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Effective Scholarship Searches

  • Actively investigate as many scholarship opportunities as possible
  • Read all application materials thoroughly
  • Don't be discouraged by scholarships for small dollar amounts, every bit helps!
  • Open an email account specifically for scholarships using a professional name. Avoid names which are cutesy or inappropriate. Check the account frequently so you don't miss any important messages.
  • Track deadlines
  • Gather application materials - recommendation letters, birth certificate, etc
  • Update your resume. See Resume Tips
  • Write essays tailored to the scholarship you are applying for. See Effective Essays
  • Submit the applications on time
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Say thank you if you receive an award

Additional search tips are available at that includes Winning a Scholarship Quick Reference Guide from Fastweb.