The Road to Scholarships

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

Speeding to Scholarship Success

This week I’m going to share fifteen suggestions to help you reach scholarship success. They will be broken down into a series of three posts with five ideas each.

Today’s tips are:

1. Define success. What does scholarship success mean to you? Do you want enough money to pay for your entire college career before you’re a senior? Do you want to obtain the skills and attributes the larger, for seniors only, scholarships will be looking for? Do you want some scholarship money now, and to feel better about your chances of success later on? You have to set the bar. How will you know you’re succeeding if you don’t have a way to measure your success?

2. Budget your time. Your time has many demands. You need to budget how much time you’ll spend on different projects to enable you to have enough time for all of them. That’s alright, if you haven’t sacrificed scholarship time for goofing off time with your friends. While you do need some down time, you don’t want your down time to take over your life. However, it doesn’t help, if you spend all of your time studying and applying for scholarships. You will soon burn yourself out and not do well. You need to find a balance, and budgeting your time will help you do that.

3. Be organized. Be organized everywhere, not just in your scholarship or academic areas. Because ultimately everything connects and you don’t want your disorganized social life to hurt your scholarship life. This doesn’t mean every minute of your life needs to be accounted for, just organize your time, and supplies to make your life easier.

4. Keep a log book. Keep track of upcoming scholarships, and their deadlines as well as scholarships you’ve applied for with the date it was sent in. This will help you avoid missing out on a scholarship because you missed the date.

5. Invest in yourself. Remember, you are selling your skills, abilities, and talents. You want to make the ‘product’ yourself appealing to the scholarship committees. Find your weak areas and work to improve them. This can be an academic area, if you have trouble with math you take an extra class or study on your own to master math. However, it can also be a personal area, you may be uncomfortable talking in interview situations, practice or join the debate team to help build your confidence. You are the product; make yourself the best you can.

There you have five tips, Wednesday I’ll post five more tips you might not consider when improving your scholarship abilities.


March 31, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , | Leave a comment

Scholarships Your Responsibility

Remember, this blog is all about helping you, the student prepare for, find, and receive college scholarship money. This is about your future, which means, you must find a way to get where you want to go. Doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help, but it’s your job.

Denise Witmer at her Parenting Teens blog,   has several good articles about college and college prep, including questions to be asked.While I agree with the questions, I disagree with who should be asking them and when.

Most of these questions can  be answered over the course of a year, assuming you start early in your high school, or preferably middle school years. Answers to these, and many other questions, are often provided group meetings, and handouts. You can also do a little research to discovery the answers on your own.

For example one question: What local scholarships are available, what are their deadlines? You can discover this on your own, and you need to have this information in your files.

Most high schools announce the scholarships their graduating students receive, either in the local newspaper, school newspaper, or assembly. Collecting the information yourself also allows you to include other area scholarships. Don’t limit your list to just students from your school, watch your local paper and find scholarship recipients other area students receive.

Remember this is your future. Your responsibility. Don’t depend on someone else to do the work for  you. Counslers don’t have all the information. Your counselor will only have the information for students at  your school. They don’t have the time to keep a record of all scholarships received by area students. You do.

Once armed with the information your counslor can help you locate the application, or assist you in completing the application. There are many ways your high school counselor can help you. Just don’t look to her to do your work for you.

Remember, this is your future and it’s your responsibilty, but you do have a great team on your side. Together with your team members, your counselor, your teachers,  your parents,  your friends,  you will reach your goals.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , | Leave a comment

Ninth-Twelfth Grade Essay Scholarship Contests

Last week I highlighted several scholarships with deadlines in January. This week’s scholarships are due February 1. They are both fairly specialized, but are open to students nationwide. I hope some of my readers will consider trying for these scholarships.

The first one, the National Peace Essay Contest, is open to ninth through twelveth grade high school students. It is sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace. Check out there website, which includes information about the contest here.

The second one is the Courageous Persuaders Scholarship contest. It is also open to United States High School students in grades nine through twelve. The contest is sponsored by a variety of businesses, and involves students making a 30 second commercial to warn middle school students about the dangers of alcohol abuse. More information is available on their website here.

Good luck and happy essay writing.

January 12, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , | 1 Comment

Seven Scholarships with January Deadlines

Christmas break is over.  Hopefully you continued working on you scholarship goals during the break. Finding scholarships you can apply for now, or later and writing essays for upcoming scholarships, as well as applying for any scholarships with December or early January deadlines while you were out of school.

If you slacked off during your break, now is the time to get cracking again on those scholarships.

Today’s scholarships all have January deadlines, all require an essay, all are  open to students in the United States, and most are open to more than high school seniors .

Check out these scholarships,  check that you meet the qualifications, and apply. These first four scholarships are all open to middle school as well as high school students:

The Grand Canyon Essay Scholarship

The DuPont Challenge

The Oklahoma City national Memorial and Museum Student Essay Contest

Dream Deferred Essay Scholarship

Scholarships available to high school students only are:  the JFK essay contest and the Reconnecting the Circle contest,

The The Sam Walton Community Scholarship, is for high school seniors.

Deadlines are:








Whether you’re a middle school student or a high school senior, these seven scholarships should keep you busy this month. Hopefully, one or more of them will add to your scholarship funds.

Middle school students, make a note of the JFK, Reconnecting, and Sam Walton scholarships, you can apply for them when you’re older.  High school seniors, I know this is a busy time of year for you, but try to find time to apply for those three at least.

Remember, the more scholarships you apply to receive, the better your chances of receiving funds.

January 6, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , | Leave a comment

Scholarships with approaching deadlines

Usually this blog is for the younger students who want scholarships to pay for college. However, February and March are ‘crunch’ months for seniors. Most scholarships have earlier deadlines, so graduating students are rushing to find any remaining scholarships available. To aide them, this post will list a couple of scholarships for their consideration.

These three scholarships are for specific students, and won’t fit everyone. However, I hope this shows younger students why it’s important to begin preparation for scholarships, as well as apply for scholarships early in the high school career.

First, Coca-Cola offers two types of scholarships. The deadline for the one available to seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university has passed. It was in October of the student’s senior year.

However, Coca-Cola does offer a scholarship to students planning to attend a two year college. This is a one-time award of $1000. Four hundred students will receive this scholarship. Applications are available in March with a May 31th deadline. More information can be found here.

For students interested in heatlth care, Tylenol offers scholarships to 170 students, of $1000 or $5000. The deadline for this scholarship is May 15th. Information can be found on the Tylenol website.

The Negative Population Growth (NPG), an organization that advocates a smaller US population. For more information about their beliefs, and work check out their website. They also offer a scholarship essay contest. Their deadline is April 18. Information about student qualifications, and the essay can be found here.

There you have it, three scholarships, with approaching deadlines, and available to seniors.







February 22, 2008 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , , | Leave a comment