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10 Scholarship Myths

There’s a lot of scholarship advice out there and knowing the truth from the myth can helpful when selecting your scholarships and completing your applications. The top scholarship myths we’ve encountered seemed like a great place to start and share, here they are.

1. All scholarships require essays before entering – Free scholarships and scholarship awards do not always require an essay to be submitted for entry. Make sure that you review your options for these scholarships in addition to traditional scholarships as they can offer a quick and easy route to increasing your application numbers.
2. Only school sponsored scholarships are creditable – There are plenty of businesses, corporate, athletic and charitable scholarships out there that are just as creditable. Always check for past winners and feedback from others on the scholarship you are applying for.
3. Fees are sometimes required before applying to some scholarships – Fees to apply for scholarships usually mean it’s a scholarship scam, not a real scholarship. If a fee is required you should research the scholarship further and reconsider applying for it.
4. You don’t need to fill out a FAFSA application to apply for scholarships – Half myth, you don’t need a FAFSA for every scholarship, but not having completed the FAFSA application will reduce the amount of eligible scholarships you can apply to and also stop you from obtaining any federal student aid – bottom line, complete your FAFSA.
5. Lower value scholarships aren’t worth applying for – Would you stop just to pick up a hundred dollar bill? Of course! A scholarship worth even $100 is $100 towards textbooks and your education. Just be careful that a lower value scholarship doesn’t take too much time to apply for.
6. Available scholarships are hard to find – Although there is a lot of results when you search for scholarships, it’s not hard to find valuable, available ones. Start in your state and search just there first, then broaden your search to your area of study and go further from there. You will start to see the results pile up!
7. High school students are too young to apply for college scholarships – There are scholarships just for high school students, you are never to young to start applying for your post secondary education.
8. Community colleges don’t provide scholarships – Almost all post secondary education facilities offer their own scholarships or type of scholarships. When you have a list of schools that you are considering, including community colleges, always check to see which of those offer scholarships so that you can prepare your applications.

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What is a merit scholarship?
Merit scholarships are intended for students who show an extraordinary ability in a particular area of study, artistic talent or athletic performance. These types of scholarships are offered through corporate support primarily.
Why do companies and individuals offer merit scholarships?
Most merit based scholarship providers use the merit scholarship awards to promote the company or encourage future employment of above-average students with the company. Individuals have a variety of reasons for offering merit scholarships, but commonly the scholarship awards are in place to remember someone who has passed …

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What is an institutional scholarship?
Scholarships that are awarded by individual colleges or universities to students who plan to attend that institution.
How do you find available institutional scholarships?
Once you have narrowed your college or university selection to a couple of choices, request information from those schools about their available scholarships by writing an email or regular letter.
You may also want to search Google for the name of the college or university along with the term scholarship. For example see what search results are available when searching for:
University of Georgia Scholarships
When searching …

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Sometimes we get too far past the basics in understanding scholarships and lose perspective on the very things we are applying for. In that spirit we wanted to review and define some basic scholarship knowledge that everyone should have before beginning the application process.
General Scholarship Questions and Answers
What is a general scholarship?
General scholarships have a broad nature and can be offered by any individual or organization for various amounts.
How do you find available general scholarships?
General scholarships are by far the most popular choice when searching for scholarships to apply with. …

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Unemployment in 2009 was at an all time high for America. Never has there been a better opportunity to go back to school, re-train and re-group for a new career and better salary. The problem with going back to school is the cost of it all, and when you are unemployed, making every cent count really matters.
Some schools are acknowledging the growing number of unemployed and providing scholarships specific to those who recently lost their jobs. Some provide the scholarship in the form of a tuition discount, others as a …

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Scholarship Zone has been handing out scholarships since 2005. You can see some of their past winners and enter for the award. The next scholarship will be awarded on February 1, 2010. Enter soon and good luck!

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No matter what where you choose to go to school, or what degree you pursue – chances are you will be presented with an option to go to and take your desired program from the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix is by far one of the largest and most recognizeable education institutions in the United States. Their online programs and degree offerings are broad and appeal to students everywhere.
More often than not we get asked or see questions out there about scholarships for the University of Phoenix specifically. …

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People completing high school with a general education certificate (GED) are sometimes limited to the types of scholarships they could receive. That doesn’t mean that scholarships are impossible for GED graduates, but knowing what requirements you should have in line to apply, and which scholarships are friendlier to GED grads will help your chances.

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Cheerleading Scholarships

Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes. Cheerleading scholarships are available and actually quite sought after. If you are pursuing a scholarship in cheerleading, you should consider the school you are applying to, many of them offer specific cheerleading scholarships.

As for other scholarships, cheerleading scholarships require a focused attention to detail when submitting your applications. Take the time to consider the requirements and ask questions before you submit, not after! Cheerleading scholarships and athletic scholarships are sometimes thought be require a lesser GPA, when in fact they have the same (and sometimes even higher) requirements – don’t assume just your cheerleading skills alone will get you the scholarship money.

Your cheerleading skills will be graded as well however. Strong performances that get you noticed, videos of well-coordinated routines and energy will help you strive for the scholarship.

So many times the hardest part is just knowing where to start looking for available cheerleading scholarships. To get you started, here’s a list of state schools with cheerleading scholarships and links to the sites for more details.

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10 Scholarship Myths

There’s a lot of scholarship advice out there and knowing the truth from the myth can helpful when selecting your scholarships and completing your applications. The top scholarship myths we’ve encountered seemed like a great place to start and share, here they are.

1. All scholarships require essays before entering – Free scholarships and scholarship awards do not always require an essay to be submitted for entry. Make sure that you review your options for these scholarships in addition to traditional scholarships as they can offer a quick and easy route to increasing your application numbers.
2. Only school sponsored scholarships are creditable – There are plenty of businesses, corporate, athletic and charitable scholarships out there that are just as creditable. Always check for past winners and feedback from others on the scholarship you are applying for.
3. Fees are sometimes required before applying to some scholarships – Fees to apply for scholarships usually mean it’s a scholarship scam, not a real scholarship. If a fee is required you should research the scholarship further and reconsider applying for it.
4. You don’t need to fill out a FAFSA application to apply for scholarships – Half myth, you don’t need a FAFSA for every scholarship, but not having completed the FAFSA application will reduce the amount of eligible scholarships you can apply to and also stop you from obtaining any federal student aid – bottom line, complete your FAFSA.
5. Lower value scholarships aren’t worth applying for – Would you stop just to pick up a hundred dollar bill? Of course! A scholarship worth even $100 is $100 towards textbooks and your education. Just be careful that a lower value scholarship doesn’t take too much time to apply for.
6. Available scholarships are hard to find – Although there is a lot of results when you search for scholarships, it’s not hard to find valuable, available ones. Start in your state and search just there first, then broaden your search to your area of study and go further from there. You will start to see the results pile up!
7. High school students are too young to apply for college scholarships – There are scholarships just for high school students, you are never to young to start applying for your post secondary education.
8. Community colleges don’t provide scholarships – Almost all post secondary education facilities offer their own scholarships or type of scholarships. When you have a list of schools that you are considering, including community colleges, always check to see which of those offer scholarships so that you can prepare your applications.

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