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How do I get a scholarship ?

How do I get a scholarship?

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EZINNA EDGE’s Answer

Hello Julia,
Getting a scholarship involves a combination of research, preparation, and application. Scholarships are typically awarded based on various criteria, such as academic achievements, community involvement, specific talents, and financial need. Here are steps you can take to increase your chances of securing a scholarship:
a) Begin your scholarship search early, preferably during your junior year of high school or even earlier. Some scholarships are available for younger students, and starting early allows you to plan strategically.
b) Look for scholarships that match your qualifications and interests. You can find scholarships through various sources, including:
c) Websites like Fastweb, Scholarships.com, and Cappex allow you to search for scholarships based on your profile. At the same the time, many colleges and universities offer
d) Always read the eligibility criteria and deadline for each scholarship carefully. Scholarships may have specific requirements, such as GPA, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, or specific essay topics.
e) Academic achievement is often a key factor in scholarship awards. Focus on maintaining a strong GPA and performing well on standardized tests if required. At the same time, participate in extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and community service. Many scholarships look for well-rounded individuals who contribute to their community.
f) Many scholarship applications require essays or personal statements. Craft compelling essays that highlight your accomplishments, goals, and why you deserve the scholarship. Tailor each essay to the specific scholarship's requirements.
g) If the scholarship is need-based, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your financial need. This is especially important for scholarships offered by colleges and universities.
Julia, always remember that the scholarship application process can be competitive, so it's important to put in the effort and apply for as many scholarships as possible. Tailor your applications to showcase your strengths and align with the specific criteria of each scholarship. With dedication and persistence, you can increase your chances of securing scholarship funding for your education.
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Julia:

Scholarship applications can start to be submitted during your Junior year and will continue throughout your Senior year in high school. It is best to ask your Academic Advisor/School Counselor on the timeline process as well. Scholarship applications will have specific deadlines and requirements to meet in order to be submitted for review and consideration. Multiple scholarships can be obtained at the same time and can be based on academic performance, sports involvement, community involvement and volunteerism, faith/church activities, etc.

You may want to start to compile your resume/portfolio since a majority of scholarship applications will require academic grade point average (GPA), academic accomplishments, school activities (clubs, sports, etc.), community involvement (volunteer, church, etc.), academic and personal recommendations, etc. There may be essay requirements on why you are a qualified candidate to receive the scholarship, what your future goals are academically and professionally and other questions centering around who you are, your beliefs, etc.

Scholarship committees are not always looking at the highest grades or if a student has all As throughout his or her high school journey. They are looking for a well-rounded students to be awarded the scholarships offered. There are various scholarships to apply for when a student is starting the college application process.

When reviewing colleges and universities, it is best to check the following:

- In-State vs Out of State Tuition
- Internships
- Scholarships
- Career Placement upon graduation
- Course work and offered classes
- Post-Graduate Degrees - Master and Doctoral

Here are a couple of links for College Scholarships:

https://www.mometrix.com/blog/scholarships-for-college/

https://www.nchchonors.org/students/awards-scholarships/national-scholarships

Also, it will be best to check with the colleges and universities that you will be applying to. You can check with the School/Department of your desired major, the Campus Career Center and the Register's Office for additional information for college scholarships and grants and specific requirements for qualifications.

Best wishes for your education and career paths!
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