10. Capturing Private Scholarships

A wise student realizes that the vast majority of scholarships come from the colleges and universities themselves.

—College Venus blog

What is the best place to look for college cash?

If I asked that question to 100 high school students, I wouldn’t be surprised if 99 of them responded with this answer: private scholarships.

A wide variety of groups sponsor private scholarships from service organizations like the Elks, Rotary, and Kiwanis clubs to alumni organizations, community foundations, and businesses. Corporations sponsor some of the best-known scholarships such as the Coca-Cola Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars, and the Intel Science Talent Search. There are also private scholarships that elicit chuckles ...

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