Scholarships- How did you find yours?

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Most were through school.  Some were automatic in high school, no application required.  Some were automatic with the application process.  The school also had a generic scholarship application that would work for 100+ scholarships.  Others were major government scholarships, local people in the field all knew about them, if I went out of province a quick search would have informed me of them.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Check out Fastweb.com, and have him talk to his department at school. Many departments have smaller scholarships they’ll know about but usually the deadline is before the semester starts, so he’ll want to ask about them before he’s even admitted.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

My school has a website! Some scholarship are super specific too so try googling a few of your demographic characteristics to maybe find some. Seriously, my school list had stuff for like “Asian American female from this obscure New Jersey county” as a scholarship option. And it sucks but student loans are “good debt” Im in med school living totally off loans. Don’t let him give up his dream if he has to take out a little debt

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

csr0406:  I’ve heard a rule as to “not take out more debt than will be your salary when you get out” so yes, I’ll be in 250k of debt, but my salary will be about that when I am an attending so I’ll be able to pay it back with some frugality on my part. So if the pay will be like 45k don’t take out more than that in debt etc. that way it will fit in your budget. And I agree, don’t go into debt for something super impractical. A guy I know is over 200k in the hole for an undergraduate classical civilizations degree and he can’t do anything with it without a Phd, but he didn’t get the grades to get into the programs

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

csr0406: Another option would be to go part time at a state school and pay as you go. For undergrad, my scholaship came directly from the school and was offered to me in my acceptance letter. It was half academic and half athletic. After graduating, I taught preschool for a a couple of years while getting my master’s at night at a state school. It took 2 years (full time), but I was able to pay for most of it with the money I earned. State schools are much more affordable and you may be able to just pay as you go.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

csr0406:  I recieved a merit-based scholarship that was part of my admissions package. I also applied for some essay prizes and community service scholarships, which were easy to get because my secondary school had a rigorous community involvement requirement for graduation. All of these were on my institution’s financial services website.

Since he’s been out of school, he can ask admissions to send him information on scholarships for mature or returning students. If they are actively trying to recruit him (if he’s a particularly outstanding student), they should be happy to oblige. If his grades and experience don’t qualify for merit-based scholarships, many universities have large endowments earmarked for bursary/grant disbursements for students in need. He should request information on how much he could receive under a similar program before accepting the admissions offer. 

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