Do not pay some organization thousands of dollars just to file your scholarship applications.

Take these steps to find and secure scholarships.

If your college applications are all submitted, congratulations!

Now, with applications in, you have to make a last-ditch effort to land scholarships.

Withย tuition, room and boardย at four-year public colleges and universities averaging nearly $33,000 in California even for in-state applicants, getting scholarships is crucial for many students.

To assist the students and families with scholarships. many private companies have popped up throughout the country. The only problem is that, for a very small service that you can do yourself, they charge thousands of dollars for every year you have to file an application. There are many ways to get scholarships on your own, and, in this article, we will explore some of the options you have.

For the national scholarships, scholarships with smaller awards or ones that require essays attract fewer applicants, boosting students’ odds of winning. And once students have written a few applications, it becomes easier to reuse what they have, he said, so subsequent applications take less time.

There are several internet sites that offer national scholarship databases, and students can search for the ones that match their needs. The most recognized databases are:

All of them provide extensive listings of scholarships available across the country.

In addition to national organizations, there are local organizations that provide scholarships. They are not being picked up by the search engines,ย  so the application pool is smaller, or the scholarships require that a student is a local resident.ย  The organizations sponsoring these scholarships tend to want to benefit the community around them. One advice is that since you are also more likely to be invited to interview for the award, you should highlight things on your rรฉsumรฉ that “make you stand out as an individual.”

These local scholarships may offer smaller awards, but since getting a national scholarship with big funds is hard, a student should apply for โ€” and win โ€” multiple, smaller awards. In fact, students who get fully funded apply to everything.

One advice in getting local and national scholarships is start the process early.

First, think about starting the scholarship applications before filing college applications, usually in Junior year.

Many students start the scholarship search around the time they finish their applications, but students and their families should think about starting earlier. It is much easier to choose among colleges you know you may be able to afford than to have to opt for a backup school because you find out late that your favorite is financially out of reach.

Another advantage for starting early as a junior in high school is that some of the essays written or will be written for college applications could be repurposed for scholarships, making the process more efficient.

When you do get the scholarships, beware of college policies

One issue to be aware of with scholarships is that they can affect other aid you may be receiving. Some aid, like the income-based federal Pell grants, are not affected by any other source of funding. And about 80 percent of colleges will first reduce the loans they offer you by the amount of an outside scholarship, then cut grants only if your outside scholarship exceeds your loans.

For that reason, it is a good idea to be certain of a college’s policy regarding outside scholarship money. Some list their policy on their websites, but for others, the financial aid office may be the best resource.

One final advice,

“Don’t be afraid of the financial aid office. You are not going to get a negative mark against you in the admissions office if you call up and say, ‘Can we talk about my aid package?'”-Lisa Micele, director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School

์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ์‹ ์ฒญ์„œ ์ž‘์„ฑ์— ๋งŽ์€ ๋ˆ์„ ๋“ค์ผ ํ•„์š”๊ฐ€ ์—†์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ํ™•๋ณด๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ๋‹ค์Œ์˜ ์กฐ์น˜๋ฅผ ์ทจํ•˜์‹œ๊ธฐ ๋ฐ”๋ž๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ด๋ฏธ ๋Œ€ํ•™์›์„œ๋ฅผ ์ œ์ถœํ–ˆ๋‹ค๋ฉด ์ •๋ง ์ถ•ํ•˜ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค!!!!
์ด์ œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•œ ํ•„์‚ฌ์ ์ธ ๋…ธ๋ ฅ์„ ํ•ด์•ผ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์บ˜๋ฆฌํฌ๋‹ˆ์•„์˜ 4๋…„์ œ ํ•™๊ต๋“ค์˜ ์ˆ˜์—…๋ฃŒ์™€ ๊ธฐ์ˆ™์‚ฌ๋น„๋Š” ์‹ฌ์ง€์–ด ๊ฐ€์ฃผ ์‹ ์ฒญ์ž๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ๋„ ๊ฑฐ์˜ ํ‰๊ท  $33,000 ์ด๊ธฐ์—, ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์€ ์•„์ฃผ ์ค‘์š”ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค๊ณผ ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ๊ฐ€์กฑ๋“ค์ด ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ํ˜œํƒ์„ ๋ฐ›์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋„๋ก ๋•๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด ์ด๊ณณ ์ €๊ณณ์—์„œ ๋งŽ์€ ๊ฐœ์ธ ํšŒ์‚ฌ๋“ค์ด ์†์ถœํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์ด ์Šค์Šค๋กœ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์•„์ฃผ ์ž‘์€ ์ผ๋“ค๊นŒ์ง€๋„ ๋งค๋…„ ์‹ ์ฒญ์„œ ์ž‘์„ฑ์— ์ˆ˜์ฒœ ๋‹ฌ๋Ÿฌ์˜ ๊ธˆ์•ก์„ ์ฒญ๊ตฌํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ๋ฌธ์ œ๊ฐ€ ๋˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„ ์Šค์Šค๋กœ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›์„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋Š” ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๋งŽ์€ ๋ฐฉ๋ฒ•์— ๊ด€ํ•ด ์ด ๊ธฐ์‚ฌ์—์„œ ๋‹ค๋ฃจ์–ด ๋ณด๋„๋ก ํ•˜๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๊ตญ๊ฐ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์˜ ๊ฒฝ์šฐ, ์ ์€ ๊ธˆ์•ก์˜ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์ด๊ฑฐ๋‚˜ ์—์„ธ์ด๋ฅผ ์š”๊ตฌํ•˜๋Š” ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์€ ์‹ ์ฒญ์ž๊ฐ€ ์ ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์—, ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ์ข‹์€ ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ€์ ธ์˜ฌ ํ™•๋ฅ ์ด ๋†’์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ผ๋‹จ ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์ด ๋ช‡ ๊ฐœ์˜ ์‹ ์ฒญ์„œ๋ฅผ ์ž‘์„ฑํ•˜๋ฉด ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์„ ๊ฐ€์ง€๊ณ  ๋‹ค์‹œ ์žฌ์‚ฌ์šฉ ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ณ , ๊ฒฐ๊ณผ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋‹ค์Œ ์‹ ์ฒญ์„œ ์ž‘์„ฑ์— ํ›จ์”ฌ ์ ์€ ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด ์†Œ์š”๋ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๊ตญ๊ฐ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ๋ฐ์ดํ„ฐ ๋ฒ ์ด์Šค๋ฅผ ์ œ๊ณตํ•˜๋Š” ๋ช‡๋ช‡ ์ธํ„ฐ๋„ท ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ๋ฅผ ํ†ตํ•ด ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์€ ์ž์‹ ๋“ค์—๊ฒŒ ํ•„์š”ํ•œ ๋ถ€๋ถ„์„ ๊ฒ€์ƒ‰ํ•  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์ž˜ ์•Œ๋ ค์ง„ ์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ๋Š” ๋‹ค์Œ๊ณผ ๊ฐ™์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ด๋“ค ๋ชจ๋‘ ๋‚˜๋ผ ์ „์ฒด์— ๊ฑธ์นœ ๊ด‘๋ฒ”์œ„ํ•œ ์ข…๋ฅ˜์˜ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ๋ชฉ๋ก์„ ์ œ๊ณตํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๊ตญ๊ฐ€ ์กฐ์ง ๋‹จ์ฒด ๋ฟ ๋งŒ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ ์ง€์—ญ ์กฐ์ง ๋‹จ์ฒด์—์„œ๋„ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ์ œ๊ณตํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋“ค์€ ๊ฒ€์ƒ‰ ์—”์ง„์œผ๋กœ ๊ฒ€์ƒ‰์ด ๋˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ธฐ์— ์‹ ์ฒญ์ž์ˆ˜๊ฐ€ ์ ๊ณ  ์ง€์—ญ ์ฃผ๋ฏผ์— ํ•œ ํ•ด ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ์ฃผ๊ณ  ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ด๋Ÿฌํ•œ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ํ›„์› ๋‹จ์ฒด๋“ค์€ ์ฃผ์œ„ ์ปค๋ฎค๋‹ˆํ‹ฐ์˜ ํ˜œํƒ์„ ์›ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒฝํ–ฅ์ด ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋”ฐ๋ผ์„œ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์ด ์ธํ„ฐ๋ทฐ ๊ฐ€๋Šฅ์„ฑ์ด ๋งŽ์•„์ง€๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ์ž์‹ ์„ ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์ž˜ ๋ˆˆ์— ๋„๊ฒŒ ๋‘๋“œ๋Ÿฌ์ง€๊ฒŒ ๋ณด์ผ ๊ฒƒ์„ ์กฐ์–ธํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ด๋Ÿฐ ์ง€์—ญ ๋‹จ์ฒด์˜ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์€ ์ž‘์€ ํ˜œํƒ์„ ์ฃผ๋Š” ์ ์€ ์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ, ํฐ ํ˜œํƒ์˜ ๊ตญ๊ฐ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์€ ๋„ˆ๋ฌด ์–ด๋ ต๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๊ตฐ๋ฐ์— ๋งŽ์ด ์ง€์›ํ• ์ˆ˜๋ก ์œ ๋ฆฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์‚ฌ์‹ค์ƒ ์ „์•ก ์ง€์› ๋ฐ›๋Š” ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์€ ๋งŽ์€ ๊ณณ์— ์ง€์›ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์ง€์—ญ ๋ฐ ๊ตญ๊ฐ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›๋Š” ํ•œ ๊ฐ€์ง€ ์กฐ์–ธ์„ ๋ง์”€ ๋“œ๋ฆฌ์ž๋ฉด, ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์€ ์ผ์ฐ ์„œ๋‘๋ฅด๋ผ๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค!!!!!!
์ฒซ์งธ, ๋Œ€ํ•™ ์ž…ํ•™ ์›์„œ๋ฅผ ์ œ์ถœํ•˜๊ธฐ ์ „์— ๋ณดํ†ต ํ•˜์ด์Šค์ฟจ ์ฃผ๋‹ˆ์–ด ๋•Œ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ์‹ ์ฒญ์„œ๋ฅผ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•˜์‹ญ์‹œ์˜ค.
๋งŽ์€ ํ•™์ƒ๋“ค์€ ๋Œ€ํ•™ ์ž…ํ•™์›์„œ๋ฅผ ๋๋‚ผ ๋ฌด๋ ต๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ์œ„ํ•œ ๊ฒ€์ƒ‰์„ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค๋งŒ, ์‚ฌ์‹ค์ƒ ๋” ์ผ์ฐ ์‹œ์ž‘ ํ•ด์•ผ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์ด ๊ฐ€๊ณ  ์‹ถ์–ด ํ•˜๋Š” ๋Œ€ํ•™์ด ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์˜ ์žฌ์ •์œผ๋กœ ๊ฐ๋‹นํ•˜๊ธฐ ํž˜๋“ค๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๋‚˜์ค‘์— ์•Œ๊ณ  ๋ฐฑ์—… ์Šค์ฟจ์„ ๊ฐ€์•ผ ํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ ๋ณด๋‹ค๋Š” ๋ฏธ๋ฆฌ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์˜ ์žฌ์ • ์‚ฌ์ •์— ๋งž๋Š” ํ•™๊ต ์ค‘์—์„œ ๊ณ ๋ฅด๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด ํ›จ์”ฌ ์ˆ˜์›” ํ•  ๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
