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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Finding Private Scholarships

Typically, the best known scholarships are also going to be the hardest to win. Brilliant kids who have the most remarkable resumes are going to snag national scholarships such as the Coca-Cola Scholars awards, the AXA Achievement Scholarship, Gates Millennium Scholars, and the Intel Science Talent Search. Most of the kids who contemplate applying for these sorts of mega awards will be wasting their time.

So what about everybody else? Here’s the best way for a child to proceed:

Aim lower. Find loose scholarship cash by hunting in your own community and region. Do your parents’ workplaces offer scholarships to children of employees? Some unions also kick in money for the right kid. Service organizations are another ...

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