The Road to Scholarships

tips and hints for junior high & high school students planning to use scholarship monies to pay for their continuing education


For most middle school and freshmen high school students, graduation and college still seem a lifetime away. They don’t understand the actions they take now impacts their choices at, and after, graduation.  However, they become a little more interested in preparing for scholarships when they learn they can apply for some now, and receive the award now.

Scholarships for younger students are generally in the form of essay contests, and pay out cash money (check) or a savings bond to the winning student. Theoretically, this money should be set aside in a special account for college. If it is or not, is the student’s choice.

The important thing for the student is that by entering, and hopefully winning, the early scholarships, they begin to take the steps that will improve their chances of receiving other scholarships when they’re older.

Some students are surprised to learn the early scholarships are essay contests. But, really since they haven’t accomplished enough during high school to complete any other type of scholarship application.  And really, a scholarship is simply another contest.  The student who best exemplifies what the committee is looking for is the winner, or recipient. Also, many of the larger national scholarships, will also require an essay. Entering the early contests will make the student’s better essay writers, and again improve their chances of being awarded the larger scholarships later.


December 6, 2007 - Posted by | scholarships | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I’d never looked at it like that, that essay contests could “build up” into both a college fund and a better chance of a good scholarship – wish I’d had someone like you around when I was younger!

    By the way, you’ve been tagged – go to for the rules! (It’s not painful, really.)

    Comment by H and H | December 9, 2007 | Reply

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