Scholarship Searching and/or Applying Tips

Stressing too much for searching for scholarships. With applications nearing as we reach the end of the school year.

Financially planning for university is quite difficult. But let’s go more into depth.

Going to college and university is definitely worth it because on average, college graduates earn one million more than the average high school graduates.

In my previous blog Scholarships for Anybody, I have written many key points about finding scholarships if you were either a national or international student.

With links to many useful scholarship finding tools.

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It helps to get some motivation, to inspire you that you are willing to fight for that scholarship.

Stipend

Click to check out the Stipend Program

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Talents ranging from playing the guitar to professional varsity basketball, can get you a scholarship.

Using your talents in any advanced areas in your life in extracurricular activities can benefit a lot when applying to scholarships.

To show to universities, that not only are you incredibly smart but you are proactive in your other areas of your life. That you’re not just wasting your life on doing nothing.

Improving Your Grades

By the way if you currently have a 2.9 GPA or lower, it’s not necessarily impossible for you to get into college, but definitely more work to do (as if anybody else).

  • You should definitely talk to your teachers about how to improve or raise your grade in all your classes. Teachers are more than happy to help a student with their grades if they’re confident enough to ask for it.
  • Colleges mostly look at your Junior and Senior year GPAs, but that doesn’t mean you fail all your other classes.
  • March through May are usually the best times to look for universities, but that doesn’t guarantee you will get one. You should still look and apply to scholarships even if it’s not the time of the year.
  • Look at your Financial aid status portal check for money in scholarships.

Apply to FAFSA even if you’re not qualified for it.

Click to check out the FAFSA website.

FAFSA Program can offer a lot of student loans. Even if it means paying them back, in the long run with your college degree, you will be able to pay off your student loans better than just with a high school degree.

AP Classes and Extra Tutoring 

AP classes are advanced programs you can take to challenge yourself or get some college credits.

  • 3 or higher 4 passed in AP test, AP classes benefit for college courses.
  • English, History, and Language Arts 4 to 5 units are transferred to university (depending on college) 70 units for upper higher level class.
  • At the end of senior year, you must remember to take an AP test to take advantage and prove that you’ve learned more through your AP classes.
  • Scholarships paid for studying abroad students 30 units (not in freshman year though).

Study hard for ACT and SAT tests. Here are some tips:

Try to go on tour and visit the campus of the college you’re applying to (to make sure it’s the right one)

Also meet some college graduates from the university you’re applying to, to get a better understanding of the school from a previous student.

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Seniors

As you look back into your high school years, it is now over and you have to decide your future.

  • It’s your time to decide where you’re going to head off to
  • Best to apply to about 8 or more colleges, to better improve your acceptance rates
  • Fight through it, you’re almost to the end, don’t fail now

Juniors

One more year and you’re out of high school, so prepare in advance and apply to many scholarships as possible and continue working hard at school.

  • Your GPA is counting on you
  • Get ready to impress a bunch of college professors

Sophomores

By this point you should already have your own savings account for college funding. Also maybe have like two or three colleges in mind.

  • The next two years are gonna be a handful
  • If you want to party, work hard now and search for scholarships
  • Apply to 1,000 so about 50 will accept you
  • Improve your grades or maintain them 

Freshman

Perfect timing to start preparing for your future, although you still have about four years, try to start saving up a ton of money you don’t have to worry as much then.

  • Explore your talents in an extracurricular activities
  • It will boost your moral that you are talented in many areas of your life
  • Many college professors like that

8th grade and below

You know, good for you planning your future way more in advance, because you guys have a better mindset on how to reaching those goals you want to get yourself that scholarship.

  • Never too early too apply or to start saving up 
  • Study early for ACT and SAT test
  • Go to your college website and counselors or communities and local organizations that may have grants and scholarships that you can apply to

Extra Info

On your Expected Family Contribution or EFC put in $0 so you get more money and will not contribute even with high income.

Some universities are more famous for a certain major, but that doesn’t mean you can fake it (although you could) yet it’s not necessarily better.

Deciding with an undeclared major is better than picking random major that you’re not interested in.

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Comment down any tips you’ve tried to help you get the scholarship. As well as some more advices you think could help to better obtaining a scholarship.

 

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