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9 Important Strategies for Finding and Applying for Scholarships

Scholarships are an important financial aid option available to students to help pay for college expenses, and the best part is they don’t have to be repaid. There are thousands of scholarships available to students each year, awarded based on a number of factors such as academic performance, athletic ability, artistic talents, volunteering in an organization, unique background, and much more. In fact there are scholarships for almost any unique talent, skill, background, and accomplishment that it can only be beneficial for you to spend some time learning about how they can potentially play a role in saving you thousands of dollars to offset the high cost of college!

What is important to understand is that scholarships are not only awarded to students with the highest GPA and the most impressive sports record, but for all types of students. You just need to know how to look for them, and what strategies are most effective for winning them. Below are 9 important strategies for how to find and apply for scholarships, and most importantly, how to increase your chances of being chosen as a recipient:

College and Financial Planning Strategies for 2016!

We hope your New Year is off to a great start. Many of the seniors just finished their college applications and some of them are starting to hear back from colleges already. Numerous students are getting fantastic acceptances with tens of thousands of dollars in free money and it’s only the beginning of January!

A lot of the free money for college acceptances will come from the colleges themselves. However, many students will get free money for college expenses through outside scholarships…

Summer College Planning Updates — Exciting News!

We hope you are having a great summer! In our last blog article, we gave you a lot of insight and strategies for how to enjoy your summer while also strengthening your college admissions profile.

As we mentioned, being the best college applicant possible is all about having an effective and cohesive game plan, and also understanding what college admission officers look for in a successful applicant. Using the flexibility of the summer months is a great way to develop your passions and interests while also giving back to your community.

And that’s what many of our students have done. They have made a positive difference at both the local and international level. We’re excited to give you some great updates!

The Summer Game Plan!

The summer is almost here and for students this is a great time to relax and have fun. It’s also a great time to further develop and strengthen your college admissions profile. Remember, being the best college applicant you can be is all about having an effective game plan and cohesive strategy, and understanding what college admission officers look for in a successful applicant. And during summers, admission officers want to know how you spent your time and what meaningful contributions and activities you took part in. So have fun this summer, but also look at the bigger picture of college admissions. What can you do to stand out, make a meaningful contribution, and what activities can you pursue that are in line with your passions and interests? Below are seven ways to make the most out of your summer experience:

How to Get Great Letters of Recommendation

One of the important parts of a college application is the letters of recommendation oftentimes required by many colleges. Letters of recommendation are important because they reveal traits about you that grades and test scores cannot. Also, they provide personal opinions of your character and show who is willing to speak on your behalf.

Letters of recommendation can carry serious weight in the admissions process and therefore, should not be taken lightly. To get the best letters of recommendation, follow these important guidelines:

Lessons Learned from the College Application Season

Through working with thousands of families over the years, we have learned quite a bit about how to get students into their dream colleges. We have also helped families get hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship offers including many full-ride tuitions.

We want to share with you some of the top strategies that have been working with our students this past application season so that you can be more prepared and successful in the college planning process. Here are the top five strategies:

The Ultimate College Planning Podcast #5: How to Pay for College

In this episode, we interview Nancy Paul who is a best-selling author and scholarship expert. Nancy gives invaluable insight on the scholarship process and how to most effectively develop a strategy to maximize the amount of money awarded.

What many people don’t realize is that there is an abundance of scholarships available for students, and many of these scholarships are awarded based on merit. Merit can include GPA, athletic ability, volunteering, career interest, religious affiliation, a unique talent, and so much more. The reality is that there is a lot of free money available to students if they just understand how to look for it and what they need to do to qualify.

Nancy provides an overview of the scholarship process and gives powerful strategies that can greatly help in pursuing scholarship opportunities.