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Five Ways To Help Your Kid Search for Scholarships

  
  
  
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We’re coming up on the busiest season for applying for college scholarships, which means if you have a son or daughter heading to college in the fall, now’s the time to start pestering them to apply for scholarships. That way tuition won’t break your bank -- or theirs -- when it’s time to start paying off student loans at graduation time.

Five Incredible Stats About The Importance of Scholarships

  
  
  
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It’s no secret that higher education is the ticket to a better life. Students who attain degrees -- two-year, four-year or postgraduate -- earn more and live longer. College helps families pull out of poverty, and the effects of education are felt across communities and through generations.

More Volunteer Opportunities for Students Mean More Scholarship Dollars

  
  
  
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On October 14, 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy delivered an impromptu presidential campaign speech to University of Michigan students, urging them to "contribute part of [their] life to this country" through international service -- the impetus for the Peace Corps, which began the following year. That challenge to serve more than 50 years ago still rings true for students today, as volunteering -- both domestically and internationally -- contributes to a healthier, more productive society.

Scholarship America Helps Students Focus on the Finish Line

  
  
  
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At Scholarship America, we’ve provided more than $3.1 billion in scholarship assistance to students across the nation and the world since our founding in 1958. Those students are at the center of everything we do -- because when high school kids become college graduates, we all win.

 


5 Tools to Give Your Local Students Scholarship Coaching

  
  
  
Your local students can use scholarship coaching.

Searching and applying for scholarships is a daunting process, and not just for students trying to navigate this on their own. Parents, guidance counselors and volunteers who want to offer assistance can also become easily frustrated, because even though the Internet is filled with excellent tools and resources that should simplify the process, finding the most useful material is half the battle. 

First-Generation FAFSA Advice for Parents and their Students

  
  
  
First-generation FAFSA advice to help your son or daughter graduate

Every parent dreams of seeing their kid graduate from college -- and for parents who may not have gone to college themselves, their son or daughter’s degree is an incredibly important achievement.

Why you should support scholarship programs this holiday season

  
  
  
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As December 31 draws near, you’ll no doubt find your mailbox stuffed with solicitations from local and national charities hoping you’ll give just one more dollar to their cause -- more often than not a worthy one. Unless your name is Ebenezer Scrooge, you’re likely to feel more generous during the holiday season, and will donate extra time or money to your favorite charity. (Plus, the tax break you might get in a few months will be a nice added bonus.)

Left-Handed Scholarships, Unclaimed Money and Other Scholarship Myths

  
  
  
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If you’re the parent of a current or soon-to-be college-aged student, paying for school is on your mind a lot. You’ve likely helped your kid fill out forms, talk with advisers and search for scholarship opportunities, and so you’ve seen how overwhelming it can be. And, at some point, someone probably tried to reassure you with this: "Aw, heck, there’re all kinds of scholarships out there. You can win a scholarship just for being left-handed. And I heard that there are a ton of scholarships that no one even claims!"

What are tuition management services?

  
  
  
Students, parents and employees can all benefit from tuition management services.

From students applying for financial aid to parents making sense of a college bill, tuition can be a complicated process. That’s why tuition management services can be invaluable to just about any kind of business.


Dollars for Scholars Volunteers: The Best of the Best

  
  
  
Dollars for Scholars volunteers of all ages help students.

What comes to mind when you think of the word "volunteer?"  Maybe you think of long hours, no pay and menial tasks.  Or maybe you think that volunteering is only for older people.

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