Tips on winning a scholarship

Three award winners and two grant experts offer advice for improving the chances of nabbing more tuition help.

Reuse your admission essay
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Ben Kaplan, Harvard graduate, author of How to Go to College Almost for Free, and founder of
Winner of $90,000 worth of private scholarships

His advice: Make the scholarship process part of the college application process, since college admission essays can be reused for scholarship applications. It is a learning opportunity. You are learning how to present and promote yourself. That's worthwhile.

Check out the websites and counselors of the high schools near you for scholarships that aren't nationally publicized, and so are likely to have less competition. I did that, and ended up winning several scholarships that no one else at my high school knew about.

I don't usually recommend entering sweepstakes scholarships with random drawings. Those are all about acquiring your name for marketing purposes.

  @Money - Last updated October 04 2013 05:46 PM ET
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