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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.
- 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!
[Note: This is part two of a three part series on How to Get a Scholarship. To read part one, visit Research and Planning.]
Scholarships are excellent tools for helping students pay for their education. Students can be rewarded with a scholarship for everything from their academic performance to their artistic ability. However, with all of the options available today, it is not always obvious which scholarships to choose or how to submit an application. The good news? Cappex is here to help you find the right scholarship opportunities for you.
- It’s important to research many different scholarships. You probably will not find a perfect fit on your first try, nor find one scholarship that can cover everything.
- Consider your financial need. If to this point, you are completely without any funding for school, choose a scholarship that gives you as much monetary help as possible. You may be able to find one that offers funding each year, instead of all at once.
- Consider your time frame. If the deadline is one week away, make sure you have enough time to complete the application and do a good job. If you don’t think you can, check to see if the scholarship is offered every year. You might be able to apply the next year, giving yourself more preparation time.
- Consider whom the scholarship targets. Choose only those scholarships that actually pertain to you. If you’re considering a scholarship for student musicians, do not try to fake a musical interest or talent. Choose one with criteria you meet – if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. It’s out there!
- Consider your competition. If this is a national scholarship, you know you’ll have to stand out among thousands of other students. If this is a private business or a local organization offering funding to a specific group, you may have a greater chance of earning that scholarship money.
- Consider the source. Make sure the organization offering the scholarship is legitimate and follows through. If it looks questionable, try to contact someone who can give you real answers and send you physical information on how you will receive funding. Make sure you know how to avoid scholarship scams.
- Bottom line? If you find a scholarship opportunity that immediately excites you, do it! Anything that gets you pumped up about education is a good thing. Trust your instincts.
- It may sound silly, but be sure to fill out the application completely! If you are lacking a component or have incorrect information listed, you run a great risk of being tossed out before even being considered.
- Don’t complete the application in one sitting, especially for those scholarships that ask for an essay. Create drafts, edit your work, and have someone else you trust look over your application and give you feedback.
- To make the application process easier, keep a master list of all of your credentials and accomplishments. Use this as a reference when applying to each scholarship!
- Be thorough and use concrete examples in your essay. Generalizing will not help you stand out!
Scholarships are becoming an increasingly crucial way for students from all walks of life to pay for their schooling. Scholarships open up doors and provide opportunities for college education that would otherwise remain out of reach. The hardest part? Getting started and finding the best scholarships for you! The good news? Cappex is here to help you find them.
First and foremost, don’t assume that you won’t qualify for scholarships! They are not just awarded for perfect grades or financial need, although those are certainly great reasons to apply for funding. Don’t give up before you’ve researched your options.
- Scholarships exist everywhere, even in unlikely places.
- Check with local businesses – often they have programs or small scholarships available to students planning to go into business or marketing.
- Churches, synagogues, and other places of worship may offer scholarships to students going into religious studies or those that have completed volunteer work.
- Look into opportunities at the schools to which you are applying. Sometimes scholarships are offered after a student has performed well for several semesters.
- Word of mouth can be a great tool. Let friends and family know you are on the lookout for scholarships. They may know of ones you’d be interested in or have advice where to look.
- Check out these cool essay contests.
- Take the PSAT (Practice SAT)! You can opt to have your scores sent to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which sponsors the PSAT. They offer scholarships to students with excellent scores. Plus, its great practice for the real SAT.
- Visit Cappex for scholarships that align with your interests or major. There is funding available for everything from the arts to engineering!
- Clear up scholarship myths and misconceptions by checking out these Scholarship Myths Debunked.
- Start early. Give yourself enough time to research, apply, and try again if for some reason your first few attempts are unsuccessful.
- Apply to more than one! Don’t be afraid of utilizing multiple scholarships to pay for your education. Just make sure that they don’t interfere with any Federal Aid you are receiving.
- Scholarships have deadlines. Again, the earlier you begin searching for the scholarship that is right for you, the better your chances are of completing the application on time.
- The PSAT has a sign-up deadline, too! Sign up early in the school year to take it when your high school offers it. Usually, the PSAT is offered in October.
- Set aside a small amount of time each day to do one thing on your scholarship To-Do List. Whether this is “Find One New Scholarship” or “Write INTRO to Scholarship Essay,” make time to do it. Small steps lead you to your big goals.
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