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How to create your own personalized scholarship search tool

The RSS feed we have installed on SOS College may be nice, but what if you want to get notifications about scholarships from multiple sites? What if you only want to know about scholarships tailored to your specific interests and needs?

Scholarship alerts

Rest assured, there is a free and easy-to-use tool that can help you. It’s called Google Alerts, and it’s about to become your next best friend. Head over to www.Google.com/alerts and try to think of specific search terms you would enter into Google if you wanted information about particular types of scholarships. Start entering them into the interface, adding an alert for each search, as shown in the box above.

What you’ll get in your email inbox every day is a list of Web pages, news items, and other digital notes from around the Web that Google has found which match your search terms. If Google can’t find anything, it won’t send you an email that day.

Again, one cautionary recommendation – use your most specific, narrow searches with this service, the ones that will return only a few results. If your search is too broad, you’ll end up with gigantic emails every day that will take forever to read.

Read All About It

Email isn’t the only way to get scholarship information delivered to you every day. Imagine for a moment that there was a scholarships column in every newspaper in America. It would take you forever to clip out that column from each paper and put them all in a scrapbook, not to mention the tremendous expense of buying all those papers each day. That’s kind of what it’s like to try keeping up with all the news and blogs about scholarships all over the Web.

Happily, services like Google Reader do all the clipping and scrapbooking for you, delivering them in one easy to read window, like your own personal newspaper delivered daily, for free. Here’s how to start “digitally scrapbooking” scholarship information.

Go to Google News (http://news.google.com) and enter one of your scholarship searches there. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and you’ll find a series of links, including one for Google Reader. Click on it.

You’ll be asked in Google Reader if you want to subscribe to that news feed. Click the subscribe button.

Once subscribed, every time there’s a news story about that scholarship term, you’ll get articles about it that you can read, review, and determine if it’s relevant to your scholarship search or not.

Search for all your other major scholarship searches and add them to Google Reader as well, and you will have your very own scholarships newspaper, delivered to your digital doorstep whenever you want to read it.

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AIE Scholarship Search

Adventures in Education offers an amazing, free scholarship search for all prospective college students. They have a very simple quick-search feature that allows users to easily sift through the over 15,000 scholarships in their data base. They even have a list of frequently used keywords that can narrow down your search for the perfect scholarship(s). If you have a bunch of time on your hands, you can also check out the entire scholarship list – just to be thorough.

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Xerox Technical Scholarship

Xerox offers a technical scholarship for underrepresented and underserved populations of college students pursuing a degree in a technical science or engineering. If you love technology then head over to the site to apply and have a chance at scholarships ranging from $1,000-$10,000. They even have sample resumes and cover letters to get you started.

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State Farm Scholarship Fund

State Farm, via their Hispanic Scholarship Fund, provides $2,500 scholarships to 25 Hispanic college students who are pursuing a teaching career. Application info can be obtained from:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
55 Second Street, Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
1-877-HSF-INFO (1-877-473-4636)

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Student Aid on the Web

This site is a government run scholarship search engine…just type in what you are interested in, and see what comes up!

(Example, if you type in “engineering” you will get a list of scholarships related to studying engineering in school.)

Deadlines vary by program.

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Coca-Cola Scholars Program

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program offers seniors in high school the chance to receive $10,000-20,000 for a college of their choice. The application period is between August 1-October 31. They award 250 scholarships annually.

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ACT – Featured Scholarships

This site hosted by the ACT website, has a variety of featured scholarships.

Includes The Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Programs, American Dream Scholarship, Community College Transfer Scholarship , as well as others.

Deadlines for programs vary.

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College Scholarships

College Scholarships

Browse for scholarships by subject, state, student type, involvement in athletics, or status within an under-represented population. No login or profile is required, so you can start finding scholarships right away.

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UNCF – Scholarship Programs

The UNCF has compiled a list of about 40 scholarships for all prospective college students, with an emphasis on those for underrepresented populations. The requirements for each scholarship, as well as deadlines and background information are easily viewed by clicking on the link to each application.

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NACAC – Financial Aid and Scholarship List

This site provides a comprehensive list of both financial aid and scholarship opportunities from a variety of locations.

Includes both federal and private student aid.

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