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A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Scholarships for College Students

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Applying for scholarships can seem overwhelming, but with a little guidance and research, you can find scholarships you qualify for. Whether you are a current college student or an incoming freshman, this guide will help you explore all of your options when it comes to finding scholarships. 

Start with Your Guidance Counselor 

One of the best places to start looking for scholarships is at your local guidance counselor’s office or financial aid office. They usually have a list of scholarship opportunities that they can give you access to. You should also ask if they have any tips or advice on finding scholarships in your area. Additionally, your counselors can connect you with alumni who may have connections with certain colleges or universities that offer scholarships. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – they want to help! 

U.S. Department of Labor's Free Scholarship Search Tool 

The U.S. Department of Labor has created a free scholarship search tool that identifies more than 7,000 grants and scholarship programs provided by federal agencies, states, private organizations, and educational institutions across the nation. The best part? You can filter your search results based on eligibility criteria such as academic achievement, gender, religion, military status, and more! This is an excellent starting point for anyone looking for financial aid.        

Find Local Opportunities 

In addition to searching at the national level for scholarships, don’t forget about local organizations! For example, if you live in Arkansas, there are several foundations offering various grants and scholarship opportunities - such as The Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship or the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund. These organizations provide information about their specific requirements and eligibility criteria so make sure to do your research before applying!  

Finding scholarships can seem intimidating but with some research and guidance, you can find the best scholarships to apply for. Don’t forget to check out Champion Christian College and contact our financial aid office for more information about financial aid! 

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