Scholarship Tips For High School Students
1. Create a checklist.
For starters, you’ll want to make sure that you keep track of your scholarships based on their due dates. So be sure to write down the exact dates (including the year) of when you need to submit applications and any other important information.
You could get even more specific by color-coding or using a highlighter to distinguish between different types of scholarships, such as those that are only available in your state or ones that are exclusively for women.
It is also helpful to add columns under each deadline so that you can check off whether an application is completed, pending review by the organization giving away money for college expenses like tuition fees and room and board costs; this will allow for an easier visual reference when it comes time to ensure all deadlines have been met with enough lead time in case there are issues further down the line such as incomplete forms needing revision before submission
You may also want some sort of note-taking system about what requirements each scholarship needs from applicants – this way if something doesn’t go according
2. Start early.
How early is too early to start looking for scholarships? Hint: it’s never too early. High school students have plenty of time on their side, and they should take advantage of that. Give yourself enough time to search, apply and complete all the requirements. Your references will also thank you for giving them plenty of time to write your letters. Starting college applications early is the best way to reduce stress in the fall of senior year, and the same goes for scholarships!
3. Spell check, spell check, spell check!
The most obvious tip is to actually *spell check* your application, but this is also the most often overlooked. We’re sure you’ve seen a news story about an elementary school spelling bee where a student misspelled “abracadabra” or some other embarrassingly simple word. This can happen to the best of us. A word that always confuses me is “necessary,” which I have awful luck remembering whether to spell with one or two C’s and S’s.
Don’t let this be you! Eliminate any chance of making silly spelling mistakes by utilizing your computer’s spell check or asking multiple friends or family members to proofread your application before submitting it.* You never know when someone might catch something that could have cost you big bucks!
4. Find a great recommendation letter writer.
A good recommendation letter can help you stand out from the boring crowd. When choosing who will write for you, consider the following criteria:
- Select someone who knows you well.
- Choose a member of your inner circle—a teacher, coach, or mentor—who will be able to highlight your strengths and offer honest commentary on your abilities.
- Make sure that person is also a solid writer (you don’t want someone whose writing style puts readers to sleep).
- Be certain that he or she has the bandwidth to write for you (and will actually do it ahead of time).
5. Get organized and stay on top of deadlines!
This is a crucial step that many students fail to implement. Keeping track of deadlines, your progress and how much money you’ve received will be important as you continue with the scholarship search process.
When using a calendar to keep track of your deadlines, make sure you set it up in a way that works best for you. If possible, set up notifications on your mobile device so that you will know when upcoming deadlines are approaching. When using a calendar to keep track of your deadlines, make sure you set it up in a way that works best for you. If possible, set up notifications on your mobile device so that you will know when upcoming deadlines are approaching.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. This is one of the qualities that separates people that succeed from those who fail. So many times people will put off asking for help because they’re afraid of what their friends and family will think. If they ask someone they don’t care about, then it’s not a big deal.
But if they ask their friends or family it means something else. It means you actually have an issue and need help, and your friends and family are going to try and solve it for you rather than just tell you to get over it. And if even after all that you still have problems? Ask yourself: am I willing to fix this on my own?
Follow These Tips To Apply For Successful High School Scholarship
With that said, there are some important tips and tricks to follow as you make your way through the scholarship application process.
- Your scholarship essay should be a reflection on why you want to pursue a particular college. An interesting narrative will have you stand out from other applicants and help the admissions committee see that you possess enough raw talent to go pro. Don’t try to be too creative or creative; stick with a structure that’s easy for you to read, but intriguing enough for the reader (and possibly us) to keep reading.
- Be sure to spell-check your essay before sending it out! It would never hurt anything if your scholarship essay was just as perfect as it could be, so commit yourself here!
High school scholarship.
You’re a high school student, and you’re looking for some scholarship opportunities to help you with the costs of going to college. Good news: scholarships for high school students are available from a variety of sources, from federal and state governments to foundations and corporations. To be eligible for most scholarships, you need to meet certain criteria—like having a minimum GPA or demonstrating financial need—but there are many awards out there that don’t have such restrictive requirements.
High school scholarships may be based on academic achievement, athletic ability, essay contests (for example, submitting an essay about what it means to be Spanish-American), community involvement, or other criteria. Each scholarship has its own application requirements and deadline; some require that you submit an essay while others may simply request your name and contact information.
Volunteering also helps you gain valuable work experience. Let’s say you volunteer at a local hospital and help transport patients from their rooms to the surgery area. While doing so, you learn to interact with people in a respectful manner, how to be on time and the importance of following instructions. These are all great qualities that can impress an employer or college admissions representative!
- Internships give you real-world experience.
