Using the Internet to Find Appropriate Scholarship Awards
I am the father of two sons, both of whom are in college. My unfortunate experience has been that my kids are not interested in looking for scholarships because, as they put it, looking for money to pay their tuition is my burden, not theirs. If you have kids that feel the same, this post is for you.
The two most effective internet tools for finding scholarships are Google and Twitter.
In my opinion, Google is the most powerful search engine and Twitter is the most widely used social media platform. Combine the powers of those two tools and you, my fellow parent, become unstoppable. Using these two tools is fairly simple and to the point. The most difficult part of this process is not knowing how to use it.
Google has a few very nice features:
- It is free
- You can reword a search and use as many characters as you need to
- You don’t need an account
- It comes with a few apps you can access on the search engine page
Remember, the more specific the search item, the more specific your results will be. The more specific your results, the higher the chances of your getting that award.
Instead of typing in “scholarships for the graduating class of 2022,” type in “scholarships for the graduating class of 22 premed major.” Now compare the two results. Which list gives you the more customized results?
Let’s use another example:
- Type into the Google search field “scholarships for minorities”
- Open a new tab and type “scholarships for minorities of Caribbean descent”
- Compare the two results
Which list is more custom-made for you?
If you perform the same experiment for Google on the Twitter platform, the results may be the same. However, you will notice with both tools, the more specific the search the better the results will be.
In other words, customize the search according to what you know about yourself and you will not be disappointed. Now, use a trait you know about yourself and perform the same experiment.
Exciting isn’t it?
Scholars Fund has a list of questions that help to customize your search for tuition funds that do not include loans.
- Ask for this list by sending an inquiry to email@example.com
Now the fun begins, fellow parents. Take a few character traits you know of your children and play with the Google and Twitter tools and see how much money you can acquire to pay their tuition. Do you see why we encourage the mantra “Any student can get a full ride?”
We have another question.
Would you rather help the student find money or pay the tuition debt for the rest of their lives?
Sometimes having an internet savvy person do a search for you can be time saving. We have such a person on our team by the name of Casey Matthews.
He is a wiz kid at finding any type of information, especially with non-loan tuition information.
- Contact him at com.
You will not be disappointed.
Twitter is probably the most famous social media tool on the internet right now. I would like to think one of our most famous presidents used it to do all types of questionable things. In one hundred and forty characters, a scholarship seeker can locate and acquire the number of awards needed to fund an entire higher education endeavor.
Here are some fun facts about Twitter:
- You don’t need an account to find funds
- The more specific you are about your inquiry, the better the results
- You can customize your search, thereby narrowing your results and increasing your award total
- You can use Twitter to quickly find other means of financing your education without using the malicious loans. All-in-all, it is a wonderful, free, and powerful tool at your disposal anytime you need it.
We would like to suggest the following examination:
- Go to Twitter and type “scholarships for graduating class of 2021”
- Note the results
- Now go back and type “scholarships for minorities affected by COVD-19”
You will find that the results of the two searches are very different. The first search returned a large variety of items you may not even want to use. The second search gave you information that is usable.
The saying goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.”
Here at Scholars Fund, we say, “Vagueness in, vagueness out. Specificity in, specificity out.” Remember with greater specificity comes a greater amount of usable results which brings a higher amount of awards.
You can also use Google Alerts.
This is the only search function that I know of that finds the information and sends it to your email address. Did we mention it is free?
- Go to www.Googlealerts.com
- You will be asked to place your search words in the search field.
- You will be asked to enter the email address you want the information sent to
- You will be asked to enter your username and password to your email address.
- For most people, releasing that information creates discomfort. Ultimately, getting information to your inbox using this method is completely up to you.
At Scholars Fund, we speak from personal experience when we say that Google Alerts is an impressive search tool.
There will be a number of other items you can request. However, the above information is essentially all you need to start your search.
Once you’ve entered all the information needed, go to the bottom of the page and click submit or enter.