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How to Find Scholarships That You’re Actually Qualified For

Time-consuming and daunting— two words that can adequately describe student’s views toward finding scholarships. They can be difficult to track down and the deadlines can be stressful, making hunting for scholarships intimidating, especially on your own.

On the Point Loma Nazarene University website, students can use the “Student Financial Services Scholarship Finder,” to find tips and resources at scholarships.pointloma.edu.

To find the list of scholarships, click on the tab, “Scholarship Finder” and a list will appear with the scholarship name, award amount and the deadline to submit. You can also enter a keyword in the search bar to locate a specific deadline, amount or scholarship name.

Scholarship deadlines range from now until December 31, 2019, leaving students plenty of time to complete their applications.

Here are some tips from the PLNU Scholarship Finder website:

1. Beware of scholarship scams – you should never be asked to pay money in order to apply for a scholarship. If you are asked to pay, it is probably a scam.

2. Apply for scholarships unique to you – begin searching for the scholarships that are unique to your major, ethnicity, family background, location, etc.

3. Start searching for scholarships locally – research groups and organizations within your community. National scholarships draw thousands of applicants, so you will have better luck finding scholarships in your area.

4. Inquire about scholarships – Some companies have money for scholarships but do not do a good job of letting students know. If you think a company may have scholarships available, feel free to write them a scholarship inquiry letter.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact sfs@pointloma.edu, or stop by the Office of Financial Aid in Draper Hall, Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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Hannah Preston

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