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Friday, August 04, 2006

Here is one suggested method or process to ensure success in applying and securing college scholarships:

1. TIMELINESS and IMMEDIACY: Start looking for scholarships and apply early.Do so at least one year PRIOR to you planning to be entering a college of your choice.

2. CONSIDER AND EXPLORE ALL OPTIONS: Ask yourself some tough questions about your ‘case’, circumstance and means. Are you part of a visible or underrepresented minority, are you in financial need, or interested specifically in certain fields of study or have special talents to offer? . There are different shapes and sizes of awards available in all of the abovementioned ‘specialist or niche categories’ that you can use, to capitalize on the available funds out there.

3. SEEING BEYOND THE HERE AND NOW. Considerations past the dollar sign, think about applying for a fellowship if you are seeing graduate school in your future. It is like a scholarship for graduate students. Merit and eligibility criteria and sometimes somewhat complex application protocols will be spelled out in published guides from the schools of institutions of your choice. Be sure to ask about such programs. It also shows pro-active interest and serious commitment to your studies and prospective career, a vested hands-on involvement in your own future and success, which will impress and inspire, win some hands, hearts and pockets over to your side too!

4. CONFIRM ALL DETAILS AND RESPONSBILITIES OF ALL PARTIES. Attention to detail never hurt anyone. Pay close attention to the fine print and stipulations of the scholarship. Protect your own best interest, be informed and empowered in this whole process and do not just abdicate and leave it up to the ‘powers that be’. Take a personal interest in your scholarship, tuition, studies and whole process.

5. TAKE CARE WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PARTS AND DOCUMENTATION IN THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS. Fill out the form as best you can, be accurate and do not leave anything blank. Verify the correct entries are made. If unsure, use a No. 2 pencil to complete the application form if hard copy and if you are submitting it electronically save and even print a copy for your files and reference. It might prove handy later.

6. SHARE RELEVANT AND ACCURATE INFORMATION, LOGISTICAL AND PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE REQUIRED AS STANDARD PROCEDURE General questions such as name, address, social security number, date of birth, citizenship status and marital status are commonly required on these forms, as well as some financial information.

7. GET THE FINANCIALS RIGHT AND YORU HOUSE IN ORDER All necessary financial information has to be submitted in a timely fashion, normally with evidence of same. Examples would include total family income, number of children in your household, and number of children in college. Round dollar amounts to whole number values for ease of reference and use.

8. BE SPECIFIC AND STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD Provide relevant, key and unique facts, achievements, accomplishments and talents that you possess that might be required by the particular scholarship for which you are applying.

9. TAKE CARE IN DISPATCHING OR DELIVERING, MAILING YOUR APPLICATIONS.keep copies and files for all our applications as back-up and handy for easy reference when the calls and acceptance letters, queries or interviews (if any) start rolling in.

10. STICK WITH IT! Be determined and persistent throughout this process, yet patient. It might seem like it is taking forever until you hear news either way. Remember you are one of many application committees and individuals are sifting through. The selection process does take time. The wait and reward will be worth it when you finally learn whether you got the scholarship and for how much the award actually is.

Your course of study and location, the College you choose to attend and apply for, as well as the duration and cost of study are all factors to consider BEFORE you apply. Do some soul-searching to find out what it is that you want to do with your life. Picking which College And Where it is located, What will you be studying and For How Long is also part of this whole process and they are almost flip sides of the same financial coin. The one affecting the other. This strong correlation, influence and considerations have to get some of your attention throughout this process. Getting in and figuring out how to be paying for it is all part of the same process.

No one will argue about either the value and the high cost of a college education. Like the where and /how to pay for it relationship, there is another relationship you have to consider. Studies and tuition carry a cost – in some cases pretty high (anything from $10,000 to$ 35,000+ annually) and can easily overwhelm and/or discourage. Grants, scholarships and tuition funding are always a hot topic. The value of investing in your career and future is priceless!

Figuring out how exactly scholarships help students and parents and how they work precisely and familiarizing yourself with other funding options and strategies, will all serve to prepare, even for rejection or not qualifying. A back-pocket contingency plan and creative solutions for financing and funding of your college education will be critical in your plan for your career and future.

Our discussion will now start to venture into the territory of what to do with all the knowledge you have mustered and assembled so far.How do you empower