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#ScholarshipMarathon Mentioned by MTV Act

Thanks to our friends at MTV Act for spreading the word about The Scholarship Marathon taking place tomorrow! In the post, Wanna Get A Scholarship For College? Sign Up for #ScholarshipMarathon Right Now, you’ll learn all the necessary details about what you can expect at our free online event.

Cappex and College Greenlight are excited to provide students with scholarship search and application help – if you’re a high school student or current college student looking for alternative ways to pay for college, the Scholarship Marathon is for you. There are less than 24 hours left until the big day. Are you registered and ready?

The Scholarship Marathon: Final Checklist

We’re nearly there – only one more day until the Scholarship Marathon! We’re excited for the event and hope to see you tomorrow for a full day of scholarships, webinars, raffles, and giveaways. Remember, the event runs all day tomorrow from 9am-9pm CST.


If you haven’t registered yet, get started online at this link.

We’ve provided a few tips for last minute preparations to help you get off to a strong start and apply for as many scholarships as you can Saturday.

  • Make sure your Cappex profile is up to date after registering and browse through your list of scholarship matches. Use Competition and Effort ratings to prioritize your matches.
  •  If you have essays to start or complete, now’s the time to do so. Have a trusted mentor, friend, or family member review or proofread your scholarship application materials and provide feedback.
  • If your scholarship applications require supplemental materials such as transcripts and test scores, print and compile these details before the big day.
  • Lastly, but perhaps most importantly make sure your computer and internet connection are working. Whether you’re accessing the event online at home, the library, or any other location, find a space where you’ll be able to focus and take great notes.  If you share a computer with family members, make sure everyone knows you will need it during the marathon Saturday.

Throughout the day, you can upload proof of your completed scholarship applications on our site. Each application will be considered for hourly raffles of Amazon gift cards ranging from $25 to $100. Entries will also be considered for the $1,000 Scholarship Marathon Scholarship!

We’ll have plenty of chatrooms for you to visit where our team and scholarship experts will provide you advice about the scholarship process from how to pay for college to how to write more persuasive essays. You can also look forward to three awesome webinars hosted by different experts in the college and scholarship world:

11am CST: The Science Behind the Ultimate Scholarship Essay with Diane Melville of Transfer Bootcamp

1pm CST: Class of 2015 – How to Prepare for Your Future with Erin Howell of Cappex

3pm CST: Winning Big Money Scholarships with Klondy Canales of Scholarship Junkies

We hope you’ll join us for the Marathon tomorrow!


The Scholarship Marathon: Tips to Help You Prepare Your Scholarship Applications

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As The Scholarship Marathon draws nearer, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you prep your scholarship applications before the big event. These great tips will give you the momentum you need for a running start. Remember, the Marathon is a free online event and runs all day on Saturday, March 22nd from 9am-9pm CST. If you haven’t registered yet, get started online at this link!

Update Your Cappex Profile 
After registering for the Scholarship Marathon, make sure to update or complete your Cappex profile. Cappex features unique scholarship matching capabilities and you’ll want to dedicate 15-20 minutes to completing your student profile accurately because we use this information to provide you with scholarship matches that are your best fits. Have important academic information on hand, such as your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, and make a list of all the extracurricular and volunteer activities you are and have been involved in.

Organize & Build your Scholarship List 
Review your Scholarship List to determine which scholarships you will apply for during the marathon. You have the option to give each scholarship a status, such as “Will Apply,” or “Applied.” Use the Effort and Competition ratings to help you prioritize your matches and application process. Most likely, you’ll have a better chance of winning scholarships that have lower competition ratings. You can also get an early start on any scholarships that require more effort than usual. To expand your scholarships beyond your initial list of matches, click “Get More Matches Now” at the bottom of the page to indicate any options that you or your family members are affiliated including with organizations, employers, religions, ethnic heritages, disabilities, sports, and other qualifications.

Prepare your Essays
After you’ve starting building the list of scholarships you plan to apply for, go through each one to determine the amount of essays or personal statements you’ll need to write. Read through the scholarship application directions and essay prompts carefully and begin drafting outlines for each essay. For extra advice, check out our resource page on how to make your scholarship application stand out. On the day of the marathon we’ll have essay writing experts on hand to assist you with any questions you may have.

Ask for Letters of Recommendation and Nominations
For many scholarship applications, you might need to request letters of recommendation. It’s important that you choose someone who knows you well enough to provide positive examples of your academic performance, work ethic, and character. You may want to consider asking teachers or extracurricular leaders who are familiar with your abilities, such as your coach, guidance counselor, college advisor, community service leader, or boss. Once you’ve generated a list of adults you’d like to ask, reach out as early as possible. If they agree to write a letter for you, be sure to tell them the scholarship deadline and also make sure they understand how and where the letter needs to be delivered. After submitting your scholarship applications, don’t forget to express your gratitude by writing a thank-you note to each person who recommended you.

Check back on the College Insider next week – we’ll be publishing scholarship lists for high school and college students leading up to the Scholarship Marathon on March 22nd!