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How To Keep Your College Scholarship Search Organized

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Searching and applying for college scholarships is a lot of hard work. It is imperative that you keep your information for each scholarship you have applied for organized.
Difficulty: Easy
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Here's How:

  1. Purchase an accordion file holder. This will give you the best bang for your buck when it comes to simple file systems. It is portable, has a lot of compartments and it’s hard to lose any papers out of it.

  2. Mark the first tab: Scholarships to Research. This is where you put scholarship information that you have not fully read, which peaked your interest and you’ll decided on later.

  3. Mark the second tab: Applications in Process. This is where you put scholarship applications and essays that you are working on.

  4. Mark the third tab: Scholarships Sent. This is where you keep a record of the scholarships that you have sent out. In this record for each scholarship you’ll need to keep a copy of everything sent, date sent and where it was sent. This is in case it gets lost and you need to send another copy.

  5. Mark the fourth tab: Scholarships Awarded. This is where you keep a copy of all scholarships that you have gotten. Here you should keep a copy of the application and letter of award.

  6. Mark the fifth tab: Scholarships Rejected. Keep a copy of the application and the letter of rejection. If it is a yearly scholarship, put it in the next tab.

  7. Mark the fifth tab: Miscellaneous/Future Scholarships. You can learn a lot while searching and applying for scholarships. If you find something interesting that you may want to use later like future information for graduate school scholarships, file it here.

Tips:

  1. Many accordion file folders have lots of tabs. To get the most out of this system, separate the entire file folder into five sections – don’t just use the first five tabs.

  2. With homework, sports and other activities, teens can be very busy. You can help your too-busy-teen by employing this system for them and keeping it up-to-date.

  3. Do you expect to pay for your teen's college degree?

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