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Scholarship Tips

How to find scholarships

By EducationQuest Foundation

Thousands of local, state and national scholarships available, but will you qualify for any of them? To find out, you’ll need to do the research and submit the applications. Here are a few places you can look:

  • ScholarshipQuest at EducationQuest.org is a database of over 2,000 Nebraska-based scholarships. After you create a profile, this tool will match you with scholarships that fit your criteria.
  • Visit your guidance office at least once a week during your senior year to check on local, national, and school-specific scholarships.
  • The college you plan to attend is one of your best sources for scholarships. Contact the colleges that interest you for information about scholarships they offer.
  • Visit national scholarship search sites such as ScholarshipExperts.com, SchoolSoup.com, Scholarships.com, and ScholarshipJunkies.org. Check our website for other sites we recommend.
  • Other resources could include your coach, clubs and organizations, and your parents’ employers and civic organizations.

Criteria for earning scholarships can include academics, community service, leadership, or talents. Some scholarships are based on financial need as measured by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), but most are combination of all these criteria. Therefore, to qualify for more scholarships, earn good grades, get involved, and complete the FAFSA.

The benefits of applying for scholarships could be enormous. If you spend 20 hours applying for 20 scholarships and receive $2,000 in awards, you just made $100 an hour!


Follow these tips to increase your chances of earning scholarships:

  • Organize scholarships in deadline order and set aside time each week to work on them.
  • The application may ask for your activities, awards, honors classes and volunteer or paid jobs. Have this information easily available by using the Activities Resume at EducationQuest.org.
  • If an application requires a letter of recommendation, give the person writing the letter a specific deadline, and a list of your accomplishments and activities or Activities Resume.
  • After writing an essay, ask an adult (preferably an English teacher) to review it. You may be able to reuse much of the essay for multiple scholarships.
  • Carefully follow the directions on the application or your application may be disqualified.
  • Don’t ever pay for scholarship services! Talk to your school counselor or EducationQuest about the many free options available.



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