Most college students think the window to secure grants and scholarships for their education is a small one. Think again – according to Scholarship America, the nation’s largest provider of scholarships in the country, students should continue to search year after year while they are earning their advanced degree. In fact, September through November is the peak time to apply for undergraduate and graduate scholarships.
Did you know you can receive as many scholarships as it costs to pay tuition? And, there is no limit to how many it takes to achieve that; all it takes is time and diligence to complete the applications accurately.
Scholarship America offers a wealth of information for students seeking scholarship dollars for education beyond high school and helps them graduate with a manageable level of debt. In 2010, Scholarship America provided nearly $200 million to 105,000 students through its programs.
Scholarship America is dispelling many of the myths associated with scholarships including:
Myth: Scholarships are only for high school students
Fact: Scholarships are available for a variety of students including those currently in college, individuals considering graduate school and people who are older but wanting to go back to school. There are also scholarships for vocational training and other post-secondary programs.
Myth: Scholarships are only for students with a 4.0 GPA
Fact: There are many scholarships that look beyond academics and reward students’ talents, passions, volunteerism and more. For instance, the Dave Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship is designed for students with average grades but imaginative and artistic minds.
Myth: More is better when it comes to scholarship applications
Fact: While many students are eager to highlight their successes in scholarship essays, it is imperative that you read the directions carefully and follow them. Many programs receive hundreds of entries and often their first step is to remove any applications that didn’t follow the guidelines.
For more information and tips on applying for both entry-level and multi-year scholarships, as well as emergency financial grants, go to www.scholarshipamerica.org.
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