Meet a new best friend for scholarship searching...
Searching for scholarship money is serious business. You are trying to earn enough to get to college! You must be focused and organized.
1 Searching on Google needs to be filtered and narrow. Use key words that are unique to you: race, ethnicity, heritage ( - American), talent, experience, geographic area, specific college, 1st generation to college, religion, left-handed, tall, short – you get the idea. And don’t forget to use your future career choice as another possible search word.
2 Now Get Organized! Create an Excel spreadsheet to help keep track of everything: The name of the scholarship, due date, website, any contact information, what is required (letters of rec, transcript, essays), date you completed each step, submitted date
3 Be smart. There are lots of websites that want money to help you search. Do not fall for it.
4 Stay in the Loop! Sign up for Google Alerts to send you email notices whenever a new scholarship with your search key words is posted. Create Due Date notices on your Google calendar at least one week before the actual due date.
Pinterest- not just for crafts, desserts and workouts! You can use social media for more than stalking friends and looking at pictures-- you can actually find helpful scholarship information, search tips, links to specific scholarships, apps, essay tips and more. Need someplace to start, check out these. Something to remember in case you come across something suspicious, never pay money to apply or for help applying to scholarships.