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Don't let it scare you.
Researching scholarships often scares parents and students for two reasons. First, there is so much information out there that it seems like an avalanche of data. Second, it is surprisingly difficult to find scholarships that exactly match a student's background and interests. There are very few scholarships that have opened-ended criteria for applicants.
However, it would be a serious mistake to be frightened off from researching scholarships, especially during the Internet age. Most parents and students will inevitably first go to www.fastweb.com
, which is the 500 pound gorilla of scholarship searching. This is a great place to start, but there is a veritable galaxy of smaller websites out there that cater to different parts of the scholarship universe. Be sure to check out websites that might pertain to scholarships in your specific area and field of study. Do not rely solely on the gargantuan scholarship directories you can find at your local Barnes & Noble -- they contain many scholarships, but these books often have the perverse effect of disorienting and demoralizing students from searching further. Make your search specific, hunt down organizations that are relevant to the fields you are interested in, and do this in conjunction with checking out excellent resources such as FastWeb.
Good luck to you!
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