What can I do to increase the change of a full ride scholarship?
Or bigger scholarships in general. I know they're very hard to come by, but academics are a strength of mine so I figured I'd might as well see how I could continue to increase my potential of one.
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Some scholarships for college are merit-based. You earn them by meeting or exceeding certain standards set by the scholarship-giver. Merit scholarships might be awarded based on academic achievement or on a combination of academics and a special talent, trait, or interest. Other scholarships are based on financial need. You can learn about scholarships in several ways, including contacting the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend and checking information in a public library or online.
Start with having a solid academics background. Then top it off with a variety of extracurricular activities. Most effective if the activities show case your talents, interests, or passion.
Private schools are more expensive, but they also have more money to dole out than state schools. Look into all criteria for certain scholarships for your schools of interest. Some school will give out full rides from general funds (in my case) or they will give out full rides from a named scholarship program (like Heinz scholars program, in my friend's case). You need to be aware of all criteria and apply to each program if necessary.
Lastly, the trick is to go where you stand out. Schools value diversity, and being a minority, I looked at schools with high academic standards but less diversity. My diversity becomes something I can offer to the school in return for the scholarship.
As you think about this, there's a neat app that you might want to check out: https://www.raise.me/
The raise.me app is designed to help high school students track their achievements throughout high school and see what those would mean in terms of scholarships from colleges and universities they're interested in. It's a great tool to have more transparency into the process and to see how specific high school achievements translate into scholarships. Even better -- the scholarships are guaranteed if you decide to attend that school, after using the Raise.Me app!
Best of luck with the rest of your college search!
You should spend a substantial portion of your time looking for scholarships because they offer a huge potential return for your time investment. The scholarships you have the best chance of winning are those offered by your university, so look into those. Talk to counselors about how to find these if needed.