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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! 

The 2014 Scholarship Marathon: Hosted By Cappex & College Greenlight

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We know the scholarship search is priority #1 for the majority of college-bound students. Whether you’ve been churning through scholarship applications all season, are running behind on your search, or don’t know where to begin, the Cappex + College Greenlight Scholarship Marathon is the resource you need. Last year’s inaugural Scholarship Marathon hosted by College Greenlight was wildly succesful and this time around Cappex is joining in as a co-host for the 2014 event on Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00am to 9:00pm. 

What is The Scholarship Marathon? 

The Scholarship Marathon is a free online event that runs all day at Cappex.com. Anytime from  9am to 9pm CST, students can join us online to apply to scholarships, view presentations from scholaship experts, and win prizes. Last year, a number of College Greenlight Scholarship Marathon participants were rewarded for applying to an incredible amount of scholarships. The students efforts impressed both the Greenlight and Cappex team. 

How is The Scholarship Marathon different from applying for scholarships on your own?

During the Scholarship Marathon, students have access to one-on-one help from the Cappex team as well as free webinars from scholarship experts. The team will be on hand all day to answer scholarship application questions. The insider scholarship tips and advice will help you finalize your scholarship applications to put you on track to win money for college.

If you still aren’t convinced to register now, did we mention the bonuses? Hourly raffles and giveaways. Cappex will also award a $1,000 scholarship to the student who best represents the spirit behind the Scholarship Marathon. 

How to Participate

Simply register for the Scholarship Marathon online at this link! You’ll want to make sure to complete your Cappex profile to get matched to scholarships. On the day of the Marathon, you’ll log on to Cappex and click the Scholarship Marathon banner to join us online to upload proof of your completed scholarship applications, enter raffles and giveaways, ask scholarship application questions, and view free webinars from scholarship experts!

Click here to attend the 2014 Scholarship Marathon, hosted by Cappex & College Greenlight!

Staying Motivated During Your Scholarship Search

Staying Motivated During Your Scholarship Search

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The scholarship search can be a long and exhausting process. All those websites to search through…all those criteria to read…all those forms to fill out…. You may not want to hear this, but applying for scholarships is supposed to be difficult – you need to put forth a lot of effort in order to get rewarded. Because it’s such hard work, it can be easy to lose focus and fall behind on your search sometimes. Don’t let it all get to you! Follow these tips to keep yourself motivated and on track throughout your scholarship search.

Search early. Search often.

Start your scholarship search as early as you can. You’ll begin finding a large number scholarships once you’ve hit your junior year of high school. Throughout your junior year, make it a point to search for new scholarships about once every two weeks. Your senior year is when you’ll start to find tons more scholarships. At this point, it’s a good idea to search for scholarships at least once a week. At Cappex, we add tons of new scholarships each week, so be sure to check if any of the new ones apply to you. Continuously seeing new scholarships that you qualify for provides great motivation to keep up with your search. There’s always more to find!

Track. Track. Track.

Keep your own list of all the scholarships on your plate. Create a table or a chart that lists all the scholarships you will apply for, those you’ve already applied for, and even those you’re interested in or unsure about. Sort them by the deadline date so you can manage your time effectively. Put a nice big check mark next to those you’ve applied for. Checking items off your to-do list is an excellent way to see how much you’ve accomplished.

Budget your time.

Schedule a specific time of each week to work on your scholarship search and applications. For example, every Sunday night, you could devote two or three hours to your scholarship search and working on applications. Once you’ve set that time, stick to it! Scheduling something in this manner provides structure, and adhering to that schedule you set for yourself ensures that you will always be on top of your search. If you don’t have hours at a time to devote to your scholarship essays and applications, divide the work up into smaller chunks, such as an hour a night. Spreading out the work like this helps keep you energized and allows you to look at your work with fresh eyes each time you begin again.

Take a break.

Your eyes might be a bit glassy. You might be a bit tired. For those times when you end up spending many hours on an application or an essay, don’t forget to take a break to refresh yourself.  A break doesn’t mean browsing through your Facebook feed though! Step away from your computer and get your blood flowing again. For example, getting up and walking around your house for a little while, getting a snack or a beverage, splashing your face with cold water, walking up and down a flight of stairs a couple times, or going outside for a few minutes helps you decompress. When you return to your work, you’ll feel more energized and motivated to keep sprinting toward the finish line.

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