Tap the College Cash Machine

Aspiring students don't have to be top athletes or scholars to get scholarships and grants. But they do have to apply themselves

Want to win your way into college? Higher education is the ultimate prize, say creators of The Scholar, ABC's (DIS ) newest reality TV series that has overachieving high school seniors from underprivileged backgrounds competing for scholarship money. Contestants include a home-schooled kid who works up to 80 hours a week to help support his family, a Russian immigrant who spends her free time doing stem-cell research, and a single mom's child who passionately studies Spanish, ancient Greek, and Latin. Of course, all 10 rank at the top of their class and have high SAT scores to boot.

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