How To Find and Apply For Scholarships: A Step-by-Step Guide

With the cost of colleges and universities rising each year, it might feel like the price of furthering your education is getting out of control. In fact, between 1988 and 2017, the cost of attending a public university increased by 213% and the cost of a private one by 129%.

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How Do Scholarships Work? Understanding the Scholarship Application Process — with FAQs answered!

When you’re looking for colleges to apply to, what’s one of the most common factors you look at before you apply? Tuition. If college tuition is expensive, students might be steered away from applying. However, a scholarship application makes it easier for any and all students to be awarded money toward their tuition, books, room and board, and more. 

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10 Top Scholarship Websites to Find Money for College

With so many college scholarships websites out there, it might be confusing to decide which ones are worth using! We’re breaking down some of the most popular and best scholarship websites to take out some of the guesswork for you.

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Scholarship Winner Spotlight: Jesus Adrian Arroyo-Ramirez

A scholarship success story can be influenced by a personal journey, breaking the mold, and carving out your own future to inspire students like Jesus Adrian Arroyo-Ramirez to write a winning scholarship essay (and video!) He earned an outstanding $40,000 through the Golden Door Scholarship in February 2019.

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AP Credits: How do I use my AP test scores for college credit to graduate early?

Taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses to earn AP credits might just help you save money and graduate college early. According to U.S. News and the College Board, more than 2.6 million high school students in 2016 alone took 4.7 million AP exams. That’s double the number of students and tests taken 10 years ago!

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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, writing about yourself is 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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Why We Started the Going Merry Scholarships App: The Origin Story

If there’s a Common App to apply to multiple schools at once, why isn’t there a way to apply for multiple scholarships at once? That was my question as I started to search for scholarships for a second time, this time for graduate school. A quick look on the leading scholarship sites suggested there was $24 billion awarded every year. In fact, they even “matched” me with 53 scholarships offering more than $200,000.

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MerryApps: Apply for multiple scholarships simultaneously, using just one scholarship app

Back when I was a student applying for scholarships using those dreaded scholarship search engines, I noticed that scholarship applications often asked for the same information (name, email, class year, SAT score, etc.)–and sometimes even had the same essay prompt! So I’d dutifully, and monotonously, type in my personal information over and over again, and copy and paste the exact same 500-word essay across application platforms.

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What are the keys to financing college tuition? This 2020-2021 Financial Aid Calendar keeps you organized. Watch those FAFSA deadlines!

This financial aid post was originally published on September 21, 2019 and updated on October 8, 2019.

We know you’ve got questions about the FAFSA. When are the deadlines? How do I submit an application? Where do I even start?? Don’t worry; we’ve got the answers to guide you through your journey in financing college tuition!

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21 Scholarships from brand names that want to help you pay for college: Coca-Cola Scholarship, Dr Pepper Scholarship, Dell Top Tech Scholarship and more!

At Going Merry, we’ve got plenty of well-known scholarship opportunities for your scholarship search, including sponsorships sponsored by brand names you know and love. Check out these 20 corporate scholarships you need to know about –, the Coca-Cola Scholarship, Taco Bell Scholarship, GoPro Scholarship, Motorola Scholarship, and more!

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Our new “College Financial Aid” section lists universities’ scholarships and grants

Where we came from

For two years, we’ve built a platform to allow students, counselors, and parents an easy way to find scholarships they’re eligible for, filter through the noise, and apply to their favorites—all right from our platform. Now, over 200,000 students across 10,000 high schools use Going Merry.

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Everything You Need to Know About Work-Study Jobs in College

Every possible option should be considered when organizing college funds.  At Going Merry you can look at the different ways you are paying for college using our MerryBudget financial planning tool.  Exploring work-study jobs means finding one more way to lessen the amount of money you need to borrow. Higher education is already expensive. Finding money you don’t need to pay back is the best kind of money!  

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What should I write in my Scholarship Thank You Letter?

Congratulations! You won that scholarship you applied for! You receive the notice that you’re the scholarship recipient, and notice you’re required to write a scholarship thank you letter. Trust us, a scholarship thank you letter is not difficult at all. The letter describes your gratitude (exactly what it sounds like).

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10 Easy Scholarships to Begin Your Scholarship Search

A lot is going on all at once. School, hobbies, work, everything needs your attention! It’s great you finally set aside time to focus on scholarships, but are you worried about starting your scholarship search? So much information is tossed onto the internet. Great scholarships can be difficult to come by at first. Well, you can relax!

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