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Author: Gen S Tanabe; Kelly Y Tanabe
Publisher: Belmont, CA : SuperCollege, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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The secrets, tips, and strategies used by actual students to win millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are revealed in this completely revised guide for parents and high-school, college, and graduate students.
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Genre/Form: Directories
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gen S Tanabe; Kelly Y Tanabe
ISBN: 9781932662351 1932662359
OCLC Number: 276816458
Notes: "A comprehensive scholarship strategy guide. Step-by-step instructions on how to find, apply for and win scholarships. Learn from the successes and failures of real students. 150 scholarships anyone can win."
"Secrets to winning scholarships"--Cover.
Description: 320 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. How to get free cash for college --
Scholarship are not just for superstars --
Why most scholarship books and Websites can be so frustrating --
The mind-boggling cost of a good education --
Seven scholarship myths busted --
Advice from a scholarship judge : how we choose our scholarship winners --
What about federal financial aid? --
The big disadvantage of federal financial aid --
Scholarships : the real financial aid jackpots --
Scholarship competitions are not lotteries --
2. Find the best scholarships you can win --
Where to find the best scholarships --
Fantastic backyard scholarships --
Searching beyond your backyard --
Story from real life : smaller is sometimes better --
Truly outrageous scholarships --
I have my big list of scholarships. Now what? --
How to choose scholarships you can win --
The magic number of scholarships --
Don't look for scholarships alone --
3. Avoid scholarship scams --
Scholarships that steal --
How to spot a scholarship scam --
Red flags that indicate a scam --
Story from real life : I lost $500 from a scholarship scam. 4. Get organized and maximize your time --
Saving time and effort with scholarships --
Prioritize the scholarships --
Schedule scholarships --
Have a monthly check-in --
Create a library of reusable materials --
Take advantage of your classes --
Think early about recommenders --
Make a checklist for each application --
5. The packaging of you and your personal theme --
Marketing yourself --
Learn why they're giving away the money --
Learn what they're basing their decision on --
Finding your theme and what to do/not to do --
6. Scholarship judge Q & A --
A roundtable with the scholarship judges --
A national scholarship management organization --
An art and writing competition --
A music competition --
An essay-based competition --
A college that awards merit-based scholarships --
A scholarship that values overcoming adversity. 7. Create stunning scholarship applications --
Scholarship applications : your entry ticket --
Create your plan of attack --
General rules for completing the application --
Story from real life : how my support of legalizing marijuana cost me --
The five steps to crafting a winning application --
Step 1 : use a little spin to wow your audience --
Step 2 : stand out from the competition --
Step 3 : list important accomplishments first --
Step 4 : write to impress --
Step 5 : make sure the application fits --
Story from real life : my midnight scholarship application --
Top 10 application do's and don'ts --
Finishing touches --
8. The scholarship resume --
Scholarship resumes : One-page autobiographies --
Example resume --
9. Get the right recommendations --
Getting the praise of others --
Finding people to say nice things about you --
Give your recommender the chance to say "no" --
Don't play the name game --
Do the grunt work for your recommenders --
Give your recommenders a script --
Tie a string around your recommenders' fingers --
The "you can't spell success without U" mug --
Story from real life : follow up or fall down. 10. Secrets to writing winning essays --
The scholarship essay : your ticket to the finals --
Six steps to writing a winning scholarship essay --
Step 1 : find the right topic and approach --
Step 2 : ensure that your topic and approach are original --
Step 3 : it's time to start writing --
Step 4 : perfect your introduction and conclusion --
Step 5 : find essay editors --
Step 6 : recycle your essays --
Story from real life : how I beat writer's block --
Seven sins of the scholarship essay --
Putting what you learned into practice --
Story from real life : essays in no time mean no money --
11. Ace the interviews --
The face-to-face encounter --
Why human interaction is needed --
Interviewers are real people too --
Interview homework --
Use your detective work to create an advantage --
You are not the center of the universe --
Story from real life : the only thing in life that matters is calculus --
Look and sound the part --
The practice interview --
Story from real life : don't hate me because I'm beautiful and faultless --
Answers to the most common interview questions --
Questions for the questioner --
Use time to your advantage --
The long-distance interview --
The group interview --
The disaster interview --
The post-interview --
For more help. 12. Strategies for specific scholarships --
College cash from your hobbies and pastimes --
Awards based on your current or future major --
Scholarships for your future career --
Awards that recognize leadership --
Athletic scholarships --
Athletic organization awards --
Scholarships for public service --
Awards based on ethnic background --
Story from real life : my hobbies paid for college --
Religious scholarships --
Awards for hobbies --
Scholarships from your parents' employers --
Need-based scholarships --
Recurring themes --
13. Guaranteed scholarships --
Do guaranteed scholarships really exist? --
National Merit scholarships --
GPA and exam-based scholarships --
Transfer student awards --
State entitlement awards --
In-state tuition for out-of-state students --
All it takes to win is to apply --
14. Unleash the power of the Internet --
Opening the scholarship vault with the Internet --
Using the Internet to find scholarships --
Zap! Applying for scholarships online --
Our favorite free scholarship Websites --
How to be an Internet private eye --
Be cautious of scams. 15. Financial aid workshop --
Getting the most financial aid you deserve --
The financial aid cornucopia --
Five steps to getting financial aid --
Step 1 : fill out the FAFSA --
Step 2 : review your Student Aid Report --
Step 3 : make the college aware of special circumstances --
Step 4 : compare award letters --
Step 5 : if you need it, ask for a re-evaluation --
Story from real life : I assumed I wouldn't get aid, but I was wrong --
A re-evaluation success story --
Exchanging one kind of money for another --
Declaring independence --
Strategies that can help you get more financial aid --
A quick word about saving for college --
The federal financial aid programs in detail --
Federal Pell Grants --
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants --
Academic Competitiveness Grant --
National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant --
Federal Work-Study --
Student loans --
Stafford Loans --
PLUS Loans for Graduate and Professional Degrees --
PLUS loans --
Consolidation loans --
Federal Perkins Loans --
Getting more help --
16. Free cash for graduate school --
The long and expensive path of graduate school --
Understanding graduate financial aid --
More than money --
It's all about academics --
Applications : Your stats sheet --
Recommendations : getting professorial praise --
Essays : getting personal --
Research grant proposals : application heavies --
Interviews : interaction with a purpose --
Get paid to step into a classroom or lab --
Keep your aid flowing --
Getting more help --
17. How to keep the money you win --
You're there! --
Keeping the dollars that are yours --
Parting words --
A special request --
Appendix A. Winning scholarship essays and applications --
Winning Essay #1 : Bet You Can't --
Winning essay #2 : Public Service --
Winning essay #3 : Cultural Heritage --
Winning essay #4 : Only Two Hands --
Winning essay #5 : The Gift --
Winning essay #6 : Career Plans --
Winning essay #7 : No Child Left Behind : well-intentioned but flawed --
Winning submission #8 : Shawn Smith --
Winning submission #9 : Wilmer Wilson --
Appendix B. 150 Scholarships (almost) anyone can win --
About the authors.
Responsibility: Gen and Kelly Tanabe.
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