Thanks to Fastweb.com and similar websites students now have access to a huge number of scholarships. Billions of dollars in free financial aid is now easily accessible via the internet. These Free Money sites are similar to job sites in the way they simply list out all those opportunities that fit your parameters. It can be easy to get carried away simply clicking on scholarship opportunities that you then forget what you've done. Let's face it, after reading through 50 links over the course of an hour, they all start to look the same anyway. If you go through 50 links everyday for a week there is no chance you'll remember the first link you looked at after lunch on Tuesday. Living in the information age is a great boon for students. But, if you don't know how to organize all that info you might wind up drowning in it.
With so much information at our fingertips it becomes even more important to keep track of everything. Trust me, as I have learned the hard way, being organized will pay off in the long run. There are a number of good reasons to keep track of the Free Money you have applied for. First off, you don't want to waste time doubling up your efforts by applying for the same scholarship 3 times. Many of these applications also need an essay. If you are organized you will be able to keep track of these essays and you'll find that certain essays are a fit for a number of Free Money applications. The students who are winning multiple scholarships typically do so with just one or two very well-written essays.
In order to make things easier on yourself it helps to build a simple spreadsheet when you begin. On that spreadsheet you'll want to list out all the info pertinent to each Free Money opportunity. The Company or Organization, the due date, amount of award, application requirements. Do that for every single opportunity before you apply for anything. At the end of a period of time, organizes that spreadsheet. What you'll discover is that many of these applications require the exact same information and have similar essay questions. Taking a day to fill out all the applications rather than doing them one at a time will save you time and energy in the long run.
by: Dan Russell
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