Finding Unique Scholarships Online
So, like most people you are likely reeling from the cost of
college these days. Scholarships seem like a great option to
lessen the blow to your wallet. But, you may be wondering if
they are achievable for the average student.
The good news is they most certainly are. Not all scholarships
are academic scholarships that consider only the straight A,
honor-roll students. Many relatively unknown scholarships are
available. For example, have you heard about the duct tape prom
dress scholarship? Or, what about the scholarship that's just
for tall people?
Yes, those scholarships are real. And, there are many others out
there like them. But, how in the world do you go about finding
one the suits you (or your students) quirks?
The information is out there, much of it online. Here are 3
Simple Tips for locating unusual scholarships online:
1. Use Search Engines - Using Google search for "left hand
scholarships" (with quotes) if you are left handed. Insert your
various unique qualities and / or hobbies. Don't overlook small
things, like hair color, eye color, height, etc... You never
know what you will find!
2. Sign Up For a Scholarship Database - There are many
scholarship databases online, some free, some paid. These
databases usually contain a fairly comprehensive list of
available scholarships. We review several popular databases on
3.Visit message boards and forums - A search on your favorite
search engine for "scholarship forum" or "scholarship message
board" will likely provide you with a wealth of resources. Visit
active forums to network with other students who are looking for
scholarships. Interesting scholarshipswill likely get talked
about. This is a great way of getting "in the know".
With a bit of time and effort, you can uncover real gems.
Unusual and quirky scholarships do exist, you just need to find
them. The internet can be a great tool to mine for these
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