Is it possible to send three kids to college for free, simultaneously, using only scholarships and grants? I found an interesting case study on this topic in the form of a blog. Evelyne (the mom) created a site called Three for Free, and on it she chronicles her quest to send her three daughters to college and pay for it completely with financial aid other than student loans. The article that I stumbled upon at her site was one about easy no essay scholarships. I found it while doing some more research for this site. I was intrigued at the way her article started out and I was already preparing myself for a rebuttal in her comments section. Here is a portion of the opening paragraph from the original article…
Should You Apply for the “Easy No Essay” Scholarships?
I was going to write about bogus scholarships today. By that, I meant the scholarships that seem super-easy to apply for, the scholarship drawings, the register for a chance to win scholarships, the tell-your-friends-not-to-text-and-drive scholarships. In other words, the too good to be true scholarships. If you’ve searched one or two scholarship search websites, you know what I mean. The descriptions that make you pull back and say, “This must be fake!”
But then I kept reading (I like her writing style, by the way) and found that she actually did have some very nice things to say about the types of scholarships that I highlight and promote on this website – the “easy” no essay scholarships. Here are a few more excerpts from Evelyne’s original article…
So when I thought about this topic, I began to research these types of scholarships, expecting to find lots of negative comments and warnings to avoid them. Guess what? I didn’t. They are real and so are the students who win the awards. Yes, some ask that you refer friends as part of the process, but you can choose to ignore them. Like all businesses, the scholarship sites rely on more and more students visiting their website and applying for their listed scholarships. It’s how they draw advertisers and continue to grow. You can opt out of providing that information by simply ignoring those scholarships.
It’s a fact that the $500 and $1,000 scholarships can add up to a lot of money if you are selected. And the relatively little time it takes to complete the applications is worth it if you win them. The down side is not that they’re fake (they’re not) but that their ease of application means that you are competing against a very large pool of other students. It’s real, but the odds are not in your favor. Going after only the small, quick scholarships is not good strategy because you are not focusing your efforts on the scholarships whose odds are in your favor, even though they require more work. Still, the little easy scholarships are everywhere and there’s a place for them too. After all, somebody has to win, why not you?
This was only a portion of the original article,
Should You Apply for the “Easy No Essay” Scholarships?, which was posted by Evelyne on her Three for Free College website. Feel free to click on the link if you wish to read the rest of the article and learn more about her story. It will be interesting to follow along on their journey. (Update: original post no longer available online – website disappeared – sorry)
Easy No Essay Scholarships – Legit!
So there you have it. From one mother who has researched the topic extensively from a somewhat pessimistic point of view – these “too good to be true,” easy, no essay scholarships actually are legit. Just like the old saying goes, pertaining to the lottery – you can’t win if you don’t play. Same goes for these types of scholarships. You won’t be awarded any of the money if you don’t apply! But rest assured, your chances of “winning” one of these types of scholarships is much greater than your chances of winning the lottery. So, do your research. Explore this website. Find the easy no essay scholarships that are most relevant to you and apply today! Apply for as many as you possibly can. Make it a goal to get your college funded 100% and graduate with no school loans – just like Evelyne is trying to do for her daughters.
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