Winning a Scholarship Quick Reference Guide


1. Start searching for scholarships as soon as possible. Don't wait until the spring of your senior year in high school to start searching, or you'll miss half the deadlines. There are many scholarships available to students in grades K-11, not just high school seniors.

2. To win more scholarships, apply to every scholarship for which you are eligible. It's a numbers game. Even among talented students, winning involves a bit of luck, not just skill. Pursue less competitive scholarships, such as small awards and essay contests.

3. Google your name to ensure that you have a professional online presence. Use a clean email address, such as Review your social media accounts, removing inappropriate and immature material. Share your social media accounts with your guidance counselor to make sure you did not miss anything.

4. Personalize your essay and be passionate. Write about something of interest to you. Make your application stand out from the crowd. Talk about your impact on other people. Give examples and be specific. Proofread a printed copy of your essay and the application for spelling and grammar errors.

The Fastweb scholarship database is updated daily and the site will email you notifications of new scholarships.

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How to Find Local Scholarships


One often overlooked area for free money for college is local scholarships. These are scholarships sponsored by the local
government or local organizations. For some local scholarships, you or a family member may be required to be a member of
a specific organization, but for some local scholarships you will simply need to be a local resident or attend a specific
high school. Your guidance counselor is a great place to start when looking for these opportunities.

How to Write a Scholarship Essay


You will likely find many scholarships that require an essay as part of the application. This can seem like a daunting
task, especially if you are applying for several scholarships that have this requirement. One tip is to repurpose some
of your essay components if possible. You may find scholarships that have similar prompts where you can reuse some or
all of your essay.