FAQ’s about Private Sector Scholarship Research

Why should I spend time looking for a scholarship when the college financial aid office will just take away that same amount of scholarships that they have awarded to me?
YOU are your own best advocate. Go to the financial aid office at your college and speak with your adviser. Quite often, the college will replace an institutional scholarship with a private scholarship. Ask the college to use your new found scholarship with half scholarship and half student loan. This way, the college money can go to someone else and some of your loan is lowered. Continue reading

The Scholarship Process

The Scholarship Resource Network is one avenue to begin the private scholarship process. This process is in addition to the Federal financial aid process. We recommend that the private scholarship research process initiates twelve to eighteen months ahead of the time of need.


Preparing for…
You may be a prime candidate for a scholarship if…

  • You are diligently applying yourself at your present high school or college grade level.
  • If you have some balance in your life. A few examples may be some community service, some athletics, some extracurricular school activity, some church service, and a summer job.
  • If there are extenuating circumstances where this may not be possible, you must communicate this to the agency. Example: you must work more than the average to help with family expenses.

All of the above are indicators of a growing, productive, college student. Many non-traditional students are involved in similar activities, but may be called something different. All actions that benefit society are noteworthy.

Pursuing…
Knowing the scholarship time line is the key to success. Time is wasted pursuing missed deadlines. You are on the right track if you are conducting research for your education ten to sixteen months from now. If you realize you are too late, keep looking for the following year. With this in mind, you are early!

Understanding the Timeline for Financial Aid and Scholarship Research

Spring (April-June) High School Junior

  • Research scholarships for your college freshman year
  • Discuss findings from research with high school and college counselors

Summer (July-August)

  • Follow up with the information from your scholarship research to obtain scholarship and financial aid application materials from the sponsoring agencies

Fall (August-December) High School Senior

  • Complete sponsor applications
  • Mail applications
  • Apply for aid for freshman year Continue reading

6 $igns That Your $cholarship Is $unk

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1 “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”No one can guarantee that they’ll get you a grant or scholarship. Refund guarantees often have conditions or strings attached. Get refund policies in writing — before you pay.
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4 “We’ll do all the work.”Don’t be fooled. There’s no way around it. You must apply for scholarships or grants yourself.
2 “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”There are many free lists of scholarships. Check with your school or library before you decide to pay someone to do the work for you.
5 The scholarship will cost some money.Don’t pay anyone who claims to be “holding” a scholarship or grant
for you. Free money shouldn’t cost a thing.
3 “May I have your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship?”Don’t give out your credit card or bank account number on the phone without getting information in writing first. It may be a set-up for an unauthorized withdrawal.
6 “You’ve been selected” by a ‘national foundation’ to receive a scholarship, or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.Before you send money to apply for a scholarship, check it out. Make sure the foundation or program is legitimate.
NEED MONEY FOR COLLEGE? Check with your school guidance counsellor or local librarian for free information about current scholarships before you pay someone for the same — or similar — scholarship lists.

Applying for Financial Aid And Scholarships

Applying for Financial Aid

Completing the proper application forms is a critical step in securing financial aid. 

Required at all schools
Available at the guidance office in late fall
Required at some schools
Ask your guidance counselor for the PROFILE registration guide to get the process started.

PROFILE

This application, sponsored by the College Scholarship Service and required by most colleges, identifies your eligibility for aid from the institution you plan to attend. Complete and submit it as soon as you receive a copy from your school. You’ll receive your PROFILE Data Confirmation Report. Check it for accuracy and keep with your files Continue reading

Scholarship Help

One of the most asked questions students have is, “What can I do to get scholarships?” While the answer to that question varies with each student’s strengths, I can tell you that I recommend doing some work before getting wrapped up in the maze of applications. It is best to do a lot of work on scholarship searches and essay writing now before the rush begins. You should work on as much as possible before you know what scholarships you will be applying for so that you will be ready when the time comes. Organization is the key to success in the scholarship search process. Planning ahead and staying focused on your goals will be rewarding. Happy searching! Continue reading

How to select the best University for you

Here’s some information about how to choose a University. It addresses the key questions you need to ask yourself:

  • What do you want to study?
  • Where do you want to study?

If you want to go to university, you need to be thinking about these key questions now!

Where do you want to study?

Having decided what you want to study, the next question is where to study.

If your home town or city has a university then you might want to study there. Being able to live at home could lead to considerable cost savings! Younger people might not prefer this option though, as living with fellow students is a lot of fun, as is the chance to study somewhere far from home. Continue reading

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Argosy University online

If you are looking to earn a college degree but do not know how to fit it into your hectic schedule there is now an answer. Argosy 1684622_f260University offers students the opportunity to earn a degree at their own pace but still focus on accelerated, online courses that offer what you really need to know. The course structure allows students to immerse themselves in course material and achieve a feeling of success every 7½ weeks. At Argosy University you can take online classes that give you the freedom to decide when and where to attend class.  Argosy University offers online programs in business, education and psychology.  In addition the University offers a flexible program that is established in campuses around the country.  They also support one of the largest graduate student communities in the nation.  Students at Argosy University online enjoy both a collegiate and supportive academic environment. Argosy University online prides themselves on offering an approach that emphasizes teaching and practical training that builds on expertise that will advance their students careers.  Their interactive classes are taught by highly trained and experienced faculty members in a small class setting.  Here are some important points to consider when making your decision to enroll in an Office Automation at Argosy University:

Flexible online programs
Argosy University online offers flexible programs in business, education and psychology. The university strives to make earning a degree and balancing your busy schedule convenient to even their busiest students. You can attend classes anytime, any where.  This process is so easy that many students study for their courses and continue to work full time. Continue reading

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Completing An Online Mortuary Science Program

If you are ready for a career change or if you are new to the job market and are ready to jump into the funeral service industry 197725_f260head-first, completing an online Mortuary Science program may be right for you. I have written this article to divulge my first-hand experiences with online learning in the hopes that it will help you make the right decision for you. Everybody’s situation is different, but online learning opens many educational doors for a lot of people including stay-at-home parents and those that can’t quit their job to go to college. So read on, my friend, and decide if it’s right for you!

Why I Chose The Online Program

I decided to get my A.A.S. in Mortuary Science online because I was a college student already enrolled in a Bachelor’s program for Business Administration. So, I actually attended two colleges at once, and yes, it can be done!! It was a lot of hard work, but I walked across that graduation stage Summa Cum Laude with a Business degree in my hand and a Mortuary Science degree in my pocket. Whether you’re a committed student, parent, or employee, the idea is the same. Pursuing an online education generally allows you to attend college on your own time. Continue reading