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Not everyone is aware of the procedure for getting a scholarship and in their confusion many parents fail to save on thousands of dollars spent on the education of their children.

Scholarships or scholarship grants are basically money gifted to students to help them get through college and can be in various forms. Scholarships are different from education loans in the sense that they don't need to be repaid.

Scholarships can be paid either directly to the student or paid to the university or college to make up for the fees. Many agencies award scholarships including government, clubs, charities, businesses, schools and even cooperative organization.

Parents and students need to be aware it is not only the top performing students who are eligible for a scholarship. In fact, almost every student can get a scholarship depending on his or her abilities.

Another misconception about scholarship is it is available only to high school students who are seeking admission in college. Fact is scholarship grants are available to all levels of college or university studies, right from freshman years to graduates and even PhD students.

Scholarships can be applied for on a variety of grounds right from your abilities to your following a certain religion. The range of scholarships and grants available include athletic scholarships, scholarships for students in a particular field of study or even scholarships for students living or studying in a particular city or state. The sources for scholarships are also literally unlimited - even a simple internet search would reveal innumerable sources.

To get the scholarship you want you need to do some hard work first. The first step is to take the initiative and apply for a scholarship. Look for scholarship grants where their criteria match your position and once you find them, contact the provider and ask for an application form. Many scholarship providers allow you to download application forms from their website while others require you to send a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Remember to follow all the deadlines set by the scholarship providers - for filling in and submitting the forms, providing all your necessary documentation and appearing for an interview if they call you for one. Be organized in your scholarship applications - keep all necessary documents including reference and recommendation letters and course transcripts ready at hand so that you don't need to run around for them at the last minute.

Always make copies of all your completed applications before submitting them and file them properly with all necessary details for ready reference. If your mail copy is lost by chance, you can always send in a follow up copy from the one you made. Finally, stay positive about yourself and your chances of getting a scholarship. The hard work you put in and the time you spent towards searching for scholarships will definitely bring you results.

Ian Koch is a writer and internet publisher who likes to publish at http://www.the-scholarship-portal.com.



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