Your Sophomore Year: It’s Scholarship Crunch Time

Have you started applying for scholarships yet? We get it – you’re only a high school sophomore. But scholarships aren’t only for seniors and college students. There are plenty of organizations that give college money to teens regardless of age or class year. Here’s what you can do to get your hands on some of that cash.

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Find Scholarships You Qualify For
Different scholarships have different requirements. Here are a few things many organizations take into account when they’re choosing a winner:

  • GPA or academic history
  • Ethnic background
  • Athletic ability
  • A history of volunteer work
  • Extracurricular activities or hobbies
  • Your planned major or course of study
  • The school you want to attend
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Unusual skills or talents
  • Religious affiliation

With so many scholarships (and requirements!) out there, it’s tough to figure out what exactly you’re even eligible for. That’s why your Cappex account only shows you the scholarships you’re a good match for. We don’t want you wasting your time applying for awards that you aren’t eligible to win – and chances are, you don’t either.

Get Organized
Once you have your list of scholarships, it’s time to get moving on those applications. Mark the deadlines on a calendar and write down all the application requirements. Do you need to send a resume, write an essay, get letters of recommendation, or create a video? Every scholarship is different.

Even if the closing dates are weeks away, get started now. Procrastinate too long and you could miss the deadline completely.

Cross Your Fingers and Hope for the Best
Chances are, you won’t get every scholarship you apply for. That’s why it’s so important to get started sophomore year – you have three whole years to build up money for college! With any luck, you’ll be able to win a few awards that will cut the cost of college significantly.

Good luck on those applications!

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Original Post Date: August 26th, 2015

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Your Freshman Year: Am I Eligible for Scholarships?

What do you think of when someone says “college?” Football games, parties, and new friends probably top the list of things that come to mind, but what about student debt? Chances are, this big part of the college experience probably pops into your mind from time to time.

But you’re only a freshman! What can you do about paying for school now?

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Believe it or not, scholarships aren’t only for high school seniors and college students. There are plenty of organizations that give college money to teens regardless of age or class year. Here’s what you can do to get your hands on some of it.

Figure Out What You’re Qualified For
Scholarships have all sorts of requirements. Here are a few things many organizations look for when they choose a winner:

  • GPA or academic history
  • Ethnic background
  • Athletic ability
  • A history of volunteer work
  • Extracurricular activities or hobbies
  • Your planned major or course of study
  • The school you want to attend
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Unusual skills or talents
  • Religious affiliation

With so many scholarships (and requirements!) out there, it’s tough to figure out what exactly you’re even eligible for. That’s why your Cappex account only shows you the scholarships you’re a good match for. We don’t want you wasting your time applying for awards that you aren’t eligible to win – and chances are, you don’t either.

Make a List of the Deadlines and Requirements
Once you have your list of scholarships, it’s time to get moving on those applications. Mark the deadlines on a calendar and write down everything you need to do for the application. Some scholarship applications are as simple as a tweet. Others require letters of recommendation, essays, or art projects.

Send in that application ASAP! We get it – it’s easy to get caught up in a Netflix binge or a Snapchat session, but the longer you wait, the more you risk missing the deadline.

Sit Back, Relax, and Watch the Money Roll In
It’s unlikely you’ll win every scholarship you apply for. That’s why you should send off as many applications as you can starting freshman year. Keep it up over the next four years and you’ll have a decent amount stashed away when it’s time to head off to college.

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Original Post Date: August 26th, 2015

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Your Junior Year: Why is it so Important?

Junior year is a huge year for college prep – but you knew that already, right? Just in case your parents, teachers, and counselor forgot to mention it, we’re here to remind you. Here’s why it’s so important to do well this year.

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It’s the Final Year Admissions Counselors See
Those high school transcripts you send off to your dream schools next year won’t have your senior grades or achievements on them – they stop at junior year. This is your last chance to make a good first impression on the person who decides your fate, so make it count.

You Can Finally Benefit From AP Classes
Most high schools only open Advanced Placement classes to juniors and seniors. So what’s the point in taking a harder class than your friends are taking? First of all, it looks better on your transcripts and helps impress those admissions counselors. But it also helps you save big bucks down the line – instead of paying several thousand dollars for a college class in a few years, you’ll pay a small fee to take the AP test at the end of this year. That means tons of savings, less student loan debt, and one fewer college class to worry about once you step on campus – it’s a win-win-win.

You Have Access to More Scholarships
Hopefully you’ve been applying for scholarships since freshman year. But since not all scholarships are open to underclassmen, you may have been missing out on free college money. Now that you’re a junior, there are dozens of extra scholarships you’re eligible for. Check out your profile to see which ones you’re a match for and start those applications ASAP.

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Original Post Date: August 26th, 2015

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