Thursday, May 23, 2013

Help, I Need a Scholarship!

What is a Scholarship?
Scholarships are FREE money used for tuition, fees, and living expenses. Scholarships are money that does not have to be repaid. Scholarships are available for almost every type of post-secondary study including vocational, technical, community college, college and university, and also for graduate studies. Scholarships also come in the form of grants, work study, internships, allowances, graduate assistantships, and fellowships. The problem is that most students fail to properly organize the materials necessary to apply for these scholarships.
Create an account on www.Edudaris.com and join the FREE Five Step Mini Course for High School or College Students, which are instructional e-courses to assist you to organize everything needed to successfully apply to college and for scholarships!

The secret behind June McBride’s success is the organizational method and portfolio plan. These tools help students easily put together the necessary materials quickly and efficiently so the applications can be completed. Path to Scholarships® teaches a simple organizational portfolio method that includes reproducible worksheets and directional guides. This practical workbook is easy to read. It is written precisely and to the point so anyone can follow the directions easily.
Now students have the opportunity to organize a Path to Scholarships® online e-portfolio on www.Edudaris.com at no charge! Path to Scholarships® Career, College, and Scholarships Planning e-Portfolio has been developed for you as an easy to follow e-course.
Path to Scholarships® is NOT just about information, facts, and scholarships. It is the vehicle that motivates and inspires students to dream great dreams and to plan and prepare for college and scholarships. It is a career, college, and scholarship planning guide that empowers students with checklists, planning forms, and organizational tools that assist students to reach their dream of college.
Free Resources, Tools, and Support for College and Scholarships on www.Edudaris.com
Be matched to scholarships and learn how to successfully apply to college and for scholarships with the FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini Courses for High School and College Students. 

Edudaris® Works in Three Easy Steps
  1. Create a FREE account on www.Edudaris.com.
  2. Update your profile to 100% to automatically be matched to as many OFFERS, as possible, which include scholarships!
  3. Join a FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini COURSE to learn how to apply successfully to college and for scholarships.
Call Customer Service (407) 406-4180, (407) 462-7659, or (407) 877-9630 for information. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Challenges of Writing the College and Scholarship Essay



One of the many challenges students face in winning scholarships is often times students do not know where to begin when it comes to writing the scholarship essay. They stare at a blank screen on their computer and are paralyzed when it comes to putting their thoughts on paper. Many students need assistance to guide them through the process. Edudaris offers this opportunity for free in an online platform. Students are guided step by step with a résumé and essay builder, worksheets, videos, and tips on how to actually win scholarships. Whether students are working on the scholarship process through the free online Path to Scholarships® course on Edudaris® offered as a class, or as a self-paced, independent course all students benefit immensely, because by joining Edudaris®, they are never alone.


Click here for Tips to Writing the Winning College and Scholarship Essay.


The reality is most students will not win ALL the scholarships for which they apply. Most students pay for college with a combination of grants, loans, scholarships, and by working. However, the more scholarships students win, the less they will have to borrow to pay for their college and living expenses. Students who choose to use student loans to assist them pay for their college education, should first pursue federal student loans through FAFSA.
Free Resources, Tools, and Support for College and Scholarships on www.Edudaris.com
Be matched to scholarships and learn how to successfully apply to college and for scholarships with the FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini Courses for High School and College Students. 

Edudaris® Works in Three Easy Steps
  1. Create a FREE account on www.Edudaris.com.
  2. Update your profile to 100% to automatically be matched to as many OFFERS, as possible, which include scholarships!
  3. Join a FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini COURSE to learn how to apply successfully to college and for scholarships.
Call Customer Service (407) 406-4180, (407) 462-7659, or (407) 877-9630 for information. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Financial Aid

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school. We are proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.


http://studentaid.ed.gov Read about the types of financial aid available from the government and other sources: grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Learn how to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), how aid is calculated, and how you’ll get your aid.
Free Resources, Tools, and Support for College and Scholarships on www.Edudaris.com
Be matched to scholarships and learn how to successfully apply to college and for scholarships with the FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini Courses for High School and College Students. 

