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Find a career that pays you for being you

Below is a quick “to-do” list for you as you continue your search for scholarships. Check out my post to gain access to a lot of scholarship websites and search engines available. I’m asked a lot of these same questions from a lot of people, so here’s a list of information most people wonder about.

Please come back or comment with other thoughts and ideas. I love sharing!

Estimate your financial contributions

SACRIFICE…parents and students…take some time to truly estimate what you can afford

Financial obligations from the student- It’s up to you now to make a contribution

Work a part time job, take out student loans, etc.

TIP:  You CANNOT nor SHOULD YOU go bankrupt for an education!



Resources to find out about scholarships:

Websites                             Internet

Books                                    TV/Radio

Guidance offices                Colleges                                              

Proper Preparation makes a Productive Person

Start the search now and on your own.  Do NOT rely on others

Don’t burn your bridges with anyone. You may need them.

Know your allies, character references are always good, and asked for by scholarship committees

Prepare an essay and practice application…can YOU read your own handwriting?


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Brag about yourself!

Even if it was running the sound board for church choir or keeper of the left-handed shovel

Don’t forget any type of involvement you have

Highlight positive aspects about your life & employment

Local scholarships sometimes the best!

Watch for the “OOPSIES”:

  1. Spellcheck, then proofread, then spellcheck some more
  2. Give it to someone else to proof
  3. Put it down for couple days, then go back to it
  4. Emails:
  5. Social Networking sites- what can they see?

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines: keep track of these!

Turn in the right stuff at the right time  and go for all of them!


Money saving tips


Apply for Scholarships and Colleges EARLY!

Apply to at least  3 or 4 affordable schools!

Apply to at least a couple of generous schools!


 The odd and unusual…                 some examples of scholarships available

Duct Brand Tape at Prom Contest Scholarship: $2,500

Left-Handed Scholarships

Tall Clubs International Scholarship

The Chick/Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling:$1,500

The Scholar-Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year

Students for Organ Donation Scholarship: $500-$1,000 

Again this is a simple “to-do” list for yourself to consider when looking and applying for scholarships. But please come back to find more information on scholarships STILL available at this time of year. Join me here and sign up for email posts.

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My success is your success,

Keith Lipke

Keith Lipke is a careers and college recruiter, coach, mentor and blogger at The Hope Chest. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college