Guide to the Internet for Scholarship Seekers One more time, all together now, “Thank you for the internet!”. The internet saves enormous time and expense by allowing you to access websites specifically designed to help scholarship seekers, visit scholarship websites to learn more about the judging, and, in some cases, apply for scholarships on-line. Not surprisingly, the Internet also presents a number of opportunities to spend money without result. This page discusses the good, the bad and the ugly on the web. Scholarship Websites Absolutely Scholarships www.absolutelyscholarships.com data base of more than 200,000 awards. Features its own $10,000 scholarship BrokeScholar www.brokescholar.com more than 900,000 scholarships worth over $3 billion. Personalized calendar and keyword search; helpful College Board http://apps.collegeboard.com 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 BILLION in available Collegenet/Mach 25 www.collegenet.com The Mach25 database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion. Allows key word search; nice feature College Scholarships www.CollegeScholarships.Com Groups scholarship by interest; includes middle school and high school awards Collegeview www.collegeview.com This site provides a scholarship directory so you can brows as well as search; a nice feature. Very good financial aid explanations. Club Scholarship www.Clubscholarship.com Part of the Collegiatefunding.com network, and lists more than 500,000 awards. EduPrep www.eduprep.com Maintains a data base of more than 2.5 million awards; offers an essay writing course. GoCollege www.gocollege.com 600,000 scholarships from more than 8,000 funding sources; includes info on distance learning Hispanic Scholarships www.HispanicScholarship.com data base of scholarships for Hispanic students. International Education Financial Aid www.iefa.org Specializes in scholarships for international students and study abroad. International Scholarships www.internationalscholarships.com International scholarship listings Military http://www.military.com/Education/ScholarShip/newsearch Scholarships specific to current and former military personnel. Nationally Coveted Scholarships and Fellowships www.scholarships.kachinatech.com Limited undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral awards. Pacific Northwest Scholarship Guide http://fp2.adhost.com/collegeplan/scholarship/default.asp Search by category or key word Scholarships101 www.scholarships101.com Data base containing more than 600,000 awards; fascinating story about a committed guidance counselor; worth a look Scholarships.Com www.scholarship.com Looks like there’s good info on site. Must register to access. SRN Express www.srnexpress.com A database of over 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million! StudentAwards www.studentawards.com U.S. and Canadian scholarship data bases. The Scholarship Page www.scholarshippage.com Small search capability WiredScholar/SallieMae www.wiredscholar.com over 2.4 million scholarships worth over 14 billion dollars, and is expanded and updated daily. Provided by SallieMae, federal loan group How many of these sites should you use? You can be obsessive and try to use them all. A more reasonable alternative might be to pick five or six that seem most suitable and go for it. Key Word Searches Go back to your personal assessment and select interests, hobbies, types of community service. Now, using a search engine such as Google, enter the interest and the word “scholarship”. We entered “chess and scholarship in MSN search and got over 8,000 hits. One site, http://www.successchess.com/WeibelChess/Scholarships.html, listed 22 chess scholarships. We tried “girl scouts and scholarship” in Google and got 43,000 hits, starting with www.jfg.girlscouts.org, that listed 50 girl scout scholarship sources. We even found scholarships for spelunking (that’s cave exploration for those of you who haven’t been studying your SAT word lists!). On-line Scams Be oh so careful when searching for scholarships on-line. As in every area of the internet, schemes for fleecing people have developed in the scholarship arena. The typical scams involve application fees, “guarantees”, fees for publicly available money and requests for an unusual amount of personal information. Paid Searches Usually paid searches suggest that they have access to otherwise unlisted scholarships. This scenario is very unlikely. Considering the tremendous availability of free databases, there is no good reason to pay for scholarship information. “Guarantees” Guarantees of any kind are a huge red flag. It just isn’t possible for an organization to make guarantees about winning an award and those who guarantee matches are hyping their services; legitmate scholarship search sites do not need to rely on BIG PRINT and lots of exclamation points!!!!! And possibly bolding and underlining to describe their services. Application Fees Beware of any scholarship fund that requests a fee. We have heard of funds that essentially turn the fees into scholarships and if so, terrific. But, be sure that the ratio of scholarships to money collected is reasonable. If you can’t get that level of information from their website, it’s not worth the key strokes to get involved. Contact Information Legitimate businesses will list methods for contacting them beyond and e-mail address and PO Box. If you can’t talk to them, they may not exist as a real business. The FTC has developed several excellent publication s on the issue of scholarship scams. Try http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/ouchalrt.htm for a copy of “Ouch! Students Getting Stung Trying to Find $$$ for College” . Essay Writing and Editing Services We encourage you to get coaching and editing assistance on your essays. It’s almost always useful for someone else to review your work and provide fresh insights. There are services available on the internet that will edit your essay for you for a fee. Editing is good; re-writing is not. We have concerns that some “editing” groups are really re-writing students’ essays based on just a core idea or two. The point of the essay is for the judges to get to know you, not some freelancer who’s picking up $50 to massage your thoughts for you. When we asked judges about the practice of students having their essays written or substantially written for them, we were told that those essays tend to stick out because they are out of character with the rest of the application. We can pretty comfortably speculate on the fate of those “diverging style and competence” applications. Flushed. Students are often looking for freelance writers to compose essays and college applications (and term papers and graduate theses). It’s very sad to realize that those people are managing their lives by lying and cheating. Makes you wonder how they’ll operate once they become doctors and lawyers and architects and engineers and the pressure to perform and produce gets intense. Fall back on old habits? Essay assistance can be an excellent learning tool if done well. The internet can put you in touch with people who can coach you through writing your essay. Just be sure that at the end of the day, you can still honestly call it your own work.
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