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Blue Gills, Bass and Scholarships - No Joke

By Dale Clifton,The Scholarship Doctor

There are two kinds of fishing families and two kinds

of families wanting college scholarships. And, there

are amazing similarities between them.

Weekend fishing families do not spend time researching

opportunities. They grab the kids, jump into the car, and

race to the nearest bait shop. "Where is a good place to

! take the kids? Are the fish biting? Thanks! We'll take

three dozen worms, please."

Then, they head for the lake. They catch a few bluegills,

have a picnic and go home.

The weekend scholarship family's search habits are

sporadic. They spend no time thinking about scholarship

possibilities until the junior or senior year. They

believe their family income may be too high. They're

convinced that their student's GPA may be a little on

the low side. "We don't believe! that a C+ or B- is good

enough to! win." They have never contacted the guidance

office about scholarship opportunities, and they are

ready to settle for government-backed loans. "Loan-aid"

can run from $50,000 to a $100,000 and more! Who needs


This haphazard scholarships family falls for two major

fallacies: Students of families with lower incomes get

the scholarships. Yes, 80% of all scholarships are given

to students who have a financial need, but almost 20% go

to students on a meritorious basis.

Another falsehood: Only "A" students get the bucks.

Again, many winners have "A" GPA's. But, winners also

have GPA's ranging from C to B+. And the federal

government has sponsored some in the "D" category.

Since the scholarship pie totals billions of dollars,

there is eno! ugh money for those who prepare for it.

The planning fishing family knows where the fish are.

They discovered a lake that produces big bass. They

wait for the right weather. The boat is gassed up. The

fish locator is working properly. They have a variety

of baits. And one morning, a car, boat and trailer can

be seen pulling out of the driveway. That lake is their

destination. The boat trolls the edges of the lake

catching many good-sized bass. This family finishes

early before it gets too hot. They conducted research

and were rewarded for their efforts.

The serious family starts early, finds sources and

notifies the guidance office.

Perhaps your family has college-bound students. Will

you be like the family who didn't care about what

happened, expecting small results with fish and

scholarships, or will you be like the family who

planned their outing and scholarship searches and

experienced huge financial success?

Will you settle for bluegills and accept loans or fish

for bass and plan for scholarship gold?

Always remember, the scholarship effort is truly a

family affair.

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©2005 The Scholarship Doctor, Dale Clifton - All Rights Reserved - Dale is an educational consultant and expert at helping families win college scholarships. To learn more about planning to win scholarships, visit

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