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It's probably not a newsflash that  women are still largely outnumbered by their male counterparts in science and engineering.

What might be news: More colleges and employers are making it a priority to get women into STEM fieldsand they're making financial investments to back that up. That means there are ever-increasing options for female students who are hunting for scholarships. Here's how to find that sweet "free money" to help fund your STEM education. 

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If you're drowning in scholarship essays, let us toss you a life raft: Here are seven scholarships that don’t require you to pen any long prose.

Some of these do require you to submit some information about yourself and, in some instances, answer some questions or complete a few easy tasks. The key to success with these — and all scholarship applications — is to follow the instructions and submit your application before the deadlines.

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Monica Matthews had no money for her son to go to college. So, she figured out a common-sense way to win scholarships. Four years later, her son graduated debt-free. Here, the founder of how2winscholarships.com shares some valuable tips.

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As you start to plan for college, you'll need to know how you're going to pay for it. Sure, there's always financial aid and student loans, but you'll have to pay those back in the future. However, if you start applying for college scholarships as a high school senior, you may be able to save yourself some money in the long run.

Scholarships are no longer just for athletes and brainiacs. There are plenty of niche and unusual scholarship opportunities on the market that you'll be able to find something that suits your interests and extracurricular activities. 

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The lights dimmed. Darkness. The room settled. Silence. Then, the distant whirring of ... something. What was it? Suddenly, brightness and sound and images launched me into a magical world. At age 6, my first movie experience made an indelible impression. Now, twelve years later, I embrace the formal steps toward becoming a unique storyteller. A visual artist. A filmmaker.

That's just one example of how to start a scholarship essay. Now let's talk about how you can start yours. 

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Congrats! You've been accepted to college. Now you just need to figure out how to pay for it. 

But before you start digging through your car for any loose change you can find, you might want to take some time to check out all of the resources available to help you pay for college in the state of Florida.

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