- You can get paid for an internship. If you’re eligible for a paid internship, it can be a great way to earn money while earning college credit and building your resume. While many internships are unpaid, there is no shortage of companies willing to pay interns, particularly if they want to attract top talent. When looking at internship postings online or through your school’s career center, filter by location and/or field to see if there are any paid positions available near you (some could even be remote).
- You can get college credit for an internship. If scholarships were the carrot in the game of educational achievement, the stick would have to be that pesky student loan debt that most graduates end up with. Don’t worry—an internship might just save you from having too big of a student loan after graduation. Participating in an internship program can earn you academic credits toward your degree, which means less money spent on tuition and more time saved towards graduation.
Get the most basic scholarships first.
Getting scholarships is a numbers game, so you have to apply to as many as you can. It’s better to start with the easy ones and get them out of the way than it is to waste time applying for every scholarship available.
You should only apply for scholarships you are eligible for. So read the eligibility requirements carefully before applying, and don’t waste your time on ones that aren’t right for you.
As far in advance as possible, make a list of all of your activities and experiences (both in and out of school) that are relevant to the scholarship. Then craft essays tailored to each scholarship application and don’t forget that practice makes perfect! If possible, ask a teacher or school counselor who knows you well if they can help proofread your essay! Believe me – they’ll be happy too because they know how tough it is to win scholarships!
Don’t waste your time applying for scholarships that don’t fit you.
It’s crucial that you don’t waste your time applying to every scholarship you find (trust me, I’ve been there). Instead, find the scholarships that are right for you. Look at what the requirements for each scholarship entail and determine whether or not it’s a good fit for you. There is no point in applying for a scholarship where you’re not qualified because the company will just throw your application away.
Likewise, make sure that any scholarships that require a lot of work are worth it. You don’t want to spend hours on one essay and then get rejected because they ended up with hundreds of other applicants. Avoid these scholarships unless they offer a significant amount of money as well as an easy application process—like $10,000 or more in scholarships with three essays max!
Start early and be persistent!
Congratulations! You’re a high school senior and you’ve successfully navigated your way through the trials and tribulations of high school. Now that you’ve made it to this point, there are two things left to do: apply for scholarships and accept them! Though entering college is always an exciting time, applying for scholarships can be a daunting task. On top of that, students often don’t know what kind of scholarship they should apply for to get the most bang for their buck. Below are some tips that will help you take advantage of the opportunities available to you as a high school student.
- Start Early
It seems like everyone is talking about college applications being due after May 1st. However, getting started early also means taking advantage of these deadlines—because chances are good that your application will be considered before then if you start early enough. Remember—all this talk about “early decision” can mean different things at different schools so don’t let yourself become discouraged by their statements such as “ED deadline around March.” Take this as a signal to start looking at schools earlier than those dates may indicate and see how much earlier you can get started on your applications while still taking full advantage of those particular deadlines.”
Set up a system at a young age to organize your applications.
As a high school student, you will be applying for numerous scholarships. It is quite likely that each scholarship you apply to will have its own set of essay requirements and deadlines. It is important to keep track of the unique requirements and deadlines for each scholarship you apply to. Creating a system at a young age will help keep organized throughout your college career, as well.
Getting a full ride is possible.
While you may not have the grades to get into Harvard, there are plenty of other schools that offer full-ride scholarships. You just have to know where to look. Here’s a list of universities that offer full rides:
Now that you know what schools offer full rides, you’re ready for step two: applying. To apply for a full-ride scholarship, you must start your search either in the fall or the winter preceding your senior year of high school. The application process is often long and involves many steps, but it’s worth it if getting a free degree means avoiding thousands of dollars in student loans.
Selective schools can give you better financial aid packages than state schools.
I’m not a big fan of the idea of sending your child off to college without any firm understanding of what they intend to do with their degree. I know that’s only one part of college, but it’s a huge part. If you’re going to go to college, you need to have a good idea of what you want to get out of it (money or education, for example).
The best way for most students (especially those who aren’t sure about how much money they’ll need) is to look at selective schools that offer scholarships and financial aid packages. These schools tend to be less expensive than state colleges and universities because many students are already on scholarship there, which means that financial aid offers can be even stronger.
Some programs will also ask students if they want grants or loans instead if they don’t qualify for anything else. It may seem like you should stay in the state where the tuition is cheaper (and it is), but take my word for it: many free-ride types go into debt and never finish their degrees at all because they don’t realize how financially beneficial these scholarships can be
You can get free money to go to college!
There are a few important things to note about high school scholarships. First of all, the free money is out there! You just need to find it. It’s easy to think that you’re not smart enough for a scholarship or that you don’t qualify for any opportunities, but consider this: there are major companies like Google and Coca-Cola that are offering scholarships and other funding opportunities to students just like you, and they’re not necessarily looking for the smartest students—sometimes all you have to do is write a short essay!