Tip #1: Get involved in something you are passionate about Every school counselor we interviewed had this piece of advice: “Be yourself.” Do not think of this process as trying to fit into some “scholarship winner’s” mold. Pursue activities that you enjoy doing and participate in organizations that you are passionate about. You are much more likely to stick with an activity if you enjoy doing it. There are thousands of organizations out there, looking to give money to high-achieving students, whatever the activity may be. Not every scholarship requires that you participate in a sport, that you be on the school newspaper, or that you play an instrument. Being the National Yo-Yo Champion will likely impress many scholarship committees.
Tip #2: Quality Over Quantity Pick a handful of activities and do them well. Most scholarship committees are not interested in seeing that you participated in dozens of activities for 5 minutes each, but would rather know that you dedicated considerable chunks of time to a few activities. Scholarship committees want candidates who have made significant progress towards a goal or who have achieved something meaningful. By really immersing yourself in an activity, you demonstrate that you are a committed and responsible person.
Tip #3: Don’t Just Participate, LEAD! Scholarship committees want people with initiative. They want students who will squeeze all they can out of the opportunity that a college education offers. Therefore, once you’ve selected the activities in which you are interested, it is important to display as much leadership and initiative as possible. Don’t just join the environmental club, start a recycling program. If you are in the Spanish club, run for treasurer. CollegeToolkit.com is your one-stop scholarship and college admissions resource!
Tip #4: Make Yourself Known Don’t be a stranger to teachers and school counselors. They can be great sources of information on college, scholarships, and other opportunities in your school and your community. Also, lots of scholarships require letters of recommendation. If you have built a strong relationship with a handful of teachers and counselors, they are better equipped to write effective recommendations. This could just be the difference between being a finalist and winning a scholarship.
Tip #5: Keep Track of Your Accomplishments Don’t just throw away your “A” papers or your 1st Place ribbons. Start a file where you can save all these important documents and awards. They will come in handy down the line when you are preparing your scholarship and college applications. An outstanding English paper could give you a great idea for a scholarship essay. A collection of your Speech Team ribbons could help you as you create a list of all of your high school achievements.
Tip #6: Be Confident Don’t sell yourself short. Most students have a story to tell about their high school accomplishments. The easiest way to be eliminated is by not applying at all.
CollegeToolkit.com talked with school counselors to help unravel the mystery of winning a scholarship. While there may be no “magic formula,” we did uncover some useful advice formaking yourself a great scholarship (and college) candidate.
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Use the Internet to Find Scholarships
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Okay, so you are ready to tackle the daunting task of finding scholarships to pay for college. And you want to use the Internet to expedite your search process. But there are so many scholarship services out there: which ones should you use? How do you know what qualities and features to look for in a scholarship search service? Should you use a fee-based service or a free one? And how do you avoid getting scammed while looking for awards? Use the following guide to determine what to look for and to help you find the service that will best fit your scholarship needs.
Profile Matches Are Key
First and foremost, find a scholarship search service that has sophisticated matching technology. A good scholarship search service will match the personal information you provide to them with scholarships that you are eligible to apply for. This will minimize the time you spend browsing through lists of awards, and will give you more time to actually work on the application process itself. Beware of simple keyword search services or services that only ask a few questions about your background. Many such services will return hundreds of scholarships for you to wade through, consuming valuable time that you simply don’t have. Look for services with easy-to-use, thorough profile pages that generate results closely matched to your profile.
Up-to-Date Scholarship Information
Secondly, find a scholarship search service that provides accurate and up-to-date scholarship information. Reading requirements for scholarship programs from two years ago will not help you at all; in fact, using outdated information will simply slow your progress in actually securing scholarship funding for college. Remember, you need to find a service that offers scholarship information for the current academic year. Don’t waste your time on websites with out-dated contact lists, broken application links, and discontinued programs.
An Easy Process
Make sure the service is set up to save you time. If you take the time to fill out the profile, make sure the information is saved so you don’t have to start from scratch each time you want to look for more scholarships. Also, make sure there is a way to edit and update your profile, in case you change your major or improve your test scores or change your mind about the college or university you want to attend. Search services with such customer-oriented features will save you time and frustration in the search process, and that’s what you should be aiming for: saving time, avoiding scams, and finding money to pay for college!
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