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How to Search for College Scholarships Like a Pro in Under An Hour

The truth is that your child needs to actively search for college scholarships unless your child has been offered a scholarship to cover all of the costs associated with attending college. The other truth is that there are so many sources of information, website, apps, and books promising to be the one-stop shop for scholarship opportunities. How do you help your child sift through all of the fluff?

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Discover what it really takes to find more scholarships that actually apply to your child in under an hour!

Can you imagine knowing what you are looking for but have no clue of where to find it? It’s beyond frustrating because you not only want to find it, but don’t want to spend anymore time than necessary to find it. This is exactly how the scholarship searching process is for many students and their families. But, the great news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Your child needs a scholarship search roadmap because no two students nor academic abilities are the same. In other words, following generic scholarship advice will only take your child so far. To go all the way (and save time and frustration), your child needs to create a method that consistently gets results.

Get the step-by-step method to learn how to find more scholarships tailored to your child in less than one hour!

First, your child needs to create a personalized scholarship resume. A scholarship resume contains all of your child’s qualities, special talents, volunteer experience, and leadership experience. This resume represents the endless possibilities of scholarship opportunities available to your child.

The best way to create a scholarship resume is to have your child spend time brainstorming his or her special talents (singing, poetry, etc), qualities, and experience. Spend time creating your own list to help your child capture all pertinent information. Don’t forget to include your industry or association memberships, local organizations, and your parents’ industry or association memberships as well.

The next step is to organize the information by categories (talents, association memberships, etc). If your child has items that won’t fit with the other categories, feel free to create a general categories.

The final step is to now go to search engines and local sources (library, your child’s guidance counselor, etc.). Your child will take his or her scholarship resume and search for scholarships that pertain to the specific talent, skill, or association. After completing this specific search, your child will need to search for general scholarships (gender, desired college major, geographic location, etc.). 

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If you know students or families preparing for college who need scholarships, share these tips and strategies!

About the author

Ashley Hill is a Scholarship Search Strategist who is passionate about teaching overwhelmed students (K-12, homeschool, adult, international, undergraduate, and graduate students) how to use their talents and achievements to increase their chances of winning scholarships.

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