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Need proof that hard work pays off? Meet this scholarship winner.

College • September 26, 2018 • Haley Costen


What you’ll learn

  • One amazing student’s scholarship journey
  • The importance of connecting with your community

Peter wants the best education possible so he can one day support his family financially. He holds a 4.0 while participating in soccer, drumming, tutoring, and volunteer activities. He's fluent in three languages and is learning three others.

Score a scholarship like Peter

It’s okay if you can’t dribble a soccer ball or make a penalty kick. There are college scholarships out there for everyone—not just great athletes like Peter.

Start by using free resources like your school counselor. They can set you up with scholarship opportunities you might not find on your own. You can also sign up for a free scholarship search tool and get matched with scholarships based on the things you love to do.

Find a balance

Searching for scholarships while juggling school, sports, and extracurriculars doesn’t have to be daunting. Just set aside a few hours every week to apply for scholarships. A little time can add up to big money for college.


Haley Costen is a copywriter at Sallie Mae. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely reading, road tripping, or counting down the days until the next Marvel movie comes out.


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