Scholarships don’t need to be repaid and come mostly from organizations and colleges. Scholarship searches are a lot of work and very time consuming, yet can be well worth the effort and stress. By taking an early look and discovering all the possibilities, it can offset lots of extra work later on and give you and your family a head start on reducing the cost of college.

    Look particularly into scholarships that are automatically renewable or ones for which you can reapply each year. There are two types of scholarships: need and non-need based. Need-based scholarships are primarily about financial need. Non-need can be anything else: academic performance, hard work, character, community service, sports, field of study, special talents, etc.

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     Top 10 Scholarship Tips                            Basic Application Needs

         1. Apply only if you are eligible                                              1. High school transcript
         2. Follow all directions very carefully                                      2. Standardized test scores

         3. Complete application fully and                                           3. Financial aid forms 
                                                                                                         4. Parent's financial information including tax                                                                                                                  information
         4. Neatness counts!
                                                                                                      5.  One or more essays
         5. Don't go off topic
                                                                                                      6. One or more letters of recommendation
         6. Write a memorable essay
                                                                                                      7. Resume
         7. Proofread carefully
                                                                                                      8. Proof of scholarship eligibility (if needed)
         8. Meet all deadlines
                                                                                                      9. You may also need to prepare for an interview
         9. Review your applications with    
parents to assure you haven't                                    10. If you are competing for a talent-based 
             left anything out                                                                       
scholarship, you may need to audition or
                                                                                                              submit a portfolio
         10. Keep a copy of your entire application package,
               and track your package if mailing to ensure it 
               gets there on time

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