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Preparing for college can seem like pushing Jell-O uphill. Tuition, room and board, books, necessities for your dorm room- the list can go on and on, and truly, it never ends. Coming from someone who has already gone through the college process, you want to do everything you possibly can to knock down the cost of getting a higher education. The best advice I received when applying for college was to apply for as many scholarships and grants as possible.

Here are a few tips for finding and applying for the right scholarship:

  • School Counselors. Your counselor will have a lot of information on scholarships, not only within your community, but for Wisconsin and beyond, that could be perfect for you. Make sure to reach out to them to learn everything you can about the scholarships available to you.
  • Google. Searching the web is your best resource, especially with dedicated websites like scholarships.com or fastweb.com. You will be amazed at the scholarships that you can find out there. The unique characteristics that make you who you are can help score you a scholarship!
  • Volunteer. Volunteering in your community is a great way to stand out when applying for scholarships, and even for college. Make sure to get involved in school activities or organizations you are passionate about within your community.
  • Recommendations. Many scholarships will require written recommendations from teachers, counselors or people you have worked with. Reach out to those people to see if they are willing to write you a recommendation fitting to the scholarship.
  • Don’t overlook. You can get a scholarship for something as random as having red hair, wanting to become a construction worker or even having a pet. The scholarships opportunities are endless. Don’t pass by something that could be perfect for you!

Educators Credit Union is passionately dedicated to the importance of education. We have multiple resources to help you learn how to financially plan for your future and even have scholarships for graduating high school seniors heading off to college.

For the past five years, Educators has been granting high school seniors financial scholarships based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, and their demonstration of one or more of Educators core values: honesty, integrity, fairness, respect and excellence. This year, we will award $50,000 in scholarship money to qualifying students headed off to college. For more information on eligibility and requirements, head over to ecu.com.

Do you have any tips for saving for college or applying for scholarships? Comment below and let us know!