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Scholarship Search Tips for High School Seniors Who Need Money Now

If you are looking for scholarship search tips for high school seniors, I am going to share three tips that I want you to pass on to your high school seniors. There is money still available for your high school seniors right now. The key is to know how and where to search for those scholarship dollars.

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  1. Search for scholarships with a plan. There are so many scholarships out there (and only a percentage of them will fit your high school seniors)!  In order to get rid of the frustration of searching for hours with no results, students need a plan that helps them to search smarter, not harder. This is what I like to call a scholarship search strategy. This strategy is simply a plan of how and where your students will search for scholarships. This is great for high school seniors since they don’t have as much as younger students.

What does a scholarship search strategy look like? It is a list of your students’ talents and achievements such as academic activities, leadership experience, volunteer experience, and hobbies/interests.

      2. Focus on searching for local scholarship opportunities. Your high school seniors have a greater chance of winning local scholarships as compared to national scholarships because the number of eligible applicants is smaller. Your high school seniors should check with every local business, charity, and community organization for scholarships.

      3.  Ask Mom and Dad to check with their employer for scholarship opportunities. Many employers provide scholarships as an employee benefit. Advise your seniors to check with their parents about scholarship programs. (*Bonus: Some employers may participate in tuition waiver or reduction programs. Ask about these opportunities as well).

Finally, encourage your students to view searching for scholarships as their job. If they searched for 4 hours, applied for a scholarship, and won a $1,000 scholarship, they earned $250 per hour. There are scholarships out there and your high school seniors can take advantage of those opportunities by following the three tips above.

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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 stressed and overwhelmed corporate moms how to pay less for their college bound child’s college education so that they can help their children to get into their best-fit college with ease. She is the author of The Ultimate Guide for Finding and Winning More Money for College Now and The Ultimate Guide for Finding and Winning More Money for College Now: Nursing Edition.

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