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Grant Means, sophomore, Stanford University
2012 Coca-Cola Scholar

His advice: Don't waste your energy applying for scholarships that aren't good fits. Make sure the scholarship you are applying for aligns with your passion in a deep way. Once you have a short list, go after those programs with everything you've got.

Almost all scholarship applications have word or character limits, which means you have to justify every phrase. Be picky and maximize the impact of what you say. Give them something they won't see 1,000 times. Be creative. Be different.

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You should build two résumés. On one put down and describe everything that could possibly be important. The other should be a one-pager with the accomplishments you are most proud of. You can use these as building blocks for the applications.


  @Money - Last updated October 04 2013 05:46 PM ET
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