Scholarships are for many the only way they are going to be able to afford to go to the college or university of their choice. But is there really such a thing as easy scholarships? There are plenty of people who will tell you that there are, the problem is that that really is not true.
Finding Easy Scholarships
Google the term easy scholarships and you will be presented with dozens of results. Take a second look at that Google search though. Many of those results are sponsored listings and have been placed by people with one thing in mind – getting their hands on the hard earned money of people who are so desperate for help with paying for college that they would be willing to pay for information that will supposedly lead them straight to lots of easy college scholarships, just by handing over their credit cards and filling in a short form.
If it were all that easy no one would ever need to take out student loans though would they? Such offers are almost always out and out scams. There are more scholarship opportunities out there than you might imagine and they have lots of different criteria for eligibility (did you know that there is a scholarship for vegetarians?) but all of them can be found with some diligent internet searching. There is never a need to pay anyone for that kind of information.
Some Scholarships are Easier to Get than Others
Although it is true that there really is no such thing as easy scholarship money, some of the scholarship opportunities out there are easier to apply for and obtain than others. Some scholarships are only open to those of a certain sex, race of religious persuasion. Certainly all of them have very different criteria. The one thing that almost all of them have in common though is that a student’s academic performance must be good (even sports scholarships have that requirement)
Where Should I Start Looking for Scholarships?
Amongst all the bad websites there are fortunately a number of very good ones that can be of a great deal of real help to the student who is looking for “easy scholarships” or indeed scholarships of any kind.
collegescholarships.org has a very comprehensive listing of scholarships of all different kinds that are available to those in a number of different fields of study and interest. Not all of the contact information you will need is there for all of the listed opportunities and you may have to do a little more research to get that but this is a site that is a great place to start (and yes its free)
If you have a particular school in mind that you want to attend usually the admissions office has lots of information available about scholarship opportunities as well.
They may not volunteer that information at first though so do not forget to ask when you are discussing other aspects of your possible admission.
In conclusion, while there really are no easy scholarships a student should always take the time to research what is out there and available to them. You never know what you might find.