for “scholarships” can result in an overwhelming list of websites that could take months to wade through, not to mention the sites that are just plain spam. (Make sure you know how to spot fake scholarships and scams!)
There is a better and more time-saving way to search for and find college scholarships.
If you are searching for scholarships online, the more specific you are in your use of search terms will result in more scholarships you will find that pertain to your student’s college major. Your student can apply for general scholarships such as the award offered by Coca-Cola, of course, but the more the scholarship matches your student’s interests, the better chance they have of being awarded the scholarship.
If you were a scholarship judge for a hospital or medical related company, would you award the scholarship money to an aspiring doctor or a future farmer? It just makes sense to steer your scholarship searching towards those scholarships that are awarded from companies that relate to your student’s college major.
Do a college scholarship search the SMART way!
Using the example of a student who is an aspiring doctor, instead of searching for “scholarships”, type in “medical scholarships 2018 2019” into your search box. You will get a list of scholarships that are specifically for students who are going into a medical career. If you come up with links that take you to applications that are for the previous year, make a note of the application due date and check back at least two months before that date to see if the application for the current year is now available.
If you get to a website that offers a scholarship, but cannot find a link to the requirements or application, don’t give up! Search the whole site and if you still can’t find the scholarship information, go to the “contact us” page and send a polite email inquiring about where you would find the information needed to apply for their scholarship.
When this happened to me when my son was applying for scholarships, I took it a step further and in my email gave a brief, yet informational, description of my son and his accomplishments in the chance that his name would be remembered by the person reading and responding to the email. You never know who the scholarship judges are and every little step that is taken to impress the judges could be the difference between winning the scholarship money or NOT.Stop clicking to nowhere in your search to find scholarships for college with these smart tips! Click To Tweet
Searching online is only ONE way of finding scholarships. When my son was a senior in high school, we used several methods and were able to find scholarships that weren’t even listed on scholarship search sites or in scholarship listing books. As a result, my son won enough scholarship money to go to college for FREE. You can find out exactly what we did in my guides, How To Win College Scholarships: A Guide For Parents In 10 Easy Steps and How To Win College Scholarships: A Guide For Students In 10 Easy Steps.