How Average Students Can Find College Scholarships
Can “C” students find college scholarships and win money for school? Absolutely! Keep reading…
College is increasingly so expensive that parents and their students are desperate to find ways to help pay for it. I helped my son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and want to help you too. How did I do it? Read my story here.
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Many parents worry that their students who do not have a high grade point average will not be able to win any scholarship money for college. They wonder where and how to find college scholarships for average students. The good news is, there ARE ways that students with less than stellar grades can find and win scholarships.
I’d like to welcome Felecia Hatcher as a guest to my blog. Felecia is the author of The “C” Student’s Guide to Scholarships: A Creative Guide to Finding Scholarships When Your Grades Suck and Your Parents are Broke!. I purchased this book several years ago and truly appreciate the tips Felecia shares to help students find and cash-in on their strengths. Take it away, Feleica! (This information was originally published as a series of four posts. I have combined the series to make it easier for students and parents to access Felecia’s tips in one location.)
So, you want to go to college but your high school GPA is less than stellar and your parents are broke. You are probably asking yourself, “How in the world am I going to get money for college?” You are in luck, because the answer is simple, and doesn’t require becoming a braniac or a star athlete to win the money you need. You just need to know where to look to find college scholarships that you are eligible for!
The very first place you should start your scholarship search is at school. This is the best source for learning about local scholarships that you are eligible for. You can look through the scholarship folders in your high school’s counseling office to find scholarships for college. It’s also wise to ask your counselor and/or your favorite teachers if they’ve heard of any scholarship competitions that seem right for you. You can also check with your high school counselor to see what scholarships are available to prospective students.
After checking with your school (regularly), you should take your search to cyberspace. In today’s world of technology and instant information, you can find college scholarships galore just by typing a few words into Google’s search engine. Be sure you look for more scholarships outside the big scholarship databases by typing in the word “scholarship” along with your city, your country, your state, your dream college, etc. This will allow you to find less well-known opportunities in addition to the big awards the databases told you about.
You may also like to read: 10 Great Sites for Finding College Scholarships
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After that, if you’re the old fashioned type, you can move on to your local library or bookstore to check the scholarship “yellow pages.” At these locations you will be able to find massive volumes like this one that contain a vast array of available scholarships.
These compilations are published annually and contain details about eligibility and how to obtain further information. The downside to these books is that they only serve as an initial step. They can’t provide you with an actual application. They can help you find college scholarships, however, that may not be listed in online databases.
Use this tip and your family and friends can help you find college scholarships!
After this you should tap into your personal “scholarship network.” Don’t be shy about telling everyone you know that you are searching for scholarships.
Ask your friends, family, coworkers, employers, etc. to keep a lookout for scholarships on your behalf. You never know what valuable scholarship information you can find out from those closest to you.
Thank you so much, Felecia! In Felecia’s book you will find amazing examples of how average students can write stronger essays, learn how to write with a specific goal in mind when filling out applications, marketing tips to impress the judges, and much more. How to find college scholarships is only part of the process:
Felecia’s book is available on Amazon for Kindle here:
Or in paperback here: