"A dream is a path to the future, A quiet belief in the heart, A small secret wish nurtured deep in a spirit...Where all great accomplishments start, A dream is an endless horizon that only a dreamer can see, A dream is a challenge...A promise of all you can be." ~Anonymous~
· States you've won an award for which you didn't apply.
· Does not supply valid contact information.
· Guarantees you will win an award.
· Requires personal financial information (such as credit card numbers or checking account numbers) to "verify" or "hold" a scholarship.
· A sponsor may use words like "national," "education" or "federal" or have an official-looking seal, but might still be a scammer. Also, the federal government and the U.S. Dept. of Education do not endorse private businesses.
A legitimate scholarship service:
· Sends information about awards when you request it.
· Makes contact information available upon request.
· Does not guarantee you will win an award.
· Should not direct you to a fee-based provider because they know that financial aid information is readily available for free.
FINANCIAL AID SHOULDN'T COST YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN FREE RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE.
TOP 10 ADMISSIONS TIPS
1. Take a rigorous academic course load.
2. Research financial aid options.
3. Prepare for the SAT or ACT exams.
4. Develop your ideal college profile.
5. Review application essay questions.
6. Do Community service and volunteer work.
7. Attend college fairs.
8. Keep your grades strong.
9. Maintain relationships with teachers who can write your letters of recommendation.
10. Explore your interests through your classes.
10 COLLEGE ESSAY TIPS
1. Don't recycle essays.
2. Captivate your audience
3. Be yourself.
4. Accentuate the positive.
5. Write in the active voice.
6. Don't overextend.
7. Ask people for input.
8. Leave time for rewriting.
9. Revise, reword.
10. Pursue perfection.