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ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS TRANSFERS NEED TO KNOW


While many awards are based on aca- demics and test scores, there are a ton of scholarships that have nothing to do with GPA. Merit-based awards are available for talent and interest in art, music, theater, community service, leadership, extracurricular groups, athletics (not just the NCAA level), and much more. Almost any special interest, ability, or personal trait has a scholarship opportunity attached to it—you just have to do the work to look for them. Unfortunately, many students don’t bother to apply for scholarships be- cause they think they have no chance of winning, they don’t consider a smaller prize to be worth the effort (false—see fact #4), or they do apply but they aren’t eligible. (Side note: that’s one of the only times you should pass up on applying for a scholarship—don’t waste your time filling out an application if you’re going to be disqualified right away. But if you’re eligible based on the scholarship rules, you might as well give it a shot. You could be pleasantly surprised with the result!)


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t’s a fact: scholarships are hugely important for college students. Unlike a student loan, a scholar- ship is free money you don’t have to pay back later. After you search,


apply, and win, scholarships can be applied to your tuition or other aca- demic expenses at your new school, and voilà—your college transfer is now more affordable! Well, it’s not that simple. There are a lot of rules surrounding scholarships, caveats you need to know, and other things that can make your scholarship search easier and more successful. Let’s go over 10 of those right now.


Every student can apply for scholarships There are scholarships out there


for almost everyone: middle and high schoolers, undergrads, transfers, grad students, and beyond! Each scholar- ship will lay out who is eligible in its requirements, whether it’s defined by age, education level, or another cat- egory. There are also transfer-specific scholarships, including the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship Program, Phi Theta Kappa awards, and institu- tional aid especially for transfer stu- dents. Be sure to inquire about the scholarship opportunities available at your college(s) of interest.


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You don’t have to be an A+ student or star athlete either


Scholarships aren’t just for students with perfect grades or NFL dreams.


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Not all scholarships are advertised well Scholarships aren’t going to come knocking on your door—you need to hunt for them! And a lot of awards won’t be heavily advertised, especially local ones. To find these hidden gems, ask your old high school counselor for a list of local scholar- ship opportunities. Businesses, places of worship, and service groups usu- ally love giving back to the commu- nity in this way. Your parent’s or guardian’s work- place might have a scholarship pro- gram for children of employees, or maybe they belong to an organiza- tion that distributes funds to students every year. Your college(s) of interest may also have scholarships that aren’t listed online, so be sure to ask if there are more available. Leave no stone unturned during your search, and apply for every opportunity you’re eligible for, big or small. Speaking of which…


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