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There’s good news and bad news about scholarships! The good news first: there is a virtually unlimited number of scholarships out there! Now the bad: scholarships require a lot of work. Generally speaking, you must apply to each scholarship, many of which require an essay, a recommendation, and/or a high school transcript.
Most students report that the scholarships that are easiest to attain are the merit based awards through their schools. Some merit-based awards are given by colleges without any additional application (they base their awards on your credentials). Other schools have additional scholarships for which you must apply. These often have a rather early deadline, which is another reason to apply early!
Here are some of the most common ways to find scholarships:
PLEASE NOTE: Be very careful of scholarship scams. In general, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, be careful of scholarship emails that are sent to you asking for too much personal information.