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    How to Find School Scholarships
    With the Internet at most people's fingertips, the process of finding scholarships has gotten a whole lot easier. In fact, where you used to have to spend countless hours at the library searching through a gigantic book of scholarships that may or may not be still current, you can now sit in your pajamas at home and browse the web on your own time.

    However, that doesn’t mean you should just hop online and look for scholarships are random—though that can be a good way to get a sense of what's out there. You should definitely have a plan of action for your scholarship search. The following tips should help you get a handle on the many thousands of scholarships available and find those you qualify for.


    Get A Head Start
    The process of applying to scholarships should start relatively early. In fact, you can begin your search sometime during your sophomore year in high school. You really should start early because some scholarships accept applications extremely early, like the summer before you begin your senior year, for instance. By starting early, you can get a good idea of the types of scholarships available and their requirements.


    Fulfill the Prerequisites
    Many scholarships have prerequisites that you must fulfill. Prerequisites can include anything from a certain GPA to a portfolio. The point is, a certain amount of planning is required in order to fulfill these requirements. So, searching early for scholarships is your best bet to finding out what you qualify for and what you qualify for by the time you are done with high school. If you find yourself coming up a little bit short on the GPA for a scholarship you really want, you will still have plenty of time to raise it so you can qualify.


    Determine if You Qualify
    It's one thing to find scholarships you will qualify for with a bit of work and those that you can never qualify for. For instance, applying for a scholarship meant for people of African American descent, would not be a good idea if you are Hispanic. Nor would applying for an art scholarship if you have no interest and no ability in the field.

    When you search for scholarships, it is your job to find those that you do or will qualify for, no matter what. For instance, if you have Apache heritage, you will qualify for a Native American scholarship. Or, if you have a great interest in science and enter the science fair each year, you will most likely qualify for several science-related scholarships. Read the requirements carefully for any scholarship that peaks your interest. If you qualify, save it!


    Places To Look
    Now that we've discussed some tactics to locating the right scholarships for you, let's talk about where you can look, specifically.


    Online Scholarship Searches
    By far, one of the best ways to search for scholarships on the web is to use free resources available through various scholarship search engines and databases.

    Another way of finding scholarships online is to use your search engine. You can search for "scholarships" and see what you get or you can narrow it down a bit. Try searching for "scholarship" + something you’re interested in. This way, you’ll be immediately taken to relevant search results for scholarships in your area of interest.


    Offline Scholarship Searches
    You can also find scholarships off of the Internet—a real shocker, I know, in this digital age. A good place to start is with your counselors in high school. They often have huge lists of scholarships that are available. Ask to see the lists and find what you can. You can also call up the financial aid office of colleges you are interested in. More often than not, they are willing to help you find scholarship listings.

    Don't forget your library, either! There are many books available that list scholarships that you can browse. If anything looks interesting, write it down, call them up and see if it is still available. Or, you can even search about it online.

    All it takes is a little bit of diligence. Ask around about scholarship opportunities and see what you can come up with.
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      1. Not following directions
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      5. Not including information such as a transcript or recommendation
      6. Not answering the essay question or another question asked.

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