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College Scholarship Tip: Get the Big Book!
You may think this college scholarship tip is old-fashioned, but it truly works!
The book is updated yearly and scholarships are listed by states, intended college majors, club affiliations, ethnicity, and more.
Parents and their students can browse through this book noting scholarship details and websites where the applications can be found. Most public libraries have this book available to borrow or it can be ordered on Amazon HERE.
Be sure to get the most current version.
Your time can be used wisely and make it a habit of browsing through this book while watching TV, waiting in the car for students to finish sports or music practice, and/or on lunch breaks at work.
Find more time-saving tips in this post.
Always make a quick visit to the website when noting application deadlines, as organizations offering scholarships do change dates.
When making notes on each scholarship, jot down:
- Full name of the scholarship
- Who may apply (high school senior, college student, etc.)
- When the application is due
- Amount of scholarship money offered
- When awards are announced
- Whether it is an online-only or mailed-in application
- What other materials are required (transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay)
Making a detailed list of what each scholarship requires will save time and avoid unnecessary research when it comes time for students to apply.
Also, a scholarship may be found that a student would be qualified to apply for the following year in school and the information will already be saved and can be quickly revisited when all application qualifications are met.
2021 UPDATE: Use the Scholarship Toolkit Organizer to save SMART!
Winning college scholarships is all about applying for as many as possible and getting into the groove of finding them, writing essays, and putting together a fantastic application packet.
This parent says it best,
“Son is a freshman and so far nothing out of pocket at least for this 1st year. For years 2-4, out of pocket is reasonable and will be paid from 529 so no loans. Remaining $ in 529 is geared for graduate school. But we’re consistently working on outside scholarships. Definitely pick up the How to Win Scholarships guide. Very valuable info. One of my son’s scholarship committees were so impressed with his hard copy application they gave him a $100 visa giftcard outside of the normal $500 scholarship. They said the “packet” was so impressive & the heavyweight paper. Also, his interview was impressive as well but they couldn’t get over his packet.” W.Y., Facebook Fan
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.