Basics of Seeking Scholarships and Awards
About the Author: Nicholas J. Garcia
aspires to become a cardiovascular surgeon. This summer
he is performing cancer research at Northwestern University
School of Medicine. Furthermore, he has started a chapter
of an organization that provides medical relief to impoverished
children around the world.
The Basics of Seeking Scholarships and Awards
The cost of attending a college or university has increased
monumentally in the past decade. Many families and their
prospective undergraduate students use cost as a major
determinant in the selection process, which although
inevitable, should not be emphasized as much due to
the value of a quality undergraduate education. Nevertheless,
the following are some of the basic guidelines that
will aid in reducing the cost of college in the form
of scholarships and awards.
Step 1: START EARLY Almost all scholarships require
their applicants to differentiate themselves from the
crowd so to speak. Find what you are passionate about
and pursue it to the fullest, whether if would be volunteering
at a hospital or running races for charity. Be creative,
for this will help in the application process.
Step 2: BRUSH UP ON WRITING SKILLS If you are not an
avid writer, you should definitely seek out someone
who can help. Nearly all scholarships require an essay
of some sort; some only use an essay as a means for
selection. Therefore, and essay can make or break an
application. Be sure that your writing is grammatically
correct and that it includes your own personal style
to set you apart from the other applicants.
Step 3: INTERVIEWING SKILLS Some scholarships require
an interview as a determinant. For these interviews,
it is important that you look professional so that you
can make a positive impression. This does not mean that
you have to go out and buy a suit or dress (unless you
want to) but rather that you should have an assertive
and confident disposition.
Step 4: TAP LOCAL RESOURCES Your school's library and
counselor's office will likely have a wealth of knowledge
for application processes as well as scholarship applications.
These scholarships and awards are often easier to apply
to due to the fact that you do not have to compete on
the national level. Make sure to keep track of the application
due dates so that you do not forget applications. It
would be a great idea to compile a list of local scholarships
along with their due dates so that you can check them
off as you go along.
Step 5: GO NATIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL After you have
sought out all local scholarships and awards, search
for applicable national or international scholarships
and awards. There are many useful scholarship search
engines such as www.fastweb.com
Final Words: Apply to as many scholarships and awards
as possible so that you can maximize your profits. Remember
that although you may have to work hard now, the money
that you will make will relieve yourself and your family
from the financial pressures of college.