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    Winning Scholarship Essay Tips: Part I

    Winning Scholarship Essay Tips: Part I
    Using a previous scholarship essay contest we hosted, where our judges received more than 4,000 essays, we noticed some frequent mistakes students make that can instantly disqualify you from an essay contest. We thought to ourselves, "Hello, learning opportunity! Here, an example of what NOT to do in an essay - and some tips on making yourself a better candidate for ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +1953
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    How Not to Lose Your Scholarship

    How Not to Lose Your Scholarship
    Winning scholarships is hard work, but the work doesn't end after the check is cut. Find out about the policies surrounding your award so you can keep your scholarship. Renewable Scholarships The first question you need to ask is whether or not your scholarship is renewable. Renewable awards can be extended beyond the initial award year—in some cases, for your entire ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +124
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    Top Ten Scholarship Email Etiquette Tips

    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 6 years ago | Rated: +118
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    How Scholarships are Judged: An Inside Look

    How Scholarships are Judged: An Inside Look
    Wouldn't it be great to know what scholarship providers look for in an application? Take an inside look at how judges pick their favorites. At First Glance The judges' first evaluation of your application is a quick one—usually only 15 to 30 seconds. Most applications don't get past this quick but important first stage. Give your application one last review ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +117
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    Scholarships for Dummies: Common Sense Places to Look for Scholarships

    Scholarships for Dummies: Common Sense Places to Look for Scholarships
    The economy is tanking. College tuition costs are rising. And somehow, you have to pay for college. Your only hope in paying for a higher education is with scholarships. Being recognized as a valedictorian is totally out of the question. After taking the SAT three times, your results revealed limited improvement…and weren't even that great to begin with. There is no ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +85
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    7 C’s of Winning Scholarships

    7 C’s of Winning Scholarships
    Have you ever wondered if scholarship winners have secrets to winning? There are certainly ways to increase your odds of winning scholarships. Check out the following seven “C’s” – ways you can increase your chances of obtaining sought-after scholarships. 1. Content There’s plenty of content detailing directions of how to successfully apply for scholarships. Such content exists in resources like books, ...
    Published 11 months ago | Rated: +84
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    Winning Scholarship Essay Tips: Part II

    Winning Scholarship Essay Tips: Part II
    To recap, we're using example essay submissions from a previous essay contest to demonstrate common essay blunders that can disqualify students right from the get-go. Check out Part I of our "what NOT to do" series on winning an essay contests, in case you missed it. This particular essay contest drew in around 4,000 essays-- about average for a contest of ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +83
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    Sign Up For FastWeb's Newsletters & Scholarship Alerts

    Sign Up For FastWeb's Newsletters & Scholarship Alerts
    Want to hear from us? Sign up for Fastweb's newsletters and get our most popular and useful insider advice, tips and awards sent straight to your inbox every week. In our newsletters, you'll also find out about under-the-radar scholarships you might have never known were available! And, never miss a scholarship you qualify for again! Sign up for our scholarship alerts ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +77
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +73
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    A Balancing Act: School & the Scholarship Search

    A Balancing Act: School & the Scholarship Search
    If you’re a student, you probably feel conflicted between your scholarship search and the responsibilities of school. On top of attending classes, you likely have responsibilities like extracurricular activities, volunteering, homework and, not to mention, you probably want a little time left over for some sort of social life. Plus, if you’re a high school student, you are expected to study ...
    Published 10 months ago | Rated: +63
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    Small Awards Pay Big Dividends

    Small Awards Pay Big Dividends
    There's an award listed on your scholarship opportunities page that's a perfect match for you. But applying for it keeps slipping to the bottom of your to-do list. Why the procrastination? It's worth a measly $500. Tuition at an average, public, four-year college costs more than $12,000 per year, so you're not going to bother going after a few hundred ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +62
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    What to Do Once You Have Applied

    What to Do Once You Have Applied
    Now that you’ve postmarked your application or hit that “Send” button in your email browser, your new mentality is probably out of sight, out of mind. Though your focus should be on other scholarship applications, there are still some “to-dos” to check off of your list for this particular scholarship. Send a follow-up email Give your application about 7 – 10 ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +61
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    Five Scholarship Myths

    Five Scholarship Myths
    I'm about to dispel five widespread myths about winning scholarships. Myths that have, unfortunately, prevented many deserving students from winning money for. By learning the truth behind these myths, you'll gain a better understanding of the essential "rules" of the college scholarships game. MYTH #1: "Only students with high academic achievement win merit scholarships." The Real Story: Scholarships are awarded ...
    Published about 2 years ago | Rated: +50
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    Fastweb's Winner's Circle: Daniel

    Fastweb's Winner's Circle: Daniel
    Curious if people actually win scholarships through Fastweb? They absolutely do and here’s another $40k winner to prove it! Daniel Guerriero, 19, is going into his sophomore year at University of South Carolina who won GotChosen's GotScholarship $40k Give Away. [gate] How many scholarships did you apply for before you won this one? I only applied to a few, around 4 ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +45
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    Let’s Talk Scholarships: Application Tips

    Let’s Talk Scholarships: Application Tips
    As an editor for Fastweb, I’m familiar with the scholarship application process. I receive daily questions from scholarship seekers regarding the scholarship application process, what advice I have for winning scholarships and students’ frustrations when they have not been successful in winning scholarships. As a result, I’d like to share what I've learned so that students are able to apply that ...
    Published 9 months ago | Rated: +43
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    Winning a Scholarship

    Winning a Scholarship
    One of the most common questions we receive at Fastweb is how to increase your chances of winning a scholarship. To help answer these questions, Mark Kantrowitz, a nationally recognized financial expert, put together a list of tips to help you achieve scholarship search success.[gate] Kantro cautions that many of these tips may sound like common sense but, unfortunately, common sense ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +43
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    Scholarship Scam Red Flags

    Scholarship Scam Red Flags
    Scholarships are a wonderful option for students that would like help paying for school. As with anything good, there are people out there who will take advantage of students’ trust and hopes for the future. As a leading scholarship database, Fastweb screens all of the scholarships available on the site and does not charge anything for its services. There are, however, ...
    Published almost 2 years ago | Rated: +40
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    Organizing Your Scholarship Search

    Organizing Your Scholarship Search
    You know there are a million scholarships out there, but where do you begin finding the right one for you? Starting your search can feel intimidating and staying on top of it all can be even more difficult. So, what’s the big secret? Organization is the key! Here is a step-by-step list you can follow to keep your scholarship search organized ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +34
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    Develop Your Scholarship Game Plan

    Develop Your Scholarship Game Plan
    To mount an effective scholarship campaign, the first thing you need is a winning game plan. Start by implementing the following four key action strategies. 1. Plan to apply for as many scholarships as possible Some students make the mistake of thinking that they maximize their chances of winning by pouring all of their energy into one or two scholarships. But ...
    Published over 2 years ago | Rated: +34
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    Spring Into Your Scholarship Search

    Spring Into Your Scholarship Search
    The arrival of spring brings renewal to mind. It’s the perfect time to refresh your mind and begin to refocus on your scholarship search! Fastweb’s scholarship search best practices articles include everything you need: from winning advice for constructing your scholarship essays and applications to perfecting your search methods. The following article guide lists everything you need to rev up your ...
    Published about 1 month ago | Rated: +30
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