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    Top Ten Scholarship Email Etiquette Tips

    Email may be a quick way to communicate, but don’t forget your etiquette when emailing with admissions counselors, scholarship sponsors and financial aid officers. Make a good impression with these tips. 1. Do not type in all caps Writing in caps makes it seem like you are shouting, and some readers find it more difficult to read. If you want to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +108
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    The Semantics of Making a Winning Scholarship Video

    The Semantics of Making a Winning Scholarship Video
    Remember the Blair Witch Project? The student-filmed production, found a year after the "disappearance" of the three students who shot the haunting footage, won 11 film awards. Pretty good for amateurs. While you may not win any Oscars, a great video can win you money for school in video contests. FastWeb's Why I Deserve a Scholarship video contest is a great ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +19
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    Lights, Camera, Action: Tips to Make a Great Web Video

    Lights, Camera, Action: Tips to Make a Great Web Video
    Do you sometimes watch a video on YouTube and think that you could do much better? Making a web video is simple and can be a lot of fun. What's more, video contests can help you win scholarship bucks and extra cash for school. With a regular camcorder (or most digital cameras) and your computer, you can make a great web ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Promoting Your Video Contest Entry

    Promoting Your Video Contest Entry
    You’ve made your video and it’s finally up — but now you need the votes. Getting them may not be as hard as you think. The key is using existing social networks and encouraging others to pass your video along. It’s called viral marketing and companies are increasing using it for all types of promotions. You can use the same concepts ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Promotional Awards Can Make the Difference

    Promotional Awards Can Make the Difference
    Many students don’t win scholarships for college — that’s according to a recent FastWeb poll of over 40,000 college students. According to the survey, about 80 percent of respondents have not received a single scholarship. While it seems that the overachievers eventually get cash from somewhere — be it their school or an independent scholarship donor — the “B” and “C” ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +29
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    Tip to Scholarship Success: Master the Basics

    Patti Ross knows what makes a successful scholarship application. It's not necessarily the intricacies of a scholarship application essay. Rather, it's mastering the basics of applying. Ross highlights the following essentials: Research--know the DEADLINES Personal awareness--take a personal survey Accuracy on application Feedback from others Ross can't stress deadlines enough. Nothing looks worse for an applicant than to turn in their ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +17
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    Get to Know the Scholarship Provider

    Patti Ross has been working as the Vice President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for 15 years. She also partners with FastWeb by providing insightful knowledge to students searching for scholarships as well as serving on the FastWeb Advisory Board to ensure that FastWeb is delivering the best product possible. As a guidance counselor, Ross' advice can benefit you as you ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Mystery Donor Gives $76 Million to Colleges for Scholarships

    Mystery Donor Gives $76 Million to Colleges for Scholarships
    College students have it tough these days — scholarship money is scarce and even loans are harder to come by. Endowments are shrinking and the need for financial aid is exploding. Well, someone took notice — someone with $76 million dollars to spare. In a mystery worthy of the finest TV detectives, an anonymous donor has given $76 million to 15 ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +218
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    Coca-Cola Awards $3.4 Million in Scholarships. Here's What They Look For.

    Coca-Cola Awards $3.4 Million in Scholarships.  Here's What They Look For.
    Patti Ross, Vice President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, has been giving away money to students for 10 years. She often says that “scholarship providers aren’t mind readers,” but she’s letting you become one. Ross is dishing out scholarship provider secrets so that you can be a better candidate. Every game needs a strategy, and every building needs a blueprint. In ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +70
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    Athletes and Parents: Find the Right Financial Fit

    Athletes and Parents: Find the Right Financial Fit
    The U.S. economy is, as we all know, on shaky ground. With demands so high and resources often scarce, we often find ourselves torn between the proverbial rock and hard place when it comes to decisions about the best interests of our families and ourselves. When will things begin to turn around? In the longer term, will parents have enough set ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +23
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    Beware of Scholarship Scams. Part 2: Fraud

