Most high school students don’t worry about applying for scholarships for college, because they figure there’s financial aid or their parents will handle the cost. Well, that’s not always the best thing and they need to realize they have a responsibility to help as well. They can help by finding and applying for scholarships. Now scholarships are not only for the athletes or the musicians, there are several scholarships for anyone to grab. Here are 5 tips for College Scholarship Success.
1. Start early. This gives you more time to research and complete scholarship applications. Plus, starting early shows those who are awarding scholarships that you’re a motivated student!
2. Apply for any scholarships. You shouldn’t overlook scholarships with smaller awards. The more you apply, the better your odds of winning. PLUS, they can quickly add up to help cover college expenses.
3. Don’t be afraid of scholarships that require you to write an essay. A well-written essay can be your ticket to standing out from the crowd. If you don’t have great writing skills, consider working with your high school guidance counselor or attend a writing workshop for help.
4. Look beyond your grades. You don’t have to have a 4.0 to qualify for scholarships.
5. Ask for help. Your high school counselor is a great sounding board when it comes to scholarships.
Here are a few scholarships to help you get started:
If your freshman or sophomore follow these tips their chances for College Scholarship Success should be phenomenal. Don’t worry though, if scholarships aren’t right for you, there are other ways to help save money on a College education.
1. Colleges, states, and the federal government give out grants, which you do not need to pay back. They are awarded based on financial need, and determined by the income reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
2. Work-study jobs. These are part-time jobs on or nearby campus for eligible students, depending on their finances and the funding available at the school. A FAFSA form must be submitted in order to qualify.
When I went to college, I didn’t have a scholarship, I ended up with a Grant. It paid for my books, my classes and I didn’t have to worry about paying for anything or paying anything back! Some of my friends earned scholarships, but I didn’t go to College right after high school, and when I was ready to go back to school, I didn’t think a scholarship would be helpful.
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