7 Tips To Win Graduate School Scholarships

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Image Credit: CollegeDegrees360, Flickr.com

Excuse me but I’m going to state obvious:

Graduate school is expensive.

Once you’ve added together the cost of tuition, textbooks, school supplies, and living expenses, the total cost is enough to induce a panic attack. After you’ve caught your breath and realized stressing won’t make that total go down, it’s time to refocus that anxious energy. There is a practical way to lower grad school cost: winning a sweet graduate school scholarship.

Here’s seven tips to leave people barefoot (because you knocked their socks off) and get that scholarship:

1. Research

Don’t just start wildly applying for every scholarship. Take your time to find a scholarship that fits you and your graduate school goals. Often times, an organization will sponsor a scholarship that has specific applicant criteria. Check out the National Potato Council scholarship for example. Every year, they offer a $10,000 scholarship to graduate students in agriculture programs that support the potato industry. Potato agriculture may not be your cup of tea, but doing your research will help you find scholarships that seem like they’re designed just for you.

2. Carefully read the directions

You can apply this tip in many areas of life, but especially when applying for scholarships. Take a moment to think about the number of people applying for scholarships. Now think about how easy it is disqualify someone just because they didn’t follow the requirements. Take the time to read the scholarship directions. A good idea is to create a checklist of all the requirements, and mark off all the requirements before submitting your final application.

3. Know the audience

If you were a good fit to apply for the National Potato Council scholarship, then take the time to learn a little bit more about the National Potato Council. This is critical if you’re required to write an essay. It’s easy to forget that a real person is going to be reading what you write. If you know who you are writing to, then you can tailor your application and essay to that specific audience.

4. Plan out your essay

Need to write an essay? Then start off with this one word: outline! Put together the structure and key ideas of what you want to say first, and then get down to the task of crafting captivating sentences and seamless transitions.

5. Write passionately but be sure to edit

It is important to show passion when writing a scholarship essay. It lets the reader know that you care about your area of study. If you’ve done your research and found a scholarship that fits you and your goals, your enthusiasm will come out naturally in your writing. Just always make sure to edit your writing. Carefully editing your paper will help you catch any errors you made while passionately writing your essay

6. Get the help of a pro

Affect or effect? Who or whom? Do not lose the scholarship because of a correctable grammar mistake. Give it to to an english major or if your on campus while writing, take it by the writing center to ensure your essay is impeccable.

7. Celebrate

Congratulations, you did it! After you’ve put in the hard work and done the best possible job with your application, don’t be afraid to celebrate. In fact, don’t be afraid to plan your celebration before you even start your application. Often times, an extra incentive at the end of the process is a great motivator to do your best.

Have you had any success when applying for graduate school scholarships? Leave a comment below if you have tips to add!

College Checklist

Preparing to Leave for College

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Be prepared with the Cash4Books College Checklist

Getting ready for college is a fun and exciting time. For many college freshman, it marks the first experience living on their own. And as anyone who is living on their own realizes, living essentials don’t just magically appear on their own. (No matter how great of a job Mom did of making it seem that way. P.S. You rock moms!) When preparing to leave for college, it is best to be prepared so you don’t face problems such as:

  • You’re out of clean clothes because you didn’t bring any laundry detergent.
  • You can’t hang any clothes because you forgot clothes hangers.
  • You’re late to class for the fifth time in a row because alarm clock didn’t make it into your moving box.

How can you avoid facing these dilemmas and ones like them?

Use a College Checklist

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Click to view a printable .pdf

And that’s where we’ve got your back. With our college checklist, we’ve done our best to cover the essential items you’ll need when leaving for college. It is a great tool for college freshman and parents to ensure they are not forgetting anything when packing for college.

Click the image to view a printable version of the checklist.

A few bonus tips:

  • If you can, contact your roommate ahead of time. Not only is great to get to know them early, you can coordinate on the items you’re both bringing. For example, maybe you’re roommate has a TV and you don’t need to go out and buy one.
  • Check in with your dorm or off campus housing to see if there are any items that are not allowed.
  • The odds are your new washer and dryer will be quite different from the ones at home. Be a step ahead and learn how to use coin operated laundry appliances. Take a field trip to your local laundromat and get some practice beforehand.

Are there any college essentials that NEED to be added to our college checklist? Or do you have any tips for preparing to leave for college? Comment below!

