Students using the app received about $15 million in scholarships this year, Gray said. Passionate about improving Internet speed in rural areas? Pretty much anyone can apply for that one, which aims to reward those who have made an impact on their community.
Some private scholarships are pretty broad, but others are looking for someone specific. Gray also received one from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (for low-income minorities) which will pay for higher ed costs not already covered by other grants.
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They helped him go to Drexel University in Philadelphia for free.
He graduated last spring and has some funds left over to use for grad school.It’s not to be wowed, or feel like we need to read the most unique piece of writing we’ve ever seen.Over my ten years of working in admissions, I’ve probably read over 100,000 essays; after a certain point, there’s just no such thing as a truly *unique* essay.Scholarships were my only way out," he told CNNMoney.Since then, he's been on a mission to help others access the often untapped world of private scholarships.While they may be harder to find and annoying to apply for, there's a good reason to hunt them down (besides getting Mom and Dad off your back).Ask Christopher Gray, who won more than 35 private scholarships.I'm a playwright, editor, and writing teacher with a focus on arts education.I got my MFA at UT Austin as a Michener Fellow, a program for young writers that accepts less than one percent of applicants.Our approach to application “essays” is not a single, longform essay, but rather five short-answer questions where we try to get to know different aspects of each individual.Here are this year’s questions: People often ask me, “How do I stand out in an essay? As MIT admissions officers, our primary goal in reading these essays is to get to know you, the applicant.