ํ•˜์ด์Šค์ฟจ ์ฃผ๋‹ˆ์–ด ๋•Œ์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ์ผ์ฐ ์‹œ์ž‘ํ•˜๋Š” ๋˜ ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์žฅ์ ์€ ๋ฐ”๋กœ ๋Œ€ํ•™ ์ž…ํ•™ ์—์„ธ์ด๊ฐ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ์‹ ์ฒญ ๊ณผ์ •์—์„œ ๋‹ค์‹œ ์žฌ์‚ฌ์šฉ๋  ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ์œผ๋ฏ€๋กœ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ ์‹ ์ฒญ ๊ณผ์ •์„ ๋”์šฑ๋” ํšจ์œจ์ ์œผ๋กœ ๋งŒ๋“ค ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๊ธฐ ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›์„ ๋•Œ ๋Œ€ํ•™์˜ ๋ฐฉ์นจ์„ ์•Œ์•„ ๋‘์„ธ์š”!
์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์„ ๋ฐ›์„ ๋•Œ ์•Œ์•„๋‘์–ด์•ผ ํ•  ํ•œ๊ฐ€์ง€ ์œ ์˜ํ•  ์ ์€ ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์ด ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์žฌ์ • ๋ณด์กฐ๋ฅผ ๋ฐ›๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์— ์˜ํ–ฅ์„ ์ค„ ์ˆ˜ ์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ์ ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์†Œ๋“์— ๊ธฐ๋ฐ˜์„ ๋‘” ์—ฐ๋ฐฉ ํŽ  ๊ทธ๋žœํŠธ(Federal Pell Grants) ๊ฐ™์€ ์ผ๋ถ€ ์žฌ์ • ๋ณด์กฐ๋Š” ๋‹ค๋ฅธ ์ž๊ธˆ ์ถœ์ฒ˜์— ์˜ํ–ฅ์„ ๋ฐ›์ง€ ์•Š์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์•ฝ 80ํผ์„ผํŠธ์˜ ๋Œ€ํ•™์—์„œ๋Š” ์™ธ๋ถ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์ด ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์˜ ๋Œ€์ถœ์„ ์ดˆ๊ณผํ•˜๋ฉด ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์— ๋Œ€ํ•œ ๋ณด์กฐ๊ธˆ์„ ์‚ญ๊ฐํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๊ทธ๋Ÿฌํ•œ ์ด์œ  ๋•Œ๋ฌธ์— ์™ธ๋ถ€ ์žฅํ•™๊ธˆ์— ๊ด€ํ•œ ๊ฐ ๋Œ€ํ•™์˜ ์ •์ฑ…์„ ํ™•์‹คํžˆ ์•Œ์•„ ๋‘๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์ด ์ข‹์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ์ผ๋ถ€ ๋Œ€ํ•™๋“ค์€ ์›น์‚ฌ์ดํŠธ์— ๊ทธ๋“ค์˜ ์ •์ฑ…์„ ์—ด๊ฑฐํ•ด ๋†“์•˜๊ณ , ๊ทธ๋ ‡์ง€ ์•Š์€ ๊ฒฝ์šฐ financial aid office (์žฌ์ • ์›์กฐ ์‚ฌ๋ฌด์‹ค)์— ๋ฌธ์˜ํ•ด ๋ด์•ผ ํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰์œผ๋กœ ์กฐ์–ธํ•˜์ž๋ฉด,
โ€œfinancial aid office (์žฌ์ • ์›์กฐ ์‚ฌ๋ฌด์‹ค)์— ์—ฐ๋ฝํ•˜๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ฃผ์ €ํ•˜์ง€ ๋งˆ์„ธ์š”. ๋งŒ์•ฝ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์ด ์ „ํ™”๋ฅผ ๊ฑธ์–ด์„œ โ€˜ ์ œ ์žฌ์ • ๋ณด์กฐ ํŒจํ‚ค์ง€์— ๊ด€ํ•ด ์—ฌ์ญค๋ณด๊ณ  ์‹ถ์€๋ฐ์š”?โ€™ ๋ผ๊ณ  ๋ง์„ ํ•ด๋„ ์—ฌ๋Ÿฌ๋ถ„์€ ์ž…ํ•™ ์‚ฌ๋ฌด์‹ค์—์„œ ์–ด๋– ํ•œ ๋ถ€์ •์ ์ธ ์˜ํ–ฅ๋„ ๋ฐ›์ง€ ์•Š์„ ๊ฒƒ์ž…๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. โ€
-Lisa Micele, director of college counseling at the University of Illinois Laboratory High School