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Monday, August 13, 2012

Smoke Signals and Keeping Scholarships Organized

I know you may barely be able to keep your jeans organized by color, but if there’s one thing you’re going to need to fund college through scholarships, it’s organization. I did it through Excel spreadsheets, but you can do it in any way that fits you: spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, Word documents, scrapbooks, smoke signals.

If this is you, you might want to change your game plan for scholarships. Just sayin'.

What are some things you might want to track? Start with scholarship names, college expenses, and references. 

After all, the more organized you are, the less time you’ll have to spend searching for and applying for scholarships. And the less time you spend, the better return on your investment you’ll have—and the closer you’ll be to making $1,000 an hour and funding college through scholarships!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Gladness, Hunger, and Writing Amazing Scholarship Essays

There is one part of the scholarship application more critical than anything else. You get this part clear, and scholarships will start raining out of the sky into your lap. What’s that part?

It’s you.

You have to know why you're passionate about your life so you have something to write about in your essays.

Theologian Frederick Buechner wrote this: “Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need.” Or he once put it another way: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” Find your deep gladness, your greatest passion: that is the most significant service you can ever give the world—and knowing this is what will help you fund college through scholarships.