College Scholarships for Women - It Depends on You
There was a time in the 60's and 70's when college scholarships for women were based on gender alone. Now that there are more women enrolled in higher education than men, it's key to do your homework.
Start with your objectives first. Are you interested in a possible career that is traditionally male dominated?
Currently, many math and science related fields seek females for example.
Don't be quick to dismiss your chances if you are interested in female dominated professions like nursing or teaching. Spot shortages develop in cycles, especially with under served urban or very rural areas. Scholarships or even stipends can be found in these unique situations.
Combine Your Criteria to Find the Maximum Scholarships
It is easy and even tempting to spend enormous amounts of time searching for private funds who target a specific type of student like women. Completing each scholarship essay alone can be a huge investment of your time.
Do you know the chances of how your investment is going to pay off?
Let's consider the numbers. On average about 2 million students begin college each year. Let's assume half of them are women. So now we have 1 million of your peers. Let's assume only 10% actually commit to filling out a scholarship letter. Now we are down to 100,000 competing for the same pool of limited college grants and scholarships on average each year. Relatively few awards are give on what primary criteria?
Female. (And you thought it was tough to find a date to the prom?!)
What if I also told you that the funding for these types of private scholarships was also very small. In fact, it's only 3% of the total funding pie for colleges!
Even if the fund throws in other challenging criteria - engineering, vegetarians who tap dance, etc., you are still competing among a huge pool of applicants for a relatively small payout.
So Where is the Biggest Source of College Scholarships?
Equip yourself to be a wise consumer first.
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