Scholarships are a crucial part of leaving high school. Scholarships are applications that grant financial help to you when you go to college, helping pay for books, housing and sometimes food with the given scholarship.
Now, I know there are some thoughts that go through everyone’s mind when trying to find the scholarships that are right for you. You might ask, “What if I don’t find one I like,” but let me say this, there is one out there for you! There are a variety of different types of scholarships to apply for; Academics, Athletics, Local Scholarships, Community Service, Minorities, and even creative scholarships. The amount of money you can receive depends on the type of scholarship. One that we’ve all learned about since the 8th grade is the Hope and Zell Miller scholarships. Now, these are a prime example of academic scholarships that have certain requirements. For Zell Miller requires that you graduate high school with a 3.7 GPA with a score of 1200 on the SAT or a 26 on your ACT. The easier of the two, the HOPE scholarship requires a 3.0 GPA to be eligible to acquire this. These are not the only ones you have to do there are many many more scholarships that can be awarded to you.
To be completely honest, the steps leading and during the applying process are lengthy and their dealines have to be met. Now there are certain requirements that have to be researched before you apply; one example is that you have to be a senior. Don’t fret though: there are a plethora of different scholarships for Juniors, Sophomores, Freshmen and even 8th graders! Research is key when doing this.
I interviewed a few seniors to give some advice from their experiences about applying for scholarships who all wished to stay anonymous. This is how they responded:
What’s one thing that you’ve learned from applying for scholarships?
“I’ve learned a lot about myself and applying for scholarships has given me the drive to actually want to go to college.” -Anonymous
When did you start applying for scholarships?
“I started looking and applying for scholarships in 11th grade and beginning of my Senior year.” -Anonymous
What is one thing you would like to pass on to younger classmen about scholarships?
“Always listen to your counselors and don’t wait too late.” -Anonymous
If it’s your first time applying for a scholarship, don’t be unmotivated if you find out that you didn’t get that scholarship. This happens sometimes. The more you apply for scholarships and expand your knowledge on how to do it effectively, will gain you scholarship money in no time. Practice makes perfect.