Finding college scholarships for young kids can be frustrating. You have to have the research skills of a detective, the persistence of a gold medalist, and the curiosity of a scientist.
I’ve found that if I make a game of it, I can maintain my sanity and find free college money for my kids—even if those awards have to wait a few years.
How to play the game
Today’s game is called, “Tuition on My Desk.” To play, simply divert your eyes from the screen and look around your desk for product labels, company names, and the like. Make a list of prospects from the items on your desk.
My list looks something like this:
- Vitamins from the Vitamin Shoppe
- Pilot PreciseGrip ink pen
- Hallmark thank you notes (darn, I need to mail those)
- Coca cola bottle
- Google email printout
- Water bill
How to search for prizes
Take your list and head back to the computer. Visit your favorite search engine, and get to work. Type an item from your list into the search. Add the keywords “scholarship” or “scholarship for young kids.”
For example, I took the “Hallmark” in “Hallmark thank you notes” from my list. I did a Google search for “Hallmark cards scholarship.”
I got millions of hits, including The Gallery Collections 6th Annual Create-A-Greeting Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest.
This scholarship is open to high school and college students, 14 years and older. Obviously, my kids are too young. But this is one more opportunity that I would not have known about, if I hadn’t looked.
We now have a decade to design an awesome greeting card. I think we can handle that.
Keep your head in the game
Here is where some of you will stop playing the game. You did a search, found that your child was not eligible for the contest, and you gave up.
For that, I could thank you. With you out of the race, that just means less competition for my kids. But I’m actually saddened. Don’t give up the good fight. There really is college money out there.
Do you know what happened when I tried again?
Looking back at my list, I took the “Google” from “Google email printout.” I did a search for “Google scholarship for young kids.”
Doodle 4 Google is an annual art contest for U.S. students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The top winner will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship.
This 10-minute exercise uncovered $40,000 in potential scholarships. I imagine there are opportunities on your desk, in your pantry, and on your television, right now!
You just have to stay in the game.
To my readers: Do you worry about the rising cost of tuition? How are you planning for college?