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What are College Scholarships?

College scholarships are different than any other type of financial aid. When looking at your financial aid package you will have grants, scholarships, work-study, and maybe loans. Scholarships are unique because really it's up to you to do all the work which includes writing an essay, building a project or even doing community service.

During my senior year in high school, I focused on getting as many college scholarships as possible because when it comes down to it, there is so much money you could win. You will come to find out that there are scholarships for the intellectual as well as the disabled.

The opportunities can be almost endless when you start looking for college scholarships. I mean it's free money for the most part. I really think each time I win a scholarship it's just a return on all the hard work I put into my applications. Scholarships also have such a variety of requirments and qualifications that there is no exact way for me to explain them.

First, you have your merit scholarships . That just means that you either have accomplished something or will accomplish something in the future that will qualify you for that certain college scholarship. The word "merit" in the scholarship world is so broad that it can be something as simple as getting a scholarship because you know how to build airplane models to getting straight A's in high school.

The second category of scholarships are "need based" scholarships. That just means that you have a certain "need" that maybe no other student has. This could mean that your family is low income and they can't afford to pay your college or it can mean that you have a disability that puts you in need of the scholarship.

It's important to always look over each scholarship to make sure that you qualify . You don't want to be wasting your time on a college scholarship that you don't qualify for because there is no way you can win. Find out where to look for college scholarships.

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