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Whether your student is your first college-bound student or your third, you know that each of your children has different needs, dreams and aspirations for their college experience and career. 

We understand that each individual student is unique. They may be high achievers, home schooled kids, those with average grades but diverse interests, scholarship athletes or students aiming for a musical or artistic career. We create the roadmap that will guide you and your student through high school courses and activities, community involvements, ACT/SAT prep, college visits, applications and essays.



How Parents and Students Can Find College Scholarships










Teamwork could result in more money for college. Looking for college scholarships can be confusing and overwhelming. And with college costs on the rise, the competition can be stiff. That's probably why so many families stick to filling out the FAFSA, completing a college's scholarship application, and then calling it a day.

Yet, there are scholarships out there if parents and students know where to look. Here are some places you may not have considered.

​Next to choosing an affordable, in-state school, scholarships have made the biggest difference in our effort to put many students  through college without student loans. The scholarship area is one where parents and students can work together for maximum gain.

Scouting out scholarships is something parents can do to help their overwhelmed or time-crunched students, who will then need to pick it up from there and complete the applications. Here are some of the options I discovered while researching scholarships.

1. Work: As a parent, ask your employer if they offer college scholarships for the children of employees. Many do, especially if it is a large organization. If not, ask if your employer would consider starting one. It may be something they hadn't considered before.

2. School networks: Think about the high school your child is leaving and find out if they offer any scholarship opportunities for their graduating students. And while your child is probably already planning to fill out the scholarship applications for the college he or she will be attending, check with the alumni organization in your area and see if it offers scholarships. Some will, and if there aren't a lot of students from your area attending that particular college, the applicant pool may be low.

3. Community organizations: Local credit unions give away several $500 scholarships each year to students who are members with the credit union and are graduating seniors.The amount isn't large, but the competition is low, and that's $500 that can pay for books, a plane ticket home, or some living expenses.

4. Religious organizations:  Most religious organizations and affiliations will have the same type of options. Start by contacting your church or by searching the Internet for scholarships that come from religious organizations. And if you're a member of organizations like these as a parent, ask around. [Learn more about finding scholarships through a religious organization.] 



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