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How to Get a Scholarship: Results and Your Next Step

[Note: This is part three of a three part series on How to Get a Scholarship. To read parts one and two, visit Research and Planning and Choosing and Applying.]

How to Get a Scholarship: Results and Your Next Step

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After researching, choosing, and applying for a scholarship, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself! Then, gear up to receive results and take the next step in your journey to college education. The good news? No matter what the results, Cappex is here to help.

After Applying

  • Check to see if there is a way to track the status of your application. There might be a timeline offered by the organization to track the application process.
  • Find out how the organization will notify you with results. If it’s through email, be sure to check your email (and keep an eye on that pesky Spam folder) regularly. If it’s through the US Postal Service, be sure you don’t throw out any mail that might pertain to your scholarship.
  • Don’t bank on one scholarship – continue researching your options to maximize your chances of earning college funds.

Results: The Good

  • Congratulations! You’ve won a scholarship!
  • If you don’t know already, find out how the funds will reach you. Will it be through a check or through your university? Make sure you know how and when the scholarship will be applied so you can track the transactions.
  • You basically have a first draft of a college essay written. Cool! Use it on your college applications when it is relevant.
  • Start budgeting and planning how you can use your funding most effectively. If the scholarship can be applied anywhere, decide what works best for you financially.
  • Try to calculate what you will still owe after using your scholarship money. Then, apply for more scholarships!

Results: The Bad

  • Don’t freak out if you didn’t win the first few scholarships for which you applied. This is totally normal – you’re not going to win them all.
  • Keep looking. Keep digging. Keep asking and researching opportunities. Talk to your guidance counselor if you are having trouble. They may have some secret weapons and places to look.
  • Ask the organization that denied your application for notes on why you were not accepted. They might be able to offer good advice on your writing skills. It also might be reassuring to know that they just had too many applicants this year and it was only a matter of numbers.
  • Don’t give up! Try filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) if you have not already.

The most important thing to remember is that time spent on scholarships is time well spent. They are terrific opportunities with many benefits. You gain experience and the good feeling of working hard towards something special – your college years!

How to Get a Scholarship: Research and Planning | Choosing and Applying | Results and Your Next Step

4 Ways to Answer the Question Most High Schoolers Dread: “Where are you going to college?”

tips-for-choosing-college-courses1-300x254As rising seniors, there will be certain things you’ll get excited for over the summer, like getting to hang out in the senior courtyard, take the classes you’ve been waiting to take or any other perks that only seniors get.

The one thing you might not be prepared for is the question that most students wind up dreading:

“So, [insert name], where ya heading off to college next year?”

Why does this question get annoying? Well, for one, you might not know the answer. And for another, any question that is repeatedly asked by anyone and everyone you happen to come in contact with will make you feel like you accidentally stepped into a never-ending inquisition.

So here are 4 ways to repeatedly answer the most dreaded college question:

1. RUN
As soon as you notice the words forming in your podiatrist’s lips, hop off the chair, and run out the door–you can send a pigeon for your shoes later.

If you are not a good runner, or you haven’t trained your pigeon to carry heavy objects quite yet, the next 3 options might be for you.

2. I’m Still Searching
You might have zero clue where you’re going. In fact, depending on the time of year someone asks you the question-that-shall-not-be-named, you might only be in the beginning of your college search. If this is the case, be honest. Let the inquisitor know you’re really not sure. You can tell them about the schools you might apply to, or which schools Cappex has introduced you to. Keep your answer short and sweet.

3. Magic
Don’t underestimate your magician-like skills as a conversationalist. Utilizing the magician’s method, you can make it seem like the question never existed by artfully changing the subject. This takes skill, but, hey, David Copperfield didn’t just make the Statue of Liberty disappear one random morning–he honed his craft (and had a big crew).

4. Bore your listener
If you really want to teach the person who asked the dreaded question a lesson, give them all the gory details. They’ll realize how much is behind the question–the hours you spent studying for the ACT/SAT, the conversations where you asked your favorite teacher to write you a recommendation, more hours you spent studying for the SAT II’s, asking a teacher you didn’t like that much for a recommendation, figuring out what to write your college essays about, joining the 10 different clubs that all raise money to help children–the list goes on!

The more you elaborate, the less likely that person is to ever assault another high schooler with the question:

“So, where you going to college?”