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Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.

When it comes to parenting, you have the knowledge of your own childhood to draw upon. However, try as you might, it is unlikely that today's children will think the same, act the same, and face the same challenges as you.

In these circumstances, a little dose of commonsense advice can help
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Scholarship Searches

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There are many places to search for scholarships. The best place to start is in your high school’s guidance office since that is where most schools post local scholarships. While local scholarships may not be as large as ones from larger organizations, your chances of being awarded a scholarship are greater because local scholarships tend to have fewer applicants than national ones.

Second, check around with well established companies to see if they offer scholarships. Be sure tocheck out soft drink companies and grocery store chains.

Third, there are many websites that act as search engines for scholarships. Many will even tailor scholarship searches to the individual in order to limit the amount of sifting students have to do. For example, www.scholarships.com is a free online service that uses a variety of questions about grades, interests, and activities to find the scholarships that best match the student.

Be wary of scams, however. Not all scholarships are what they seem. Some warning signs to watch out for:

  • You have to pay money to apply
  • A guarantee that you will win
  • An offer that sounds too good to be true
  • Typing/spelling errors in the application, brochure, or website
  • Anyone is eligible. Most legitimate scholarships have some criteria that applicants must meet
  • An organization will apply for scholarships on your behalf

  • The organization does not offer a telephone contact number
  • Offered by a newly formed company. Most legitimate scholarships come from well-established organizations
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