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Three Easy Steps to Finding a Scholarship…PLUS Five Great Scholarships to Get You Started

Three Easy Steps to Finding a Scholarship…PLUS Five Great Scholarships to Get You Started

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Step 1. Find Schools You Want to Attend

Most colleges and universities offer fantastic scholarships. So the BEST way to search for scholarships is to narrow the list to include only those schools you’d most like to attend, then research their awards and financial aid options. Many scholarships from corporations and nonprofits also require detailed information about your academic plans, so it pays to decide where to apply before you ramp up your scholarship search.

Begin researching programs of study on AdminSecret now.

Step 2. Search for Scholarships

Many organizations and businesses offer scholarships for Bachelor’s and advanced degrees. Look into the following organizations, both in your area and nationally.

• Professional associations
• Your employer (Employee Based Awards)
• Scholarship-focused nonprofits
• Large corporations (Pepsi, Xerox, etc.)
• Foundations (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.)
• Unions
• Advocacy and political organizations
• Religious organizations
• Social/community clubs and organizations
• Service organizations (Rotary, Elks, etc.)

Scholarship criteria vary widely. Some scholarships are earmarked for students pursuing specific careers; others may be regional, designated for applicants from a particular state or county. Typically, organizations and schools may offer scholarships to students who meet a set of criteria, which could include:

• Demonstrated commitment to community service or volunteer work
• Commitment to pursue a valued career, academic, or research interest
• Learning or physical disabilities
• Demonstrated commitment to fine arts or performing arts
• Demonstrated athletic achievement and talent
• Economic need
• Underrepresented minority group
• Student is a gender minority in their field of interest (Ex: male nurses)
• Birthplace (for students from a particular city, state, or country)
• Student is the first to go to college in their family
• Contest / essay contest winner
• Going back to school; single parent
• High academic achievement
• High standardized test scores

A good strategy is to determine the types of scholarships you may be eligible for and search specifically for those.

Which area(s) might you qualify under?

Here are some hand-picked scholarships for administrative professionals that will get you started on your search:

1. Business and Professional Women’s Foundation Scholarships
Amount: $1,000 – $25,000
Scholarships Available: Hundreds

The Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships, grants, and loans to over 8,000 women seeking to improve their lives.

http://www.bpwusa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3381

2. AAUW Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award
Amount: $5,000
Scholarships Available: 1

Established in 1989, the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to equity and education for women and girls.

http://www.aauw.org/education/fga/awards/erfund.cfm

3. Women’s Business Alliance Scholarship Program
Amount: $2,000
Scholarships Available: 1

The Women’s Business Alliance of Choice Hotels in conjunction with the Choice Hotels International Foundation will award college scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to deserving females with an interest in or link to the hospitality industry. Both undergraduate and post-graduate students are eligible to apply for this award.

http://www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-US/html/WBA

4. Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest
Amount: $10,000
Scholarships Available: 1

Prudent Publishing Company, Inc has been a publisher of premium, personalized greeting cards for over 75 years. One submission per applicant. Submit photo, artwork or computer graphics for only the front of a greeting card. Design should be appropriate for business and comsumer use. Photo, art or graphics submitted must be your own original work/creation.

http://www.gallerycollection.com/scholarship.htm

5. “Speak New Words” Music Video Contest
Amount: $500 – $5,000
Scholarships Available: 2 $500, 2 $1000, 2 $5000

The “Speak New Words” Music Video Contest is available to high school and college students who are at least 13 years of age. You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in high school or college in the United States. You must create an audio-visual video, no shorter than one minute and no longer than four minutes, in which you perform original (created by you) words (lyrics – spoken or sung) that will include 13 character traits that you believe are necessary if in bringing about positive change in their community as well as inspiring your generation to greatness to be eligible for this award.

http://www.americanstudentsfund.org/snw2008/rules.php

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Step 3. Apply for Lots of Scholarships – Don’t be Shy

Finding scholarship programs can be a time-consuming process. Unfortunately, many students spend hours looking for a scholarship but fail to put an equal amount of effort into completing their application. The application is by far the most important part of your scholarship search; give it the time it deserves.

One last bit of advice: Double-check the scholarship requirements before you apply. After all, you want to be sure you are eligible before you apply. Write, call or e-mail the scholarship sponsor to ensure you have full details of application procedures and know what will be expected of the successful applicant. You can never have too much Information!


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