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Product Details

  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456459945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456459949
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Kantrowitz, the foremost expert on student financial aid and Publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org, has just released Secrets to Winning a Scholarship, a book that is certain to be a worthwhile investment. --Farnoosh Torabi, Credit.com

Winning private college scholarships can certainly help make college more affordable. A handy resource to turn to is a book, Secrets to Winning a Scholarship, by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Fastweb. --Lynn O'Shaughnessy, US News & World Report

Kantrowitz's new book, Secrets to Winning a Scholarship (available Feb. 8) is required reading for anyone interested in reducing their expected debt load or the financial burden on their parents. --Ashleigh Patterson, Reuters

Secrets to Winning a Scholarship is packed with resources on where to find and apply for these scholarships, as well as tips on how to better your chances at winning them. --Sonja Stewart, Parenting Squad

Secrets to Winning a Scholarship pulls together valuable strategies developed by Mr. Kantrowitz, a nationally recognized expert in financial aid. --Eleanor Chute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Errata: The publisher omitted the last line of the table on page 5. The missing line should read "3.5-4.0 (A- to A) 18.7% 18.8%".

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Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans. He is Senior Vice President and Publisher of Edvisors Network. His mission is to deliver practical information, advice and tools to students and their families so they can make informed decisions about planning and paying for college. Before joining Edvisors, Mr. Kantrowitz was founder and publisher of FinAid.org and publisher of Fastweb.com. Mr. Kantrowitz has been quoted in more than 5,000 newspaper and magazine articles in the last five years. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Newsweek and Time Magazine. Mark is the author of two bestselling books about scholarships and financial aid and holds seven patents. He also writes extensively on student aid policy. Mark serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal, is a member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education and is a member of the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association. He has two Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sheryl douglas on March 6, 2011
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Great Book. Great ideas. Easy to comply with what the author is saying. I learned some new tips that I hadnt before.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on March 30, 2011
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This book was not impressive to say the least. I was hoping for insights that were not already known and written about in many other publications on scholarships. This was not the case.There is nothing secret to learn in this book. I felt like it was a Fastweb promo and nothing more. Good introduction read for a high school students.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Singri on May 8, 2011
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My son will be a junior next year in high school and has ambitious plans to attend prestigious schools and become a doctor !!! Good for him but lot of money from me. Scholarships are one good way to offset costs. I was watching CNN program where the author was interviewed and appeared to be knowledgeable about many aspects of the scholarships.

So went to Barnes and Nobles and found it to be too expensive. Bought the same here on Amazon for half the price.

Book itself I was hoping will be an eye opener reg. some of the information for an parent that has been educated out of this country like me. Thus it is a challenge to be able to guide children.

Though this books does give some pointers, I have found the material is largely contained in many of the guides that you get from colleges. Author directs readers to register on the on-line site he has and mostly this book concentrates in that aspect.

I would give this book an "Okay" rating. If you are a total novice, then it makes for an interesting reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NONE on November 19, 2011
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Thank you so much for the book, it will really come in handy to apply for scholarships for my graduate program. Book is in excellent condition as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sammer on November 7, 2011
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This book was recommended by Susie Orman. I found it to be a quick and easy read. It provides a number of statistical comparisons and suggestions of interest when applying for scholarships. It helped me organize my thoughts and clarified how much competition there is for the same dollars and how to best position myself. This book would be especially important for a high school senior but all students could benefit from it's teachings. I would recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis T. on April 6, 2011
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I gave this book to a friend's son who is applying for scholarships. He just called me to say how great it is, that it has tons of really practical advice, and that he's using it as his main guide to lead him through the whole process. It was just the right gift for him!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penelope S. Tzougros on January 8, 2014
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This is a must read for high school students, grandparents and parents. It provides facts about who wins scholarships and why, and what the popular myths and scams are. Scholarships and grants that provide full coverage of college costs go to only about 20,000 students a year. That reality check I think makes the book's advice more important. What is in the student's control is persistence, stamina, proofreading the essay, and completing in detail a Fastweb.com profile. It may seem disappointing to win only a $1,000 scholarship, but the author counsels you that every dollar you win, is one less to pay back in a loan. In addition, winning small ones adds a mark of excellence to you and makes you a more attractive risk for a bigger scholarhship. I hadn't thought about the donors' view that they want to be proven right that they "bet" on the winner. There are lots of do's and don't's, and plenty of resources to look up. I didn't know there were scholarships for children age 13 and younger, or that community service and volunteering could contribute significantly to your winning. Since this book came out I have been recommending it to my financial planning clients and to friends. It's wise and practical.
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