Guest article provided by Ricky
Tuition fees for college have been on the rise for the past few years and it is getting increasingly tough to find money to cover the costs of higher education. So it’s really no surprise that scholarship programs are more in demand than ever.
So if you aspire to go to college with a scholarship, you are going to have to pull out all the stops and set yourself apart from the competition. Here’s how:
Volunteering in any capacity shows that you are willing to give back to your community and will generally reflect well on you. In particular though, if you can volunteer in a capacity related to your area of study you will show real commitment to your field.
See a Guidance Counselor
Your guidance counselor is there to help you with your applications, he will have a lot of experience and getting to know him will enable him to pick out your strengths and help you to make the most of them.
There is never any harm in doing research and when considering colleges it is worth checking whether they have any internal scholarships that you might be eligible for. If you are accepted for more than one of your choices this could be a deciding factor.
You might be surprised by just how many small local scholarship opportunities exist. Ask around with local businesses, councils etc… Local programs are also generally much less competitive too.
Apply For Small Scholarships
There are some smaller grants available and the competition is lower because most students don’t bother. If you can apply for a $200 grant you might have a pretty good chance of getting it and it’s certainly worth half an hour for the application. Every little helps.
The best scholarships fill up early and applying at the last minute is a dangerous thing to do. Aside from that, you have to believe that applying early looks good – if your application goes in on the final day it makes you look disorganised or unmotivated.
Start researching your financial options in your first year of high school, make a list and make a plan so that you know what you need to do. Additionally, applying early will take the stress out of your final year and you will have more time to focus on getting good grades instead.
Letters Of Recommendation
If you have researched your options early like you should you will have plenty of time to think about who could give you a letter. Make the effort now to cultivate relationships so that when the time comes you will have someone you can ask.
Finally, remember that there are a lot of people who want to be bankrolled for their degree, put in 100% of your effort into getting a place, but don’t rely on being successful. Start saving now so that if you don’t get a scholarship, or if it is small that you had hoped you will still be able to go.
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