Applying for Scholarships

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‘Tis the season for scholarship applications! No, that isn’t something to get terribly excited about… As someone who hates competition, competing for money with other students has never been one of my favorite things to do, but it is, nonetheless, a great way to pay for college! Scholarships range from less than a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, and they can be specific to geographic area, area of study, religious affiliation, or school. Here are a few things to consider when applying for scholarships!

Apply for Lots and Lots

The more scholarships you submit applications for, the betters odds you have of winning some. How does one complete loads of scholarships applications while being a full time high school senior? Here are some suggestions:

  • Create a list of basic information: all scholarship applications will ask you for things like your address, which school you plan to attend, your GPA, extracurricular activities, and a list of your high school courses. To save time, compile all of this information in one document. Then, you can save time by copying-and-pasting the information into your applications, if they are digitized.
  • Scan paper applications: If your have lots of paper applications, you can scan them and save them as editable documents. Then, place a text box over each space for a response and copy-paste your information from the sheet directly into the form! This guarantees that your answers will be legible and look professional.

Read Applications Carefully

Check deadlines, requirements for letters of recommendation, and essay prompts very carefully. You don’t want to knock yourself out of the running with an easily avoidable error.

Proof-Read

Review your applications yourself, and then have a parent, teacher, or friend review them too!

Look Local

Scholarships offered by your school or within your community have a smaller applicant pool and there is a good chance you may know some of the people selecting the recipients. Though they may not offer as large a sum as national scholarship funds, little amounts can add up.

Search By Area of Study

Look up scholarships specific to your major. Those going into the scientific and medical fields (and particularly young women) are eligible for loads of STEM scholarship awards. If you are interested in the arts, look for art or essay contests.

Consider Weird Scholarships

You can win scholarships for anything from making your prom ensemble out of duct tape to speaking Klingon (seriously). Here is a list of 100 scholarship oddities.

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