Student Scholarships

Written by Seth Cotterell
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There is an unbelievable amount of money out there waiting to be claimed by students for use toward earning a college degree. In fact, every year, millions of dollars of available money goes unused simply because students did not know how or when to apply for it. Much of this money comes in the form of scholarships.

Three Types of Student Scholarships

Student scholarships are used to offset the cost of college tuition. Scholarships are set aside for students who meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligibility is often based on some measurable performance. GPA is often the standard used to determine scholarship eligibility. Students who are serious about attending a good college can help make that dream a reality by working hard and getting good grades.

Some student scholarships are not based on achievement. Some are awarded strictly on a need basis. Students who do not come from wealthy families and whose grades may not be perfect can still have the opportunity to go to college if they can qualify for need based-scholarships.

A third type of student scholarship is awarded based on group affiliation. This often takes the form of minority scholarships. The NAACP provides scholarships for African Americans, national gay and lesbian groups provide scholarships for LGBT students, and many Native American tribes provide their members with educational scholarships. An online scholarship search can help you get a better idea of what is available.

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