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College Scholarship Tip Friday: Double-Check Deadlines
This easy college scholarship tip will save students a TON of time!
In both scholarship search websites and big scholarship listing books (like this one), the deadline that is published is not always the current deadline.
If the organization that offers the scholarship money did not contact the scholarship listing source, it seems the previous year’s deadline is assumed to be the same for the new year.
What this means for scholarship searchers is to go an extra step when making a list of scholarships to apply for and make a quick visit to the website of the scholarship provider to verify the deadline for the current year. If there is no website, call the organization and ask.
Make sure it is the student who makes the call and have him or her ask to speak to whoever is in charge of the scholarship program. They should be extra polite and share their full name and reason for the call.
There is a possibility they will be talking to one of the scholarship judges, so a good impression is critical and SMART.
Always double-check deadlines and don’t assume they will stay the same every year or valuable college scholarship money may be missed and time wasted on late applications!
Monica Matthews is the author of How to Win College Scholarships. She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regards to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process.
Her method of helping students in finding college scholarships, writing unique and compelling scholarship essays, creating amazing scholarship application packets and more, have taught desperate parents to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars.
Monica’s scholarship tips have been featured on many prominent websites and she has been dubbed the “Go-To” expert on college scholarships.