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2 Unusual Ways to Find Scholarship Money That Will Surprise You

February 15, 2017 | Posted by Karina Rovey


Ironically, it can often seem like it’s the epicenter of high school. In our world, high school is seen as a mere stepping stone on the way up to higher education. However, the raw price of tuition at a university or college is by no means cheap. In many circumstances, it isn’t even affordable.

Thankfully, there is a way to significantly downplay the costs of college. It comes in the form of scholarships.

Scholarships exist because there are thousands of organizations and people all over the world who want to send you to college with their money. The only key to unlock these magical scholarships is knowing how to find them and working hard.

But if you are like me, that’s an overwhelming thought. Here’s how to overcome that fear.

Ease the dread of searching for scholarships

A simple way to lessen that daunting feeling that comes with the scholarship search is to keep everything organized. Once you start finding scholarships, enter pertinent information into an Excel or Google spreadsheet.

For example, you might have columns titled “Name,” “Due Date,” “url link” and so on. That way, whenever you are ready to start applying, you have all of the information you need all in one place. You just have to go down your list and apply.

If you spend just an hour per week searching for scholarships and adding them to your spreadsheet, you’ll quickly build up a large database.

Find scholarships with the help of dead presidents

These scholarships can be found in many ways, but a great method for finding them is through different high schools’ websites.

  • Take the last name of a past U.S. president. For example, Lincoln.
  • Search “Lincoln High School” on a search engine.
  • Voila! You now have a myriad of high school websites from across the U.S., of which a large percentage of have their own scholarship databases on their websites.

Once you get to the website, try to find a menu option such as “Parents and Students,” “Resources” or “Counseling Office.” These categories are where you are most likely to find a possible scholarship list.

Now, think about all the deceased presidents in our country and how many schools are named after them! That’s a lot of scholarships.

More unusual ways to find scholarship money

Scholarships aren’t just given for good grades, either.

You can get scholarships simply for your physical characteristics! Just search “blue-eyed scholarship,” “tall scholarship” and so on. You can also try searching for scholarships having to do with your nationality, birthday month and number of siblings. The possibilities are endless!

So, if you think you have to be the perfect student in order to get scholarships for college, don’t worry. Though your grades and extracurricular service in high school do matter, the amount of scholarship money you receive is directly related to the time and effort you put into it.

I hope some of these tips help you like they’ve helped me, and I’ll see you on those scholarship websites!

Here’s a scholarship opportunity right now!

By the way, LCEF annually awards over $4,500 in scholarships to high school seniors. The Take Heart Scholarship is an amazing way to earn money for college if you are an LCEF investor and willing to write a killer essay.

You can find all the details here.  Be sure to check it out and apply before April 5, 2017!

Karina Rovey
Hi there. I’m Karina and I’m a sophomore in high school from Tennessee. I love Jesus, acting, playing guitar and traveling with my family. I am honored and excited to be a part of the World Changers team!