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20 Tips For Applying For College Scholarships

As seniors begin to celebrate their final year in high school, their thoughts quickly race to senior prom, senior pictures and grad night. However, it is just as important that they focus some of their energy into applying for college scholarships.

It is estimated that more than 9 million students receive grants or loans from the Department of Education each year. Despite the $83 billion that they will award this year, students and families must look at additional options to help pay for college including scholarships. Below are 20 helpful tips to begin the process.

APPLICATION PACKETS:

1. Request packets in advance.

2. Make copies of the packet information in the event you make anY errors and need to redo the
application.

3. Type your application packet.

4. If you do not have a typewriter consider having the document scanned and put on a disk.

5. Print your information on the application (only as a last resort).

6. Have your application reviewed for typos and clarity.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

7. Send out the application a week before the application deadline.

8. Keep a copy of the completed application for your records.

9. If the packet needs to be received within a few days considering sending it overnight.

10. Do NOT send your application late, it reflects poorly on your organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:

11. Request letters of recommendation well in advance of deadline.

12. Request letters from individuals that can speak to your accomplishments.

13. A generic letter is worse than having a missing letter.

14. Provide your writers with prepaid postage envelopes.

15. Provide your writers with a resume or brief portfolio of your accomplishments and activities.

16. Follow-up with your writers to be sure that your letters of recommendation have been
mailed.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

17. Include all extracurricular activities during high school.

18. Include activities that occur sporadically.

19. Service activities are necessary to be competitive.

20. Activities that demonstrate leadership qualities are also important.

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How to Be Successful at College Life

How to be Successful at College Life

In order to be successful at college life you must make a commitment to studying throughout the day. A lot of people have dreams of going to college but they never get started. Fear can be a big road block that will prevent you from reaching for your goal. Find positive people who can help you to overcome your fears. You may need a to meet all of your professors each semester. A good study group can give you the encouragement to keep going toward your degree. Once you have some ideas of what you want to do begin to write down all of your career goals. Look for people who are successful in your classes and meet with them. Ask them for advice. Don’t be afraid to get the help that you need in order to be a productive and organized college student.

In order to be good at anything in college you must make sure that you have a good follow through on your goal. You must make all of your goals measurable. If you want to accomplish great things make your goals measurable. For example if you want to earn a college degree indicate how many years you will take to complete your degree. You must know what will help you to accomplish your goal and what will distract you. You can measure yourself by keeping track of your grades and the grade point average that you are earning each semester. You could also indicate how many times that you plan to meet with an instructor each semester. You can also write down how often you will meet with a tutor. Getting the help that you need right away will make you a successful student every semester.

Here are other tips:

1. Learn something new from your failures and successes

2. Write down measurable goals

3. Get organized and know where you are going

4. Have several professors who you regularly talk to

5. Hang around students who have more experience than you

6. Take action steps toward your goal every day

7. Attend informative conferences and networks

8. Have strong faith and give thanks for all things

Your level of success is up to you. Don’t give up! Position yourself to learn and move forward. Obstacles are made to be jumped over or moved out of your way. Give your best and make a daily commitment to keeping your motivation and you can be good at achieving your goal to graduate from college.