Cash4Books Company Photo 2014

Here we are in front of our new warehouse in Hillsboro.  There are 16 of us, but we also want to give an honorable mention to the 13 temp staff that we have currently… without which, we wouldn’t be able to get through the seasonal volume!


Left to right: Brandon, Rebecka, Brad, Catrina, Kai, Claire, Breanne, Michael, Jim, Alex, Theresa, Kathy, Christina, Hannah, Tracie, and Nita.

We’ve Moved To A New Building

Front Entrance Cash4Books Sign

We’ve been busy planning since the beginning of the year, and we’ve finally done it… we are fully moved to our new location in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Our new address is:
21220 NW Amberwood Drive
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

Moving into a new building was an exciting but challenging experience. Through hard work and planning, we seamlessly transitioned into our new warehouse. Reflecting our commitment to customer service excellence, our goal for the move was to stay operational. We’re proud to say we met this goal and did not miss a full day of our standard business operations.

So, what does our move mean for Cash4Books.net customers?

  • We are still the same company striving to provide you with an excellent and fast online buyback experience for your books and college textbooks.
  • We have updated the free shipping labels we provide to reflect our new address.
  • For people looking to sell textbooks in the Portland metro area, we still have a front lobby and you can bring your books to us.

Without further ado, here is a picture of our new home.

New Cash4Books Textbook Buyback Warehouse

5 Easy Ways Graduate Students Can Make Money Online

5 Easy Ways For Graduate Students To Make Money Online
Attention, graduate students: there are easy money making opportunities waiting for you online.

And you can start making that extra cash today.

Over the years at Cash4Books.net, we’ve utilized our fair share of online services. We have used these services to get content for our marketing efforts, and also sell some of our extra inventory. Businesses are always looking for great content. And as a grad student, you have plenty of expertise in your chosen field to help these companies out. Start putting your knowledge to use and get paid!

Our goal is to make all things as easy as possible, so here are five easy ways graduate students can start making money online today.

1. Textbroker


Are you a great writer and have expert knowledge in your field? Then you are a perfect fit to use Textbroker.

All you have to do is set up a free writer’s account, and check off your areas of expertise. From there, you’ll be able to pick and choose from thousands of daily writing jobs. We’ve used their service in the past to get articles for this blog, and found the process to be easy and pain-free.

2. Ebay

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I’m probably beating a dead horse here, but you can sell stuff for money on eBay. Got an old collection of Beanie Babies from when you were a kid? Maybe some unopened Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures? Well, just do an easy search on their site and see if they are worth any money. Want a pro tip from Cash4Books? Scout for desirable products on eBay, and then search for them on craigslist or other local sites. Often times you’ll find the product for cheap, and then you can flip it on eBay for more cash.

3. Fiverr

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Fiverr is a super simple concept: users post things they will do for $5. Some are practical, such an SEO audit for your website or an animated explainer video. Then there are some that are just plain awesome! Such as recording a personalized rap music video done entirely with puppets. While everything starts at $5, you can add gig extras at your discretion to increase your pay. Such as offering the video in full HD, or promising a quicker turnaround. That’s how you can earn the most cash: entice them in with the $5 offer, and then make the gig extras so good, they have to add them on.

4. Blogging

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Creating a blog is so easy, my cat can do it (although I do have help her with the typing). But seriously, you can launch a blog in the next 15 minutes. We like WordPress, but you could also use tumblr, Blogger, or any platform you wish. All you have to do is share interesting opinions or expertise on your given field, and you’ll gather a following in no time. Want to jumpstart your blog readers? When you write a new article, share it on Facebook and Twitter.

With readers, comes the rewards. Set up your blog with Google AdSense and start getting paid for your content. You can also take advantage of affiliate programs for companies you think will resonate with your readers. You’ll get paid for sending customers to their websites.

Blogs are fun because you get to share your thoughts on a field you are passionate about, and you can get paid at the same time.

5. Cash4Books

Cash4Books: Sell Textbooks Online For Cash

This one is a gimme: you’ve got textbooks, we’ve got cash for you. Clear some space and get paid cash for those textbooks you’ll never open again.

Cash4Books.net is easy to use. We offer instant price quotes, free shipping, and fast payments. On average, we pay our customers within 13 days of shipping their books to us. We’re also nice, friendly, & fun: our customers have given us a 5 star rating on TrustPilot.

Sell your textbooks for cash today!