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How to Win ScholarshipsWith college applications due in just a few weeks, rising high school seniors can be forgiven for panicking, just a little. But, parents are concerned, too. Many are worried about how they are actually going to pay for some of these institutions of higher learning!

According to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2015–2016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.”

And, at the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities, the price tags are often much, much higher. For the 2016-2017 school year, the highest priced colleges and universities include:

Columbia University (NY)): 2016-2017 tuition and fees: $55,056

Vassar College (NY):  2016-2017 tuition and fees: $53,090

Harvey Mudd College (CA): 2016-2017 tuition and fees: $52,916

Trinity College (CT): 2016-2017 tuition and fees: $52,760

Luckily, scholarships can help! There are literally thousands of scholarships available for students of every ethnic background, from every level of scholastic success, and for special talents like sports, music, community service, and more. The trick is finding the right match.

Below are some scholarships that we have identified with fast approaching deadlines. For more scholarships, click our College Scholarships category, at right. And, click this link for helpful tips and tricks on How to WIN Scholarships. Good luck!

Ron Brown Scholar Program

* Award: $1,000
* Deadline: November 1, 2016
* Description: This scholarship is for African American high school seniors who excel academically and will make significant contributions to society. Students must be US citizens.
* Administered by the Ron Brown Scholar Program


Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program

* Award: $1,000-$30,000
* Deadline: November 1, 2016
* Description: This scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students who are in grades nine through twelve and are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial high school or home study program in the United States or its territories.
* Administered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)


The Pennsylvania Society and Maguire Foundation

* Award: $8,000
* Deadline: November 1, 2016
* Description: This scholarship is for current high school seniors who are  planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at any Pennsylvania secondary school (public, private or homeschool).
* Administered by The Pennsylvania Society Scholarship Program with the Maguire Foundation


Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

* Award: $3,000-$10,000
* Deadline: November 15, 2016
* Description: This award is for women who provide the primary financial support for their family (including children, spouse, siblings, and/or parents).
* Administered by Soroptimist International of the Americas


American Copy Editors Society Scholarship

* Award: $1,000-$2,500
* Deadline: November 16, 2016
* Description: This scholarship is for college juniors and seniors, graduate students, and college graduates who are committed to a career in copy editing.
* Administered by the American Copy Editors Society (ACES)


Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards (Intel STS)

* Award: $1,000-$15,000
* Deadline: November 16, 2016
* Description: Applicants must present a full, scientific report about research of their choosing in the areas of science, math, engineering, and/or medicine.
* Administered by the Society for Science & the Public


The Bookmark Scholarship

* Award: $500
* Deadline: November 21, 2016
* Description: This scholarship is for high school seniors headed for college and current college students. Applicants must submit an essay or infographic describing how life would be different if the Internet didn’t exist.
* Administered by Vweb


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