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How Ramit Sethi won $100,000+ in college scholarships

Applying to lots and lots of relevant scholarships was what worked for him. Here's how he did it.

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In his blog post Ramit Sethi wrote:

"Here’s what I’d recommend. Go to your high school’s career center. Most of them keep a list of scholarships, sorted by date. Apply to every single one that’s relevant. After you exhaust your school’s, call up other high schools and ask them if you can go in there and talk to them and see what scholarships might apply to you. They’ll love this because no one ever goes to seek out scholarships. When I was in high school, I ended up applying to about 60 scholarships — all from my career center — and got a bunch of money for school."

"For applying, you’ll need to write a few essays for different apps, but after the first 4-5, you’ll probably be able to cut/paste into other applications. That’s when it gets really fun and you can do 1-2 applications per day. Most of the apps will ask for your transcript, recommendations, and an essay (or a few short essays). You’ll want to think of the message you want to send in these materials — a lot of people just submit bland recommendations / essays that say “I am smart!” but everyone does that and it’s lame. For me, I took the entrepreneurship / business angle. What’s your angle? Make sure you tell recommenders what you want them to highlight by giving them your resume and a few key points that they should touch on in their recommendations. Most will be happy to do this."

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What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Here's a different approach that students can use to get scholarships. For me, it comes back to educating the students, counselors, parents, and schools. How do we get the right information in from of the right people at the right time? Do they know that most people don't apply for scholarships? Could this technique be added to a toolkit for helping to reduce costs?


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very interesting :)

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