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College scholarships come in many sizes and in hundreds of different categories. Meanwhile, finding the right scholarship requires as much "insider" know-how as picking the right stock.

Scholarships come in different packages. Start by selecting a college that prizes academic excellence as much as you do.  Not all scholarships come in the form of outright grants. Many scholarship programs include discounted tuition that comes as part of a "preferential package" from colleges seeking to shape their entering class with top students. The number of ďtrustee" or "president's scholarships" offer a sign of how strongly the alumni feel about the school. A well-heeled school, financially speaking, suggests that its graduates think they were well rewarded in their careers -- probably by some of the schoolís alumni. It's nice to get confirmation that your choice of school translates to a head start on your future.

Many schools do not offer aid packages to cover all of a studentís recognized financial needs. The difference between a studentís need and the schoolís award is called the "gap," which can be as much as 35% below the estimated need. For some schools the "gap" is narrowed if the student has achieved high academic or other honors.

Colleges also offer specific scholarships for special achievements and general excellence. Twenty percent of these types of grants come from the coffers of the individual colleges and universities. 

Most states have special education programs for the disabled. Ask the college financial aid officer, or write to your state's division of vocational rehabilitation.

The federal government and the military also offer some scholarships based on merit.

"Peterson's Scholarship, Grants and Prizes 2010," does a credible job of providing guidance on these scholarships.

Check with your employer and with all the organizations you belong to to see if small grants or awards are available. Many companies also give merit awards to students entering particular fields.

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