Applying for Scholarships

A big part of going to college is paying for it! Not everyone is fortunate enough to afford the high expenses of college. This is where scholarships come in!

There are merit scholarships and financial aid that you can recieve from the schools you were accepted to. Merit scholarships are given based on ACT/SAT scores, GPA, and involvement in activites. Financial aid is given to those who need financial help from the federal government based on your specific financial need. Most often, you would take a look at the scholarship letter that you will recieve from your accepted colleges to make your final decision on which school you will attend. Money does factor in with which school you will choose, afterall.

To obtain Merit Scholarships you should follow these tips:

  • REMEMBER that all four years of highschool are important and contribute to your GPA! A bad year can bring you down.
  • Actually STUDY for standardized tests and PRACTICE! That was the thing I regretted most when getting ready for applying for colleges. You can retake the ACT/SAT as many times as you’d like, but it does cost money. The more you study the better you can do the first few times and not have to retake it.
  • DO NOT give in to senioritis! Yes school is almost over and you’re ready to leave highschool, but all the scholarships you recieved from your accepted schools can be taken away if you choose to do poorly the rest of your senior year!
  • Be INVOLVED at your highschool or through organizations/clubs outside of your school. If you are interested in an activity or sport, then pursue it! Colleges like to see commitment to activites and you can be awarded scholarships for doing what you LOVE!

Not only can you recieve scholarships from your accepted colleges, but there are plenty of outside scholarships that you can apply to. There are random scholarships that can give you money for simply being tall, or there are scholarships that you have to write essays for. These can all be found online and most websites will match you up with scholarships that you apply to. Here are a few of those websites:

  • Fastweb.com
  • ScholarshipExperts.com
  • CollegeProwler.com
  • Cappex.com
  • Scholarships.com
  • Zinch.com
  • ScholarshipPoints.com
  • NextStudent.com
  • ScholarshipExperts.com
  • SuperCollege.com
  • StudentScholarships.com

I use these websites and apply for a few scholarships once in while. Any extra money can help and even go towards buying books! Search around and you can find scholarships that fit you! Just remember to be original when completing these scholarships because you are competing with others for that money! Make it a chance to be creative and express yourself!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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