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3 Waves of Scholarships

3 Waves of Scholarships
Scholarships come in waves.  They don't all come at once and they don't all come when you receive college admission. And, unfortunately, they don't all come by the time you have to decide on your college, either.  To say the least, they certainly don't come when it's convenient, that's for sure. Three Waves of Scholarships  Scholarships come in Waves - 3 waves, actually.  The first wave is scholarship money based on application numbers.  That means the...
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Denise Gearhart
Lee, I love your posts. They are truly amusing as well as informational.
Friday, 08 March 2019 00:50
Robin
Thank you, Denise! Lee is always thankful to hear that she has blessed parents. And when her humor is understood! Robin Assistant... Read More
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Choosing Between the SAT and ACT

Choosing Between the SAT and ACT
Choosing Between the SAT and ACT Like many choices in homeschooling, the choice of which college admissions test to take is, for the most part, up to you. You have the advantage in these tests, because you get to choose whichever test makes your child look like a genius. Each high school testing location chooses whether to provide the SAT or the ACT to their students. In general, the states on the coasts tend to give the...
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Leap of Faith: From Behind and Overwhelmed to College Scholarships

Leap of Faith: From Behind and Overwhelmed to College Scholarships
Leap of Faith: From Behind and Overwhelmed to College Scholarships Not everyone begins their college planning and preparation from the time their children are young, crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's. Parents have busy lives, with babies, toddlers, and busy schedules.  Check out this letter of encouragement from a real-life homeschool mom like you! You are NOT alone!     Thank you for all your help this year.  My oldest child is a senior...
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45 Tips for Earning Big Scholarships

45 Tips for Earning Big Scholarships
The best scholarships come to those with the biggest effort. If your child has a college interview, be prepared! Read these 45 tips for earning big college scholarships and be well prepared for any college interview or scholarship competition. You've done a great job educating your kids. They are bright, intelligent, well socialized and have an area of passionate interest. They have all the required classes, great grades, excellent test scores, and wonderful letters of recommendation. You...
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College Admission and Scholarship Success Story

College Admission and Scholarship Success Story
    College Admission and Scholarship Success Story There’s nothing more stressful to parents than worrying about college admission and scholarship earnings. Many parents question whether it’s even possible to find a college that is satisfying to both parent and child, a college that will love their student and offer them scholarships to attend. And yet every year at about this time, I'm flooded with letters from successful parents and students.  It doesn't happen by accident.  Success...
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3 Most Important Scholarship Tips

3 Most Important Scholarship Tips
Every year some perfectly wonderful homeschool students miss out on scholarships. Don't let that happen to you! These are the 3 things that make the difference between smart kids that DO get scholarships, and smart kids that don't.  Ready? 1. Apply for colleges first thing senior year - finish all applications by the end of November. Yup. Now. 2. Apply to 4-8 schools, with a mix of public and private universities 3. Apply to reach, fit,...
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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!" While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today ! Find a College - and Afford it! This book will help your student find a college to love, a college...
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Normal Family and Big Scholarships!

Normal Family and Big Scholarships!
Suppose your best friend's child received huge scholarships from college. What would you do? I can tell you what I would do! I would try to figure out how they managed it, and then I'd imitate their success! I'm going to introduce you to a normal homeschool family. Naturally they are unique and special with their own strengths that you and I can only dream of! But in reality, this is also a very normal family,...
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Win or Lose, Scholarships Reap Rewards

Win or Lose, Scholarships Reap Rewards
When you compete for a scholarship, chances are someone is going to lose. Usually there is more than one qualified applicant. Someone will come up short. But if you need scholarships, then it will pay off if you apply to MANY scholarship applications, to improve your chance. Win or lose, there is the chance of a great reward! Applying for an application may take a lot of work - often the child needs to write a...
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National Merit Success Story

National Merit Success Story
If your child tends to be a little bit on the "smart" side, start researching the National Merit Scholarship early in high school.  With just a little practice, smart kids can do stunningly well in the National Merit Scholarship Competition.  And homeschooler can win!   Renee wrote to share about her daughter's successes. I had to share the news about my daughter Abigail. This go-around (as opposed to the first two children), we listed her as...
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5 Final Reasons to Get The Comprehensive Record Solution Today!

5 Final Reasons to Get The Comprehensive Record Solution Today!
Today is the final day to get my Comprehensive Record Solution at the introductory price of $97. Tomorrow the price goes to it's regular price of $147.  We have written extensively why documenting your homeschool students comprehensive records is a smart idea for every college bound homeschool family.  Here are five final reasons you should consider today before the price increases. College admissions is a high stakes, highly competitive game and you need to present your...
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Scholarships: Let Your Needs Be Known

Scholarships: Let Your Needs Be Known
Here is a brief follow-up note I sent to Ann after she was told her son had won a $14,000/year scholarship from his first choice school.  I thought my advice might help someone else as well. Ann, Just fyi, the financial aid you hear about at this moment is usually just a portion of the final amount.  Other amounts will be trickling in later.  This does not take into account your financial "need" - and the...
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College Scholarships Result From Preparation

College Scholarships Result From Preparation
My client Ann just heard that her son was admitted to his first choice college, accepted into the honors program, and awarded a $14,000. It's so exciting to see her having such great success while it's only mid-October! The first awards you hear about are often just the beginning, and I'm sure the family has more aid coming.  Need based money and more specific scholarships come later, but this is a great, great start! I know...
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