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A Guide To Finding Scholarship Grants

Aug 17, 2007
Many people are determined to go to an internationally recognized university but lack the money to do so. But don't worry all is not lost because there is a way to get financial aid through a scholarship. Finding a scholarship can often make the difference between being able to attend and having to work for another year or two.

Have you ever wondered what scholarships cover? You'll be supervised to know that scholarships can cover almost all the expenses associated with school such as:

1. What Do Scholarships Cover?

- Tuition
- Book costs
- Dorm fees
- Housing
- Food
- Travel expenses
- Other

2. Scholarship Programs

The benefits of a scholarship are clear - you don't have to pay back any of the money you receive. Most of these programs offer money and other benefits for students. These are awarded, mostly my charitable institutions, company businesses, schools, universities, government and non-government (private) organizations. Scholarships are given based on the criteria imposed by these organizations. The two most common categories are academic and athletic.

3. Free Money

Sometimes you can get a scholarship just for saying you saw an advertisement on the bus or in the paper. The amounts are usually quite small - under $300 usually, but every little bit helps. The best source of information about scholarships will often be your school student advisor. Your school might also have a student financial advisor for just such a need. You can find the student financial officer by contacting the main switchboard of the university and ask to be transferred to the student financial officer or equivalent position.

4. Keep Searching

You will likely have to apply to several hundred scholarships before you get a single one awarded to you. Even then, there are strict guidelines that you must adhere to in order to keep the scholarship, for example, you might have to keep your GPA above a certain level. Be sure to leave plenty of time for searching for scholarships, as it can take months for them to be approved. In other words, don't start looking for scholarships a few weeks before your intended program of study starts.

We recommend you track your scholarship submissions using a spreadsheet or a binder of some time. You can simply have a worksheet or a divider for each scholarship you have applied for. You can keep track of things like contact numbers, deadlines, requirements etc... This is important especially if you are applying to hundreds of scholarships where you can quickly loose track of important details and mix up scholarships.
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