When applying for scholarships, the first step is going to the online scholarship search engines. This is a great place to start, but it’s also important to consider your roots. Going to the search engines is going to bring up loads of options – which is a great thing. However, scholarships are hard to win. Going towards search engines can often mean competing with hundreds or thousands of people with only one grand prize winner. This is usually less than a 1% chance of winning. This is why another approach is critical.
If you stick with entering the scholarships found on search engines, you do have a chance of winning a scholarship. However, you are much more likely to win a scholarship when you narrow down your choices.
One new way to narrow down your scholarship search is to find a specific niche of scholarship, or weird scholarships. There are plenty of extremely specific scholarships that pertain to only people who have glasses, have red hair, are 4’10” tall, and many more. By applying to these scholarships, you are increasing your chances of winning because you are competing in a smaller niche. If you are not that special, then there are still other ways to increase your chances of winning a scholarship.
One of the biggest, most overlooked ways to narrow down your search is search by location. By remaining local, scholarship rewards might be lower. There may be less of a cash award, but they are also easier to win. This means that there’s a better chance of actually being chosen for the award.
In general, people head towards the search engines, but community scholarships are almost always available. Due to locality requirements, less people are going to enter the scholarship. Along with this, less people know about the scholarship.
Since local scholarships are harder to find, there are a few pointers to help out.
Firstly, ask your guidance counselor. This only works if you’re in college or high school, but they are …Read More