Edudaris® Works in Three Easy Steps
  1. Create a FREE account on www.Edudaris.com.
  2. Update your profile to 100% to automatically be matched to as many OFFERS, as possible, which include scholarships!
  3. Join a FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini COURSE to learn how to apply successfully to college and for scholarships.
Call Customer Service (407) 406-4180, (407) 462-7659, or (407) 877-9630 for information. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What Can I Do to Minimize My Student Loan Debt?


As a financial aid administrator, I often get many questions from students and parents about how to qualify for financial aid, or what they can do to get more financial aid. Rarely do I get the question of how they can graduate from college with the minimum amount of debt. Just recently, this was the topic of a meeting I had with a current college freshman.
Considering that in June 2010, student loan debt outpaced credit card debt and is now over a trillion dollars, this question should not surprise me as it continues to concern students enrolled in college. So what exactly can students do to minimize their student loan debt? The answer is quite simple; focus your energy on winning scholarships. The how-to is much more difficult to achieve, but it does not have to be.
In my experience, many students spend a large portion of their time searching for scholarships and a lesser amount of time preparing to become a competitive applicant. Students need to invest more time into writing an excellent essay in which they tell their story and include not only their academic goals, but also their life purpose. They should also include in their essay their family background while maintaining focus on themselves, their most difficult obstacle and more importantly how they overcame it, what character qualities they learned, their experiences serving others in the community, and finally why they need a scholarship.
Gerardo Ochoa, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Linfield College, Portland, Oregon
Free Resources, Tools, and Support for College and Scholarships on www.Edudaris.com
Be matched to scholarships and learn how to successfully apply to college and for scholarships with the FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini Courses for High School and College Students. 

Edudaris® Works in Three Easy Steps
  1. Create a FREE account on www.Edudaris.com.
  2. Update your profile to 100% to automatically be matched to as many OFFERS, as possible, which include scholarships!
  3. Join a FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini COURSE to learn how to apply successfully to college and for scholarships.
Call Customer Service (407) 406-4180, (407) 462-7659, or (407) 877-9630 for information. 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tips to Writing a Winning College and Scholarship Essay!



You want me to write a scholarship essay? No way!
This is the reaction of many students when they are asked to write a scholarship essay. It does not have to be as scary as it seems because many of the scholarship essays ask some of the very same basic questions. The following tips and basic questions will assist you to write an essay that can be tweaked and used many times to complete the essay requirement for scholarship applications.






Introduction
  • It must stand out catching the attention and interest of the reader.
  • Do not be afraid to be personal because this essay is your story, not a glorified résumé.
  • Include adjectives and at least two of the five senses with specific details and descriptions.
  • Never start the essay with, “Hello my name is ___________.”
Family
  • Describe your family being very specific: ethnic background, country origins, gender, number of siblings, parent(s) educational background.
  • Include any special circumstances such as: single parent home, illness, death, disability of a family member.
Obstacle 
  • Choose only one of your most challenging obstacles.
  • Describe the obstacle and the character lessons learned from this obstacle.
  • How has this obstacle has made you a stronger, better person and more determined in direction, purpose, and plan for your life.
  • How will this obstacle help you to become the successful person you want to become in the future.
Community Service
  • Choose two or three community service activities to describe. This is not just a list.
  • What was your commitment? What was your leadership role?
  • How did you make a difference?
  • Relate a personal experience or story.
  • Your community service should match your life interest and career goals.
Life Purpose
  • How can you serve and make a difference in the lives of others through your life interest and career goals?
  • How and where will you prepare for your life calling, interest, and vocation?
Conclusion
  • Why do you need the scholarship?
  • Describe in detail any special circumstances.
  • The last sentence should be a clincher, a strong statement showing determination and strength.
Follow the writing process: pre-write, rough draft, revise, edit, and re-write.
Check spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation carefully.
Have someone else review, evaluate, and edit your essay.

Free Resources, Tools, and Support for College and Scholarships on www.Edudaris.com
Be matched to scholarships and learn how to successfully apply to college and for scholarships with the FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini Courses for High School and College Students. 

Edudaris® Works in Three Easy Steps
  1. Create a FREE account on www.Edudaris.com.
  2. Update your profile to 100% to automatically be matched to as many OFFERS, as possible, which include scholarships!
  3. Join a FREE Path to Scholarships® Five-Step Mini COURSE to learn how to apply successfully to college and for scholarships.
Call Customer Service (407) 406-4180, (407) 462-7659, or (407) 877-9630 for information.