Scholarships are essential for getting through college debt free, but sometimes people don’t know where to start. It is important to know what your strengths are before you start applying because there are scholarships better suited for certain people. There are all types of scholarships for all types of people. The best ones to apply for can be split up into three categories. The first would be the super quick and easy scholarships. Websites like Niche.com are known for having fast “no essay” scholarships. All they require is your name and email, but everyone applies for those so the chances of winning are slim. On the bright side they pick winners pretty often and it doesn’t take long to apply, so it couldn’t hurt to try.
There are also a bunch of quick scholarships where they just ask you for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Sometimes they include small fluff essays but they shouldn’t take too long and you could reuse them. Another category of scholarships that you should always be on the look out for is admission scholarships and bright futures/state funded scholarships. Most public state colleges have admissions scholarships that you can get just by having a high SAT/ACT score and a high GPA. Obviously the school will only give it to you if you get in and attend that school. When applying to colleges it may be beneficial to check out the scholarship requirements to see where you fit in the best. Bright futures and other state scholarships are relatively simple scholarships to get as long as you have high test scores and GPA. Tons of people miss out on these purely because of the service hour requirement which is a ridiculous reason. Working a minimum wage job for the number of service hours needed to get bright futures will probably get you about 600-700 dollars compared to the thousands you could get in free tuition.
There are also a bunch of specific scholarships that go unclaimed every year. I’ve heard of scholarships for tall people, afros, and weird talents. Many cities also have scholarships you could apply for but they typically require lots of service hours. Many minority and religious associations have scholarships for people of their race or belief, so those are always an option if you belong to some minority/religion. Community service is always a popular type of scholarship requirement. One of the best tips I could give for applying to scholarships is just to apply for everything because you never know what you might win. There’s thousands of dollars in scholarships that go unclaimed every year. Even if the scholarship is $20 apply for it because that money adds up, and make sure to reuse essays when you can to save time.