Seven secrets to winning scholarships and academic awards
By Rondalynne McClintock M.Ed.
Finding scholarships in the 21st century is easy; winning scholarships takes WORK. That’s good news for you! If you are willing to put in the work you can win scholarships. In fact, you can have the money you need to attend college before you finish high school! All you have to do is get smart about winning.
Secret # 1 – Get Smart about Getting Funds
Getting smart does not just mean getting “all A’s.” Getting smart does not take attending “the best” High School. Getting smart means understanding how to use the opportunities available to you right now, where you are.
It means knowing:
The best part of getting smart about scholarships is that you can learn how to do it. With the information you’ll learn in this e-book, you can get paid now for activities you’ve done or things you want to do. Most scholarships are awarded to students for performing community service, writing essays about community service, talking about your future goals, or describing what you think the future will bring. Imagine winning $500 just for writing about your ideas!
At Scholarship Club meetings, we discuss ways to leverage homework with academic contests. For example, suppose you have to write an essay about world peace for your history class. You can research current essay contests on that topic, write your class-assigned paper, turn it in, ask your teacher to grade it. Let him/her know that you want to enter the paper in an essay contest. With the corrections and updates in place – enter an essay contest.
Secret # 2 – Know How It’s Done
Learning the secrets to winning scholarships for higher education will tell you what you need to know while you’re still in High School. Here is how it’s done; start by creating your own Scholarship Application Pack. To create your Scholarship Application Pack you’ll need to get a calendar or use a Calendar App, start applying for scholarships, prepare for the interviews, and send a “Thank You” note after each interview.
Here’s a list of what you need to have to begin applying for scholarships:
Use a Calendar App to keep track of your:
There are a lot of great calendar applications to choose from. I like the Google calendar app for lots of reasons; primarily because it’s free and easy to use. I also like the Tiny Calendar app because it works on both iOS and Android platforms.