Scam or Valuable Service -- How Is One To Know?
Expert Advice provided by Scholarship
Article by Alyson Shutts Meeks
Let's be adult here and
face this issue head on. Scam. It's an ugly word. But it's been
in the press a lot lately. Every scholarship site and government
site has a warning about fee-based scholarship services. "If you
have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam," they warn
ominously. "Spend the time, not the money" is another one that
really sounds good until you think of services you pay someone
to perform because you don't have time.
Think yard work. Filing
taxes. Hair styling. House painting. Car repairs. Fast food. And
the list goes on. You often have someone else do the job, whether
it's preparing your will or washing your car, because that someone
can do it better and faster than you can do it yourself. In other
words, you turn to someone with expertise, and you get results
with minimal time invested.
That's what scholarship
search services claim to be: EXPERT at what they do. And what
we at ScholarshipExperts.com
do is provide an extraordinarily current and extensive scholarship
search service. Why? In one word, empathy.
That's right -- empathy.
We know how it feels to be a high school student who wants that
college education but is looking at a cost of thousands of dollars.
We attended universities on scholarship, and it was great! In
really began in 1997 when one enterprising college student (who
had received ample scholarship dollars) noticed some of his buddies
struggling to buy textbooks. They were simply under-financed for
their college experience. He grew determined to start a free scholarship
search service on the Internet, and others who shared his conviction
joined in, including former educators and a college advisor.
But alas! We realized
that nothing is free, not even a scholarship search service. Someone
has to pay, whether advertisers or investors or customers. So
we decided that people who care most about the service were the
best folks to help pay for it. That was the genesis of ScholarshipExperts.com,
the only scholarship service worth paying for.
We're not trying to scam
you. Why should we? We are a legitimate business operated by professionals
who know what we're doing. One article on scams claimed that fee-based
scholarship services were often "home-based businesses run by
individuals who know nothing about financial aid and who do not
compile their own database."
Frankly, we think home-based
businesses are great, but we are not one. We have a real office
and pay real rent. We were in the academic and financial aid environment
when today's high school students were in pre-school. We compile
our own database of awards -- just ask our team of research specialists
who do it. In short, we work hard just like you; we're moms and
dads, friends and family members just like you. We believe that
we can provide an exceptional service at an exceptional price
without becoming con artists in the process. We know how you feel
about the prospect of funding a college education, and we're here
to help. That's it, pure and simple.
Experience has taught
us that obtaining scholarship information can be a daunting process.
Even if a student is sure that he or she can qualify for an athletic
scholarship, for example, where do you start? Call the major universities
on the phone? Check out some web sites? Ask around? This is where
we come in. We're pros; we know how you feel; we think we can
be your primary resource for finding scholarship dollars. So check
out other services if you must, but we think you will return to
We're the experts in this domain, and we're worth paying for.
For additional information
about this topic, visit www.ScholarshipExperts.com.
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