    Beware of Scholarship Scams. Part 2: Fraud
    It sounded promising at first. The financial aid seminar that advertised a secret scoop on how to fund your education. The generous scholarship you qualified for without ever applying. But now you suspect the offers may not be legitimate. So what should you do if you think you're faced with a scam? 1. Protect your wallet. Trust your gut in these ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +38
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    How to Score a Fulbright Scholarship

    How to Score a Fulbright Scholarship
    Whether you dream of studying anthropology in Ghana or business in Germany, one scholarship can make it possible. Recent college graduates, graduate students and doctoral candidates with an interest in international travel and a passion for a field of study should take a look at the Fulbright Student Scholarship. Supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +80
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    Steer Clear of ID Theft When Applying Online

    Steer Clear of ID Theft When Applying Online
    Ever been in the middle of an application and thought to yourself, "What's going to happen to my information?" You might jot down your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and even your social security number without thinking about it. But with identity theft on the rise, it's important to protect and safeguard your personal information, including when you apply for ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +76
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    Beware of Scholarship Scams. Part 1: False Claims

    Beware of Scholarship Scams. Part 1: False Claims
    Wow! You just got a letter from a company saying they'll find scholarships for you. What a great deal! After all, who has time to research scholarship opportunities? But be careful — there are a lot of scholarship search scams out there. Watch for these crooked claims and make sure you're not being taken for a ride: "For a small fee, ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +317
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    After-Graduation Possibilities: Prestigious International Fellowship Programs

    After-Graduation Possibilities: Prestigious International Fellowship Programs
    Receiving a Fulbright Scholarship sure sounds impressive. If you’re a Rhodes Scholar no one would doubt your academic chops. But what exactly are they? They’re just two of several international grants and fellowships that fund a wide variety of independently-designed projects and advanced academic study abroad for recent college graduates. In other words, you could get paid to study a topic ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +13
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    Painting Your Scholarship Portrait

    Painting Your Scholarship Portrait
    Some scholarship applications bring home the bucks—but plenty of others don't. When you put these two groups of applications side by side, the differences are like night and day. What Makes a Winning Application Unsuccessful scholarship applications, more often then not, resembled a laundry list of activities, awards, and accomplishments. Although these credentials were often impressive in and of themselves, reading ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +28
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    Seeking Your Scholarship Letter of Recommendation

    Seeking Your Scholarship Letter of Recommendation
    Your scholarship application is complete. All that's left is your letter of recommendation. Your work is done, right? Actually, no. Even though you don't write the letter, you're responsible for making sure it gets written. And there's a lot you can do to ensure it's the best letter possible. Who Should Recommend You? The best recommendations come from people who ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +30
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    The Art of Letters

    The Art of Letters
    Applying for scholarships can be a complicated process, from gathering the paperwork, getting recommendations, writing application essays and meeting the deadline. Good letters accomplish two things: they make the process more efficient, and they display maturity and professionalism to the selection committee. Below are some essential letter tips that just might make yours the winning application. And don't forget, as more ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +14
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    Second Round Knockout: Survive Round Two of the Scholarship Game

    Second Round Knockout: Survive Round Two of the Scholarship Game
    You feel confident about your scholarship essay. It's a neat, well-written piece. There's a great chance you'll pass the first round and be in contention for the award. What about the second round? Now you're up against applicants who also submitted neat, well-written essays. Now the judges are pickier. These essay errors commonly knockout applicants in the second round: Vaguely Addressing ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +33
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    10 Scam Warning Signs

    10 Scam Warning Signs
    Knowing these warning signs can keep you from being a scholarship scam victim. 1. Fees: You shouldn't have to pay to search for or apply for scholarships. Check out the free scholarship search at FastWeb.com. 2. Credit card or bank account information needed: You should never have to give credit card or bank account information to award providers. 3. Scholarship guarantee: ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +48