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As the spooky Halloween season is upon us, I’m reminded that most students searching for scholarships are already buried in the college application process, and one more thing seems daunting.

But, just like trick or treating, finding scholarships can be a rewarding experience that can lead to educational treats. So, grab your flashlight, and let’s explore the haunted halls of scholarship opportunities this Halloween!

1. The Haunted House of Scholarships:

Imagine scholarships as a haunted house, filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Start by exploring online scholarship databases like Scholarship Owl, Going Merry, or FastWeb. To see a full list of scholarship resources, check out The College Funding Coach resource page. These platforms act as your trusty map, guiding you through the labyrinth of scholarships available.

2. Trick-or-Treat:

Just like choosing the perfect Halloween costume, tailoring your scholarship search is essential. Identify your unique qualities, interests, and achievements to find the scholarships that align with your profile and life. Whether you excel in academics, sports, arts, community service, croqueting, or duct tape dressmaking, there’s a scholarship out there for you!

3. Unmasking Hidden Scholarships:

Sometimes, scholarships lurk in the shadows like a goblin or a ghost. Reach out to local organizations, community foundations, and businesses to uncover these hidden gems. These organizations can offer scholarships specific to your region, field of interest, ethnicity, or even religious affiliation.

4. Beware of DEAD Ends:

While searching for scholarships, it’s important to be cautious of scammers, swindlers, and dead ends. Just as Halloween can bring out the tricksters, there are fraudulent websites trying to deceive unsuspecting or rushing students. Always verify the legitimacy of a scholarship provider, and remember NEVER to share personal information or pay any fees.

5. Carve Out Time for Applications:

Just like carving pumpkins requires time and precision, applying for scholarships demands dedication. Create a schedule to manage your time effectively, and be sure to schedule all application deadlines. Don’t be afraid to use/reuse and edit your college essays toward the scholarship application requirements. Remember, the more scholarships you apply for, the higher your chances of receiving an educational treat!

6. Spooky Essays and Ghoulish Recommendations:

Many scholarships require essays, and some require letters of recommendation (just like the college application process). Embrace the challenge of drafting compelling essays that highlight your unique experiences and aspirations. Seek recommendations from teachers, mentors, or community leaders who can highlight your strengths and accomplishments.

7. The Thrill of the Hunt:

Just like Halloween, remember the scholarship search is not just about the result but also the thrill of the hunt. Embrace the process, learn from rejections, and keep refining your applications. Think of it as if you are making your way with friends through a haunted cornfield at night: With every step, you will feel scared, scream, laugh, and have fun! Remember each step you take brings you closer to finding the perfect scholarship match.

So, this Halloween, don’t let the fear of financial constraints haunt your dream of pursuing a higher education. By donning your scholarship-searching costume and following our guide, you’ll be well-equipped to unmask the hidden treasures of using other people’s money to help you fund your education.

Make sure to utilize your free consultation with a college funding coach if you have questions about the private scholarship hunt or anything regarding saving and paying for college.

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May you find more treats than tricks in your scholarship search this Halloween! Good Luck “my little pretties!”


Theresa W. White, CCFS®, ELA®






Further Reading:

The Private Scholarship Game (Part 1) – The Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts

The Private Scholarship Game (Part 2) – 12 Ways to Increase Your Odds

How Out-Of-State Students Can Get In-State Tuition

My Kid Is a Decent Student but We Will Not Qualify for Need-Based Financial Aid

And the Award Goes to Students That Apply for Scholarships!


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