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Scholarship Tips for High School Students

Scholarship websites

Start Your Search Online

Scholarships are a great way to help you pay for college, so that you can keep your potential debt down when you graduate. There are many scholarships available, and the Internet is a great place to start your search both locally and nationally.

Look for either general or major-specific scholarships and start applying today. Check out these four scholarship sites to start:

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Essay writing tips

Essay Writing

If you're applying for scholarships, you will undoubtedly have to write some essays. Take your time and do it right to help improve your chances.

6 Tips for Writing Your Essay:

  • Don't delay; be mindful of deadlines.
  • Gather information and your thoughts; then draft an outline before writing.
  • Stay on topic, but showcase your creativity and personality.
  • Pay attention to word count requirements.
  • Have parents, teachers and peers review your essay.
  • Rewrite until you are satisfied.
Scholarship application tips

Nail Your Application

While you may be ready to write a scholarship essay, make sure you don't miss small details that may or may not make you ineligible.

Check for requirements such as:

  • Essay length
  • Most recently completed grade level
  • Specific colleges/universities, or types of colleges/universities
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA)
  • Specific major or career field
  • Additional Materials, such as photos
  • Additional steps, such as registering online

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