So, You’ve Been Accepted! What Now?

So you have been accepted into your favorite college or are in the last year of high school and wondering if your parents can afford to send you there? If you are not sure how to pay for the next four years or even the first semester, scholarships are a way to make your dreams come true.

Scholarships are very popular and it does not mean you have to belong to a sports team to be eligible for one. They are gifts given to students to help achieve their goals and make the world a better place. There are many opportunities out there to be granted the chance to earn money, some of which are in your own backyard. For one example, your parents’ employer or a religious group would be a great way to sponsor the future of their community.

Where do you start looking for scholarships? You would need to look for as many places as you can for these chances to gain free money and there are many easy and friendly places to look for them.

The first place to look for scholarships is your local high school counselor. They can offer you their professional advice and they would be a great mentor to you if you need help preparing for the requirements of the scholarship such as writing essays and filling out applications. Another great place to search is the public library. The reference section would be helpful and would have guides for you to review to help you decide if certain types of scholarships are better for you than others. In fact, there are even weird scholarships that you may be approved for!

Sometimes we may think that it is just about getting money and then it goes quickly into the tuition, but having the acceptance of a higher type of program offered would benefit many people besides the person applying for the scholarship. The local community, the religious groups in the neighborhood, the local sports teams and most importantly the town itself.

The only pitfall is to make sure you avoid scams. Many people offer free advice and money for personal information that can be used against you later (such as your social security information or bank information). Always check to make sure these companies are legit and are offering what they say they will.

Checking with the federal aid office and the U.S. Department of Labor are also great places to look for government related grants and they are definitely legal and of good standing. Merit based and sport scholarships are the main ways to be approved for these types of programs but with financially challenged low income families, there ways to better your life with the help of others who have been in your shoes. If you are going to receive financial aid to pay for your tuition, scholarships would be an addition to the entire cost of going to college.

In summary, take a look at scholarship based websites, read reference guides, go to your counselor or religious leaders for guidance, help, emotional and financial support. You have many resources at your fingertips to advise you on your future goals and dreams. Go make the most of any opportunity that comes your way and always thank the people who have made it happen!

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Different Types of Scholarships

There is a vast ocean of scholarships available out there for worthy, ambitious students willing to do what is necessary to earn them. It can be overwhelming to try to sift through them all and, once you’ve got a list of them ready to apply for, the traditional processes might also be overwhelming or even a little boring. The following scholarships, however, are not your usual, weird traditional types!

For the more adventurous and daring students, check into the Our World-Underwater Society Rolex Scholarship! This scholarship has rather stringent application requirements but the rewards for winning are amazing! The rewards include up to $25,000 for use on travel expenses and other such expenses while the winners are working, for about a year, right alongside the current leaders in various underwater fields of study. Three winners are chosen each year, one each from the North America, Europe, and Australasia. The winners will primarily travel within their home regions but, there is the possibility of global travel for the winners of this particular scholarship.

For more information, log on to this website: http://www.owuscholarship.org/scholarships

(Sources: https://scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/weird-scholarships/our-world-underwater-society-rolex-scholarship and www.owuscholarships.org/scholarships )

For those students out there that are more industrious and inventive, look into the Collegiate Inventors Competition! This program “rewards innovations, discoveries, and research” and encourages an active role in invention and innovation. Students from the fields of mathematics, sciences and technology often find their way to this competition but, it is not limited to these fields.

The deadline is June 14, 2016 and awards are up to $100,000 for students and their mentors. For additional details on what is expected for this competition and how to participate, log on to http://collegiateinventors.org/ and look around, or email them at collegiate@invent.org .

Last, but not least, for all those students out there that are sci-fi/fantasy fans, try for the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship! Yes, you read that right, Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship! This scholarship is open to all students, 13 years old or older. The deadline is October 31, 2016 (what an appropriate date!) and the award is $2000 for the student who can write the winning essay. For 2012, the winning essay needed to explain where the student would escape to if a zombie outbreak happened at their school as well as the five things he or she would take with them to ensure their own survival.

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