Let’s be honest: money is one of the biggest factors in determining what college you will spend the next few years of your life and scholarships are an easy way to chip away at the cost of your college education.
One of the most important things to remember when beginning your scholarship search is actually quite simple: the more, the merrier!
Many people get discouraged after applying for a few scholarships and not winning. However, through my experiences, you will usually need to apply for many scholarships before winning one.
Here are some reminders to help you stay on top of your scholarship search:
1. Don’t Get Discouraged
I know many people in my class that would simply give up once they didn’t win the first few scholarships that they applied for. Don’t give up! The little amount of time that it takes to continue applying for scholarships after initial denial is well worth the money you will receive.
2. Utilize Scholarship Searches
If your school publishes a local scholarship list, utilize it! At my high school, there is always a list of local scholarships sent out to the senior parents, and it is extremely helpful to have a list of several available scholarships in front of you.
Additionally, online scholarship search engines which match students to scholarships, like Fastweb, are extremely beneficial and can really pay off in the long run.
3. Make a Scholarship Goal Chart
One thing that will really motivate you to stay on top of the scholarship search is a scholarship goal chart in your room. Continue to highlight monetary amounts you win from scholarships until you reach your goal! Seeing this every morning will keep the search fresh in your mind.
4. Schedule Days to Work on Scholarship Applications
Most high school students are actively involved in extra-curricular activities in one way or another and it’s often hard to find time to work on scholarship applications.
However, you will make things much easier on yourself by scheduling some time every weekend to apply for scholarships. Having a schedule will keep you on top of your search.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that scholarships are a vital asset for you as a college student. Any money you can get, whether $500 or $5,000, will benefit you when you need money for college costs.