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College Scholarship Search Strategies for the Holidays

Use these smart tips to make holiday break time college scholarship searching and applying time!

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Holiday breaks are just around the corner and students everywhere are looking forward to sleeping in, relaxing, and doing pretty much a lot of nothing.

Who can blame them?

As much as students deserve a break, however, using this extra time wisely will be a much smarter choice in the long run when it comes to the college scholarship process

As high school seniors finish and submit college applications and essays, looming in the not too distant future is the one thing most of their parents fear the most: The college tuition bill! 

Here are 5 tips to help students enjoy their holiday breaks, but at the same time maximize this time to find and apply for as many college scholarships as they possibly can, easing their parents’ minds and hopefully, checkbooks.

1. Set aside time each day dedicated to scholarship searching – Parents can help here, partnering with their students to double the number of scholarships that will be found. Encourage siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to join in the hunt, and hours of college scholarship searching can be condensed into a fraction of that time with so many people helping.

2. Start Local – Check with your own area banks, credit unions, community foundations, churches, club organizations (Elks, Masons, Lions, etc.), parents’ employers, retail stores, hospitals, and small businesses to see if they offer scholarships to students in their area. If they have a website, look for college scholarship opportunities and if none are found, send them a very polite email asking if they have one. If they don’t have a website, go ahead and call them, making sure the student is the one doing the calling. Local scholarships have less competition, making winning one that much easier for students who apply for them.

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