Happy New Year: Time to Renew Your Scholarship Search
This year, commit to applying to 52 scholarships. It's easier than you may think!
By Kathryn Knight Randolph
December 28, 2016
5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1! That’s not just the countdown to the New Year; it’s the countdown to your scholarship search.
If you’ve never applied to a scholarship – or haven’t applied to one in weeks, months or years – now is as good a time as any to change that. While some scholarship applications require a great deal of time and effort, others just necessitate a few minutes of your time. With that, we recommend setting a scholarship resolution with yourself: to apply to 52 scholarships this year.
That’s just one scholarship a week, and you can devote as much or as little time as you may have available to apply to opportunities. Here’s how you can get started:
1. Fill out or update your Fastweb profile.
At Fastweb, we update our scholarship database on a daily basis. That means that every time you log in, there are new scholarships on your matches list for which you qualify. To better help us match you to scholarships though, we need your most up-to-date information. Have you moved, added new extracurriculars to your resume or improved your GPA? If so, we need to know!
It’s best to update your profile on Fastweb every few weeks so that we’re aware of the changes and matching you to scholarships accordingly.
2. Log in to Fastweb at least once a week.
As mentioned above, we’re constantly adding new scholarships to your matches list. You wouldn’t want to miss out on an opportunity that you have a good chance of winning so we suggest you visit Fastweb at least once a week to see what we’ve added to your list. Subscribe to our emails to get notifications of new scholarship matches as well as unique contests and promotions that can help you pay for college.
3. Commit to one scholarship application each week.
Pick one scholarship from your matches each week for which to apply. It can be a simple scholarship that just requires you to fill out a form or a more lengthy application with an essay, letters of recommendation or an interview. Keep in mind that you have a better chance of winning scholarships that require more work, whereas easy applications garner more applicants. Whatever you choose to do, keep in mind that applying for scholarships is a numbers game. The more you apply to, the better your chances of actually winning.
4. Keep it up!
If you miss a week, don’t get discouraged. Each week or each month is your chance to start fresh. Also, this New Year’s Resolution isn’t just reserved for high school juniors and seniors. Scholarships are available to all ages and years in school. If you’re a junior in college, an MBA candidate or a returning student, this challenge is just as relevant to you. Again, make sure your Fastweb profile is updated to reflect your year in school, location and any other characteristics that apply to you or your situation.
New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be hard to keep – especially a resolution as easy as this. What’s more – you could reap real benefits, like extra money to pay for college – by committing to one scholarship application per week. Get started now or check out other expert tips to help you land a big scholarship win. Good luck – and Happy New Year!
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