Applying for a College Scholarship, No Walk in the Park

Scholarships are generally divided into different categories. The most common categories include: academic merit, financial status, demographic profile and field of study. A student can check with his/her guidance counselor for information on potential scholarships. The alumni office, Google, library, church, employer, and twitter are also great starting places to search for scholarships. If leveraged correctly,  the internet is the best place to look for scholarships. Use specific keywords that relate to you as you search through the millions of pages. Often, you can obtain a list of scholarships during your search.

Based on data from the Current Population Survey of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2011, those who graduated from high school have an unemployment rate of 9.4% and earn a weekly average of $638. Meanwhile, those who hold an Associate Degree have a 6.8% unemployment rate and earn a weekly average of $768. The figures get better for Bachelor Degrees, those people have a 4.9% unemployment rate and earn a weekly average of $1,263. So clearly, college is worth it.

A high school student keen on going to college needs to know where to look for scholarships and have the follow through to complete the scholarship applications. Nonetheless, even if you have a long list of available scholarships after some extensive research, landing one is the hardest part. Narrow your list of scholarships to suit your academic strengths, personal interests, and career plans. Educational Keys provides resources and valuable information in the book, Insiders Guide to a Free Ride to assist students with identifying the keys needed to win scholarships for college. For more free advice, follow us on twitter @educationalkeys and even read the preface to The Insiders Guide to a Free Ride free.