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How Not to Lose Your Scholarship

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Winning a scholarship is an exhilarating feeling, but what most winners don’t know is you can lose your scholarship. This article completely opened my eyes to how easy it is to lose your scholarship. Not only do you have to keep in mind what kind of college admissions some scholarships only accept, but in some cases, if your GPA drastically decreases, you may lose your scholarship money! I was also unaware that some scholarships require a certain number of voluntary hours. I feel like it would be very easy to lose track of certain scholarship requirements; probably the best way to keep track of these requirements is to write a list and check the completed items as you have met them. In some cases you can also retain your scholarship after losing eligibility. While this is awesome, instead of taking chances, you should strive to meet the requirements from the beginning. I chose this article because I didn't realize you could have your scholarships revoked. I find this article extremely valuable because it taught me how to prevent losing my eligibility for scholarship winnings.

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Weird Unknown Scholarships

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Personally, I really like the fact that there are some scholarship sites out there that offer scholarships that aren’t purely based on academics. Honestly, I find it slightly ridiculous that some scholarships out there (such as the bagpipe and duct tape scholarship) give such large rewards for a hobby/talent.  I’m actually thinking about applying for the duct tape prom dress scholarship; not only will a duct tape dress be fun and entertaining to make, but I don’t believe a whole lot of people will apply for this scholarship. Another really beneficial aspect of these odd scholarships is that many of them do not require an essay. For me, because I apply for one scholarship each night, seeing non essay scholarships as these is kind of a sigh of relief (essays get really old really fast). Seeing scholarships as these weird ones makes me realize that all of my little talents and skills may have a recognized applicable scholarship out there!  Also mentioned in this article was that you should never reject or pass through scholarships offered by private companies or clubs. When I started to look at statistics regarding this idea I found that it was a very valid statement. Not only are many of these scholarships local, but many of them go unapplied. Even if you don’t think you can win a scholarship, it’s worth a try; you never do know if a scholarship will go unapplied. Truly, winning scholarships is all about the logistics. Apply for scholarships that are sponsored by lesser known companies and clubs and you will have a better shot at winning. Before reading this article I had no idea that such strange and wacky scholarships existed; because of this, I decided to scoop it. While I can not apply to many of the strange scholarships listed, the overall message of the article inspired me to search for scholarships matching my talents. I would say because this article had that inspirational impact on me, I consider it very valuable.

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Scholarship Writing Tools

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As I have begun my quest in applying for scholarships, I have strongly struggled in completing essay based applications. Not only is it difficult to write essay after essay, but my main issue is simply what to include and what to exclude in the essay. This article I read on how to write a scholarship really boosted my knowledge base and ideas for writing scholarship essays. While I know I like to be lazy and finish my essay as soon as possible, I know now that my essay process should start with research. When researching I should always expand my knowledge on the company that is sponsoring the scholarship. If I do this, I can incorporate the company’s morals and values into my essay. I think it is also extremely important for me to realize that I can write an essay over a course of multiple days. In fact, the more effort I pour into the scholarship, the more competitive it will be in judging! While in school we are taught to fluff up our writing, for many scholarships out there I think it is more important to just get the point across. Also suggested in this article was to give yourself 24 hours between your rough draft completion and editing. I really agree with this concept because if I do this, my mind will be fresh between the time I complete my first draft and edit it (which will lead to a more thorough correction). Overall the main concept of the article was to give yourself ample time to complete a scholarship. I chose to respond to this article because the writing tools suggested by this author were extremely helpful. Since these tools were helpful and have expanded my capabilities in writing an essay, I find this article extremely valuable.

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10 Great Ways to Win a College Scholarship

10 Great Ways to Win a College Scholarship | Scholarships | Scoop.it
Need help paying for college? Here are 10 great ways to win a college scholarship.
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Collectively, I believe that all ten tips to submitting a winning scholarship are extremely useful and helpful. I have recently signed up for scholarship search engines such as Zinch, Washboard, Cappex, and College Board. I have found that while these search engines are extremely useful in giving me hundreds of available scholarships, many of their requirements do not match my profile. My favorite search engine however, would have to be Zinch. Not only does it list hundreds of scholarships, but it also has a very friendly user format. As far as the idea that community service gives you advantages, I completely agree. While I have done several hours of community service, when I apply for scholarships, I wish I had done more. Not only does community service look great to the judges, but in many cases it will set you apart from hundreds of other applicants. Another tip that will set you apart that was mentioned in this article was looking for essay based contests. While I know writing essays can become very tedious after a while, it is important to remember that the average teen is inordinately lazy. Due to this overwhelming laziness, individuals applying to scholarships will try to avoid essays. As a rule of thumb, I have tried to only apply for essay scholarships. I know that while writing these scholarships may get old, the chances of me winning are far greater than applying to a non essay scholarship. Also, usually you can reuse submitted essays! Finally, catering to a scholarships organization mission is never a bad idea. Doing this will appeal to the organization judges, and will most definitely give you a leg up in your chances of winning. I chose to scoop this article because it helpe me in starting to apply to scholarships. While the tips were fairly general, the message as a whole was extremely useful. Without this article and obtained knowledge, I cannot say my scholarships would be as thoroughly written and completed. Yes this article was valuable, and well worth my time. :)

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