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6 Scholarship Resolutions for the New Year

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2014 has arrived! The beginning of each New Year is a time of excitement where you see the opportunity to set and achieve new personal goals. As you begin making your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about scholarships. Maybe last year you didn’t win the big scholarship you were really hoping for. Maybe you didn’t apply to as many as you would have liked. This year, vow to get scholarship savvy.  Here are a few resolutions that will help you ring in the scholarship wins this time around:

1. Search early.

Procrastinating limits your options. Aim to begin your college scholarship search as early as possible. Doing so will allow you to find the most scholarships and spend time preparing great applications. Start by looking at your scholarship matches on Cappex.

2. Go local.

Apply for more local scholarships. Many students focus on applying to national scholarships, unaware of the fact that a wide range of scholarships exist just for students in their community or region. Local scholarships have less competition, so you’re more likely to have a better chance of winning an award.  Even though local scholarships are typically award less money than national scholarships, multiple awards can add up to create a substantial dent in college expenses.  

3. Strategize & organize.

Scholarship applications can be overwhelming, so map out a game plan. Create tangible goals and set a certain number of scholarships you would like to apply for. Manage your list of scholarships by organizing each by deadline and give priority to ones that require more work such as essays and special projects.

4. Make the most of your resources.

Make more of an effort to reach out to resources such as your guidance office, career center, or financial aid office. If you have access to these, take advantage and pay them a visit. They have piles of information on scholarships and are eager to share them with students.

5. Keep your grades up.

Even though many scholarships do not have GPA requirements, doing well academically will only increase your chances of winning. You never know what scholarship opportunities there might be in the future. A higher GPA may mean that you qualify for even more scholarships next year.

6. Take on a new activity.

Grades won’t do it alone. A great way to stand out on your scholarship application is to become involved activities at school and in the community. Look for organizations and clubs that align with your interests or career goals. If you were actively involved in an organization last year, show your growth by taking on a leadership role.

These and any other New Year’s resolutions may be hard to keep up, but stay committed and you’ll inevitably find success! 

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New Year, Improved You: Making Resolutions For 2014

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Take a few minutes to reflect on 2013 – do you remember your resolutions from January 1st? What worked well? What didn’t work at all? Do you even remember what your resolutions were?

When beginning a new year, we enter with a lot of enthusiasm, momentum, and overall excitement for what is to come. Especially for the clean slate. But sometimes we lose steam, focus, and motivation to hold ourselves and our goals accountable.

Before you pen your list of New Year’s resolutions, ask yourself this question: What do I really want to improve? Read on for some 2014 resolution suggestions:

  • Get Healthy

First off, take it easy on yourself. You’re busy, you’re on a budget, and no one transforms into a model overnight. Begin with setting realistic, long-term goals. Getting healthy has nothing to do with weight loss but everything to do with losing the unnecessarily bad food! (Little secret: just by adjusting your diet you’ll lose the weight anyway as your body’s way of saying, “thank you.”)

Start here: Set workout goals that fit your schedule (aim for three days a week), make the conscious effort to eat one more fruit or vegetable per day, vow to sleep for longer periods of time, and cut back on your caffeine intake.

Think of your resolution as an ongoing process throughout the next 12 months and eventually it will become your lifestyle.

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  • Devise A Game Plan

Write out a blueprint. Step by step. Know exactly what goals you would like to accomplish and by when. Hold yourself accountable for those goals. Be consistent. Remember that if you wrote it down it must mean something to you. Why not make 2014 a personally productive year?

P.S. Reward yourself! Not everyone can be strict with their goals, so every time you have a victory (big or small) - spoil yourself.

  • Make A Budget

Perhaps a part of your game plan is to travel more. Maybe it is to join a new gym or attend a fitness class. Possibly it is to change your eating habits and go gluten free or vegan.  Unfortunately money trees don’t exist, so all of these things require money.

So along with your blueprint, include a section for finances. Figure out how much the essentials cost and then map out how much extra you will need to do the activities you’d like to participate in. Check out this website for tips and a template.

Tip: Try to only use your credit card for the necessities – ask yourself, do I want it or do I need it?

  • Apply For Scholarships

The average amount of student debt in 2013 was almost $30,000 according to CNN Money. Whether you’ve already embarked on your undergraduate career, are about to graduate high school, or have just entered a graduate program – it’s important to use all your resources to keep your debt to a minimum.

So, carve out some time to apply for scholarships at least a couple times a month for an hour or two. There are multiple scholarship deadlines every month, so no excuses!

Create a student profile with Cappex to search and locate multiple scholarships to aid with your financial situation and specific needs.

  • Be Persistent

Every year is filled with highs and lows or ups and downs. We all have our own personal struggles and our situations are uniquely different. And as difficult as it may sound, try not to lose focus on the resolutions you have for 2014.

Adjusting to a new lifestyle, working towards new goals, and changing certain learned behaviors can be extremely trying. You may slip up on the way but as opposed to stressing out and wasting energy, think of ways to get back on track to making 2014 the greatest year.

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