December 6, 2019

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Searching For Scholarship: It’s Time To Go Fishing


Sometimes, it is important to view scholarship searching like fishing.  You need to throw your net out of the boat, and drag the dark, murky bottom of the river.  Of course, when you start pulling in your nets, it might not seem like you have much, but there could be hundreds of fish on the other end.  It takes patience, and a good knowledge of where the best parts of the river are.

In the same way, searching for scholarship is going to take some patience, but there could be thousands and thousands of dollars waiting for you.

Do keep in mind that the search is worth it.  If you attempt to put your entire education on student loans, you will be paying them off for the next thirty four years.  And in this economy, there’s no guarantee of a job afterwards.  The best way to go is to get someone else to pay for that education.


The First Place To Look


Your first place to look should be… well… here!  It is important that you look through a lot of search engines and websites concerning your scholarships.  Your most lucrative searches will end up as the ones that have to do with the college you plan to go to, in addition to the major you happen to be interested in.

As you read this article, you are sure to find no less then several million sites and options for scholarships on the Internet, however, you will want to sort through them.  There are some places in the river that will have more of your fish than others.

It is best if you figure out your major, your strengths, and especially what college you want to go to before you begin your hunt.  Think of those as like weaving your net together.


Go To College Workshops


This is something you will want to do once you get on campus.  Go directly to your financial aid office, and simply ask to speak with them about scholarship options.  If you do this, they might not have anything for you, but hey will most certainly be able to point you in the right direction.

College workshops for scholarships are on every campus, they might not always go by those names.  Now, keep this in mind… you college wants you to find scholarships.  The more scholarships you find, the hire the chances of them getting paid on time.  Also, you will be more likely to stick around for your entire college degree, which has a higher chance that you will be a donating alumni later on.

These workshops will give you the best, most likely scholarships that have a track record of giving a lot of money to good students.  They already know the ins and outs, all you have to do is walk through that door.

Also, if you are in high school, talk to your guidance councilor.  They are the hookup for all things “after high school”.


Understanding The Flow of Money


Are you already in a career?  Then you could not be in a better position to go back to school and have someone else foot the bill.  Consider that your place of business wants highly qualified people working for them.  If you are well educated, that makes you a better worker, and business will pay for that.  So, you should go to your HR people, and even your manager, and shoot them the question.  Often times, they will refer your to a corporate office that will tell you their “educational” benefit package.

These are only a few places, but it’s a great way to start your search.