Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:24 AM Kellie

Scholarships and the Bewares...

How often do we read or hear about something and think, "Come on, that is too good to be true!"  Well...

All scholarships are a form of gift aid, money that does not need to be repaid (a wonderful thing) and it reduces debt (another wonderful thing)!!!!

To find scholarships to help pay for school, personal expenses, etc., can be difficult because where does one start and how would one know what is legitimate and what is not?

ALWAYS keep your eye out for scams:

If it is too good to be true - probably a scam

If you are asked to come to a free seminar/information session - probably a scam

Scholarships are FREE to apply for, so if there is a cost - probably a scam

If it states, "cannot get this information anywhere else" - probably a scam

The scholarship establishment states that they can do all the work for you - probably a scam

When a scholarship is awarded, notification is always sent by mail, you will NOT be notified by telephone

Be aware of 900 area codes

Walk away from pressured sales

Be suspicious of endorsements

When awarded the scholarship, always keep a copy of the letter!

Here are a few legitimate scholarship websites to review:

www.fastweb.com

www.scholarships.com

www.collegeboard.com

www.gatesfoundation.org

Ask around...get ideas and suggestions on where to look for scholarships through other foundations, friends, family or public libraries in surrounding towns.

Good luck on your quest!  Remember, the Financial Aid Office is always open...come by and visit anytime!

Kellie signing out...

 

 

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