Latif Murji is attending college for free for the next four years. Thanks to his extensive scholarship research and a lot of hard work, Murji has earned CAD $96 000 in scholarships, including the prestigious CAD $70 000 TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership. He was one of 20 students from among 4 000 applicants selected for the scholarship, which honours outstanding community leadership.
Each year, companies and charities offer more than $2 billion in private scholarships to students for filling out some paperwork, writing an essay or two and occasionally being interviewed in person or over the phone. In addition to being an attractive form of education financing — since unlike loans, scholarships do not have to be repaid — the awarding of a scholarship is in itself a prestigious form of recognition. The National Postsecondary Student Aid study indicates that since 2007, US students at four-year colleges have represented over 70 per cent of scholarship recipients (with 1 in 8 students receiving scholarships worth $2 000 or more). The number can be even higher if students know how to research well for such opportunities.
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