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How to Win that Scholarship and Keep It
None of us are made of money, and I definitely don’t see it sprouting off the limbs of tall plants. Face it, we’re college students! We just moved out and are struggling to cut financial ties. College is costly, and it’s almost impossible to make it through without any debt. But who wants to start their life career $20,000 in the hole? Scholarships can help a lot. Just by being the best student you can, your school or other donators will help you make it through. What a deal! It isn’t easy, though, and you definitely have to work at it. Here’s how to get that scholarship and keep a hold of it: Acquiring Your Scholarship It can be done! Though there are many students out there, attaining a scholarship is definitely possible. Following these helpful hints will get you on the right track! Start Early: It’s never too soon to start checking out scholarships and making yourself competitive. If you’re still a high school student, don’t put it off now! It’s as simple as getting good grades and participating in multiple extracurricular activities. Volunteer and explore new careers, join clubs and be involved. These are great ways to prepare to qualify for a scholarship, and you’ll grow along the way. Get Great Grades: Whether you’re in high school or are already halfway through college, grades are important. The most important thing is education, but grades are what people will glance at to ascertain how well you learned the information. This includes scholarship committees! A high GPA can be a huge factor in determining who gets the scholarship and who doesn’t. Stand Out: Scholarship application reviewers read thousands and thousands of applications. Make yourself be the one that pops off the page! Be well rounded and interesting; this will get you noticed and get you mullah. Specialize: Find your niche and specialize within it! Often, there are scholarships just for a certain major, club, or sport. If you’re good at what you do and have a great background in other activities as well, it’s practically a guarantee that you’ll be rewarded. Keeping Your Scholarship This one can be rough, sometimes. Colleges award scholarships more freely than they extend them, and there are usually stipulations associated with keeping your scholarship. Maintain Minimum GPA: Staying above the minimum grade point average is very important in keeping your scholarship. As stated above, GPA is usually the first thing glanced at in a scholarship application, and it can be a huge deciding factor in retaining a scholarship. If you fall below the grades allowed, they will revoke your grant, no question. If there is no such stipulation attached to your scholarship, it’s still a good idea to keep up those grades. Scholarship committees want to see a committed and hard working student given that money, and grades are visible proof of those traits. Show them your stuff! Keep Your Application Evolving: Each time you reapply for your scholarship or try for a new one, make sure your application has grown since the last time you wielded it. As college students, we’re busy, but make sure you find time to expand yourself and try new things. Add meat to that resume every year! What to Do When You’re Without Sadly, even after all these things, sometimes your luck just runs dry. What to do? There are still options. The Internet: Google search will get you far in your scholarship quest. Typing in ‘undergraduate scholarships’ will bring up thousands of great hits. Try using a website like FastWeb or Scholarships.com where you can set up a profile of your interests, and it will match applications for you specifically. Check it out! Many of these scholarships take less than five minutes to apply for. Keep Searching: Awards are given out within majors, clubs, and all kinds of different places. Keep looking for special prizes within your niche, and keep working hard. You’ll be noticed. Never Give Up: This tip may be the most important, for perseverance is always rewarded. Don’t let the first few failures get you down; keep on trying and keep making yourself more competitive. You’ll get there! Hard work always pays off, and you’re making yourself a better student and more well rounded person in the process. There are hundreds of thousands of scholarships available, and the harder you work at it the more likely a candidate you become. Paying for college can be a torture process, but scholarships can be like the Band-Aid that lessens the pain and gives you security. Work hard at it, and you’ll succeed! Scholarship money is within reach.
Mon, 2011-08-08 00:57#2
I probably do not have to say
I probably do not have to say this, but I will anyway because it is true: scholarships are awesome. It is a common fact that college is ridiculously expensive, but once you receive your first tuition bill, it is absolutely shocking once you realize that the college actually expects you to pay the amount listed on the bill. I have never been in possession of more than one thousand dollars let alone the amount that it costs for one semester of tuition. Apply for every single scholarship you can. I can assure you, it will make your life so much easier.
Wed, 2011-09-07 00:00#4
Yes scholarships are awesome.
Yes, scholarships are awesome. Out of the two universities I applied to, one offered me a scholarship. But I turned it down, because the overall cost was low for the other university. It also had a good ranking. Anyway, I did the mistake of not starting to apply for a scholarship at my university early. My advisor blatantly told me that international transfers have no scholarship's funds available unless you have like 4/4. Well, I was a good student , but not that good. So, I stopped trying. BIG MISTAKE. I learned from a friend that there are other funds available for transfers. But , by the time I found out about them, it was too late..:/
Tue, 2012-12-11 08:01#5
Scholarship is COOL
What you have posted is a great help. I have tried being a scholar for I think 3 semesters. I didn't really worked for it since fortunately, my family could afford to send me on a private college but I told them that I want to try how it feels being a scholar. At first my mother did not agreed because she don’t want me to feel pressured in maintaining that grade or so, she wanted me to enjoy my studies, enjoy while learning she would mean, so she didn't agreed. But my father was a scholar during his high school and college days and she told my mother that being a scholar is awesome, so she finally agreed. I then applied for the school magazine’s publication club and applied for the scholarship granted to those who are members of the said club. and I almost felt like I don’t want to continue applying for it, because you have to be interviewed by the bosses of the school, you have to run after those whose signatures are needed for this and that, you have to comply with this, apply for that, photocopy this, take a picture of yourself and all those things that almost discouraged me. What made me continue is the feeling that I really wanted the scholarship, this could be of great help (financially) to me because of all these things that are needed just to have this. Finally I got the scholarship and 60% from my tuition was deducted! Mom gave me the 60% of my tuition and the feeling was so rewarding. I continued the scholarship for 2 semesters because I really find it very challenging and fun, but then eventually, I gave it up because someone else needed it.
That was one experience of a lifetime.