Scholarships Blog

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Avoiding Scholarship Scams

   January 16, 2019

Avoiding Scholarship Scams

There are a wide variety of scholarship scams, and it may not always be easy identifying them. One thing you should always remember is that you should never be asked for money or any financial information in order to apply for a scholarship or to receive one. All legitimate scholarships will be free to apply for, and the information about...

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How we review external scholarships

   November 28, 2018

Recently we had a student ask us, “How do you decide if an external scholarship is legitimate and a worthwhile endeavor?” Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the ways that we review external scholarship opportunities so that you can make better informed decisions about how to allocate your time spent on applications.

First Point: The Dollars...

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Understanding Scholarship Awards

   November 28, 2018

“What happens after I apply for a scholarship through NinerScholars?” “How do I know if I have been awarded a scholarship?” “How long should I wait before expecting an award notification?” These are all commonly asked questions after scholarship applications close, so we want to take the time to address the scholarship award process when using NinerScholars.

Post-Application...

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When should I apply for scholarships?

   November 28, 2018

Each year, UNC Charlotte students have the opportunity to apply for institutional scholarships through the NinerScholars Portal. One question that we hear often is, “When should I apply?” We hope that this post will help clear up any confusion about when you should start applying for scholarships.

October: The NinerScholars Portal Opens

Each October, the...

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Less Time Searching and More Time Applying

   November 28, 2018

What is a Scholarship Office?

Believe it or not, having an office dedicated to scholarship accessibility is not a resource that many universities have. The majority of universities split the function of scholarship distribution with the financial aid office, which means that financial aid is managing everything like grants, federal loans, needs-based aid, and...

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External Scholarships: Read the Fine Print

   November 28, 2018

No Free Lunch

Why would so many companies offer large, and seemingly easy scholarship opportunities online? It’s no secret that private companies are driven by profit, so what could possibly be profitable about giving away thousands of dollars to students?

There is an analogy in economic studies which says that there is “no such thing as a free lunch.” This...

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Internal vs. External Scholarships

   November 28, 2018

Here in the University Scholarship Office at UNC Charlotte, we often use words like “internal” and “external” when classifying scholarship opportunities. Before I started my job here, I had little knowledge of the differences and similarities between the two. Not only is the application process drastically different between these two groups, but the way in which the scholarship funds are...

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How to use the NinerScholars Portal

   November 28, 2018

New technology can streamline old processes and make the world more efficient. That being said, new technology often has a learning curve before one can use it effectively. NinerScholars is no different, so we’re here to help you understand the basics of this powerful system that will allow you to apply for more scholarships with less manual effort.

To view a PDF version of the...

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