Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Your college scholarship search should begin with your teen’s high school guidance office. Here you and your teen can ask for local grants and scholarships that are awarded to the students of your teen’s high school every year.

The college admissions office is the next stop for scholarship information. Check to see what scholarships are available for students planning to attend the college and the list of qualifications for each. They may also know of scholarships for the major your teen is planning to study that had been
awarded to previous students of the college. If your teen has not decided on a college, put this on the priority list of things to ask when he/she has made the decision.

Next you’ll want to check internet scholarship search companies. There are a few reputable companies that do scholarship searches for parents and teens. All you need to do is sign up for the service and fill out a profile. I suggest you sign up for a free email account before you try these services and use it instead of your personal email address. This will keep your scholarship search organized and any unwanted email advertising out of your personal email account.

The first two places I go when searching for a scholarships on the internet is and Both websites have been around since I started looking for this type of information in 1998. I have not received any extra spam after signing up with them and their information has always proven reliable. I also have a list of recommended scholarships. This is not to say that there aren't more scholarship searches available on the web - there are - but these are the two that I use and trust.
Lastly, you will want to be on your guard against college scholarship scams. You will find these in your email, in your snail mail and even advertised in your newspaper. Go over the signs of college scholarship scams before you apply for any.

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