9780060937652

How to Go to College Almost for Free : The Secrets of Winning Scholarship Money

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    9780060937652

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    0060937653

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/15/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

The ultimate scholarship toolbox with four essential scholarship resources--an aggressive "how-to" guide that teaches the techniques of top scholarship winners, a directory of scholarship prizes, and a library of winning essays, applications, support letters and other sample materials.

Table of Contents

``The Game'' xvii
Let the Games Begin! 1(22)
Part I: How the Game Is Played
The Big, Bad World of Financial Aid
23(36)
Exploding Seven Scholarship Myths
24(6)
Demystifying the Lingo
30(3)
Need Versus Merit
33(11)
Other Forms of Financial Aid
44(11)
The Importance of Merit-Based Awards
55(1)
Summary and Keywords
56(3)
Rules of the Merit Money Game
59(32)
A Game for Everyone
60(7)
The Scholarship Funders
67(5)
The Scholarship Administrators
72(1)
Application Judges
73(1)
Targeted Scholarship Awards
74(5)
Scholarship Application Components
79(5)
Steer Clear of (Most) Entry Fees
84(1)
Spending Your Merit Scholarships
85(2)
Summary and Keywords
87(4)
What Parents Can Do to Help
91(16)
Seven Ways Parents Can Help
92(1)
Helping with Scholarship Searching
93(2)
Strategizing with Your Kids
95(1)
Providing Research Assistance
96(1)
Keeping Things Organized
97(1)
Being a Good Sounding Board
97(1)
Reviewing the Application
98(2)
Giving Support and Encouragement
100(3)
Summary and Keywords
103(4)
Part II: Getting Ready to Play
Finding Your Own Pot of Gold
107(68)
The Scholarship Rainbow
108(1)
Five Principles of Scholarship Searching
108(6)
Ten ``Show Me the Money'' Action Steps
114(1)
Assemble Your Scholarship Search Tools
115(1)
Tap Into Your School's Resources
116(3)
Search Scholarship Databases
119(29)
Politely Raid Other Schools' Resources
148(1)
Canvas Your Community
149(3)
Seek Out Government Sources
152(2)
Pursue All Personal and Family Affiliations
154(2)
Apply Effective Internet Search Techniques
156(5)
Uncover School-Specific Awards
161(4)
Seek Out Related Organizations
165(4)
Summary and Keywords
169(6)
Part III: Strategies That Give You the Edge
Painting Your Own Portrait
175(22)
Knowing the Person
176(1)
The Painter's Touch
177(4)
Employing Your Theme
181(4)
Nine Winning Themes
185(10)
Finding Your Theme
195(1)
Summary and Keywords
195(2)
Positioning Strategies
197(20)
Scoring Points
198(7)
Considering Your Competitors
205(2)
Ten Universal Judging Criteria
207(8)
Summary and Keywords
215(2)
Content Strategies
217(20)
Scholarship Bodybuilding
218(1)
Analyzing Depth and Width
219(1)
The Essential Content Strategies
220(8)
All About Academics
228(5)
Summary and Keywords
233(4)
Part IV: When the Whistle Blows
A Winning Game Plan
237(16)
Eight Principles of Effective Scholarship Campaigns
238(13)
Summary and Keywords
251(2)
Essay Excellence
253(32)
Five Principles of Winning Essays
254(7)
Spanning Topics and Recycling Essays
261(5)
Finding Your Own Voice
266(4)
Getting in the Flow
270(3)
Honing Your Essay
273(5)
Advice for Specific Topics
278(3)
Short Answer Questions
281(2)
Summary and Keywords
283(2)
Glowing Recommendation Letters
285(20)
In Search of Perfect Recommendations
286(1)
Star Witnesses
287(1)
Five ``Great Recommendation'' Action Steps
287(12)
Qualities of a Great Letter
299(4)
Summary and Keywords
303(2)
Filling in the Blanks
305(18)
Paperwork Prowess
306(4)
The Stat Sheet
310(1)
Activity Lists
311(3)
Awards and Honors Lists
314(1)
The Transcript
315(4)
Additional Materials
319(1)
Mailing Your Application
320(1)
Summary and Keywords
321(2)
Acing the Interview
323(20)
Interview Mastery
324(1)
Preparing For the Interview
324(8)
The Big Day
332(2)
The Main Event
334(4)
Summary and Keywords
338(5)
Part V: When the Buzzer Sounds
Parting Shots
343(24)
The Home Stretch
344(1)
Keeping Track of Your Winnings
344(5)
Using Testing to Slash College Costs
349(4)
What We've Learned
353(2)
The Appendices
Appendix A: Scholarship Coach Search Profile Worksheet
355(2)
Appendix B: State Agency Contacts
357(6)
Appendix C: ScholarshipCoach.com Keyword Master List
363(4)
Index: 367

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