3 Ways to Win Extra Scholarship Money
College is an exciting time, and an experience that most young people nowadays will experience. As a high school senior, I was eager to get the “college experience”, complete with new friends, studying abroad, and exhausting all-nighters. I had no idea that getting this experience might cost $120K, $200K, or maybe even more.
Luckily, most students qualify for some sort of financial aid, but when the cost of education is so high, even a $20,000 scholarship starts to look like pocket change. In order to get enough money to cover all your educational bills, sometimes you have to be creative.
Below find three tips on how to earn extra scholarship money:
1. Go Local
The wisdom of the times tells us that it is best to get our food locally and to invest our money in local businesses. The same mentality is true for finding extra scholarship money. Many businesses, clubs, and religious organizations give scholarship money away to local students. These scholarships are not always widely advertised, so call businesses and organizations in your area and ask if they have any scholarship funds.
2. Ask For More
Many students think that their financial aid package is set in stone, but it isn’t. There are two ways that you can go about getting more money directly from your school.
- Try making a personal visit with your financial aid advisor. Explain your situation and ask them if they can find you more money. Often times there might be an obscure scholarship or low-interest loan available that you didn’t know about.
- Send in a letter to the financial aid board, explaining your financial situation, creating an argument explaining why you need and deserve this extra money. Share why your current financial aid package isn’t going to make ends meet. For instance, maybe you have a big family, medical bills, or it just didn’t cover your needs. Then explain why you are a great candidate for the extra cash. Let them know about your awesome GPA, your community involvement, and any outstanding awards you’ve received.
3. Volunteer More
Some organizations, like the Peace Corps, offer scholarship and aid to volunteers. Even though money shouldn’t be your main motive for serving your community, look at it as an added bonus to all the other amazing perks of giving your time.
As a rising college senior, I have had the most success with these tips. Beyond these three ideas, there are always websites like Scholarship.com and Cappex that can help you find any available scholarships that fit your criteria.
About the Author: Norah Kearney
I am currently a senior at Webster University of St. Louis, Missouri. I’m working on my BA in English with a focus on creative writing. I plan to use my degree for writing, editing, teaching, or a bit of all three.
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