Winner Spotlight: John Flowers Jr. on writing his scholarship essay on personal growth

A scholarship success story takes an experience, a family history, and redefining limits to inspire students like John Flowers Jr. to write a winning scholarship essay. He earned himself an awesome $500 through The Ferrell Lee Scholarship.

The scholarship application required an essay answering the following prompt: “Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.” John reflected on his eagerness to learn since a young age, and how the sky was never the limit for him. He’s now on his way to a four-year university, setting an example for his younger siblings.

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How to compare colleges, to make your target college list – with the best safety schools and reach schools suited for you!

Every student deserves to apply to his or her dream school. But how do you narrow down a list of solid choices to apply to when there are so many options out there? And how do you make sure you also apply to some “realistic” colleges, to make sure you get into at least one? We’re walking you through the steps to simplify creating your list of colleges to apply to.

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Scholarships for Students in Pennsylvania for 2019 – 2020

The US supports education on all levels of community, stretching from national initiatives down to your neighborhood programs. Scholarships range from nationwide offerings to state, county, or even school specific scholarships. At Going Merry, we bring local and statewide scholarships to you – including Pennsylvania scholarships – and let you fill out your applications all in one place! 

Check out the list below for some Pennsylvania specific scholarships for you to explore!

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Wonderful Scholarships for Students in Washington for 2019-2020

Thinking about how to afford college? Washington scholarships are a common form of support for education and many small local scholarships go unclaimed each year. At Going Merry we bring local and statewide scholarships to you and let you fill out your applications all in one place! Make sure to take full advantage of scholarships your community has available to you.

Here are just two of the many scholarships available for students in Washington. To see the full list of your eligible scholarships, sign up for Going Merry.

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What’s a winning scholarship essay look like? Check out this Going Merry success story with Gabby DeMott

A scholarship success story takes a defining moment, an experience, sometimes even studying abroad, to inspire students like Gabby DeMott to write a winning scholarship essay. She earned herself a whopping $10,000 through The Bill Browning Scholarship for Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The scholarship application required an essay answering the following prompt: “Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.” Writing this essay gave Gabby the opportunity to reflect on and write about her experience in Germany and what she took back with her when returning to America.

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The CSS Profile vs. the FAFSA & EFC – What’s the difference?

You’re ready to start planning in paying college tuition. But why are there two financial aid forms: the FAFSA and the CSS Profile? How do you prioritize which to fill out? What’s the process? We’re breaking down the differences between the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, from applications to deadlines, and everything in between.

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How to write a winning scholarship essay about your academic goals

Have you ever opened up a scholarship application only to find that you have to write yet ANOTHER scholarship essay, this time about your academic goals? We get it. There’s a lot of writing involved when you’re applying! Well, we’re here to guide you through your academic goals essay, with scholarship essay tips and a template. We’ve even got a surprise for you at the end that will save you time on your scholarship applications.

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What is the Pell Grant?

In short, a Federal Pell Grant is free money. OK, it’s a little more detailed than that…The “free” financial aid money is awarded to students to help fund their college tuition. So the best part about a Pell Grant? Students don’t have to worry about paying back the funds.

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Neat Scholarships for Students in New Jersey for 2019 – 2020

Thinking about how to afford college? Scholarships are a common form of support for education and many small local scholarships go unclaimed each year. At Going Merry we bring local and statewide scholarships to you and let you fill out your applications all in one place! 

Check out the list below of scholarships for New Jersey you could apply to!

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How to apply for FAFSA: Everything You Need to Know and More!

We’re kicking off the school year right by answering your FAFSA questions: how to apply for FAFSA, your FAFSA application, the FAFSA website, and of course the 2019 to 2020 FAFSA! Grab a slice of pizza and get comfy – we’re diving in!

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A guide to writing the best personal statement for your college application (with template and examples!)

Why is boasting about a best friend SO much easier than writing about yourself? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what a personal statement essay requires you to do–whether it’s for your college admissions application, or for a scholarship application to pay for college. Here’s our guide, to ensure you’re well-equipped to write a killer personal statement!

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How to ask for a letter of recommendation for your college app

Would you purchase anything on Amazon before reading the reviews? We rely heavily on other people’s opinions to form our opinions or to back up our existing thoughts.

In the same way, colleges want to know what other people think about you, so a letter of recommendation (LOR) boosts your personal and academic validity. 

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Massive Scholarships for Students in Massachusetts for 2019 – 2020

In 1891, Springfield College instructor and graduate student James Naismith founded basketball right in Massachusetts. He designed the game and later went on to become an athletic director and coach. We might not be on James’s level yet, but hopefully college will give you the tools to make your own breakthrough.

But how to fund those years of study? Scholarships are a common way students pay for college. And local scholarships often give you the greatest chance of winning.

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