The Road to Scholarships

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

Scholarships during Spring Break

For many of you Spring Break has begun, for others it’s just days away.  You are already enjoying plans made, or making plans for the coming days off. But, what are you doing for your scholarship quest?

Sure, take this time to relax and enjoy yourself. But, also take a few minutes each day to do something towards your scholarship quest.

Here’s a list of things you can do while enjoying your time off:

1. Read the Ayn Rand book with an essay contest for your age group. Check out their website here. Some of the deadlines are looming, you may not have time to read and write a compelling essay in the remaining time. However, you can take your time reading the book, and taking notes, so you’ll be prepared to write the essay for next year.

2. Spend some time on the internet researching scholarships to increase those you do, or will qualify to enter.

3. Write an essay for an upcoming scholarship.

4. Write an essay for a past scholarship in preparation for next year.

5. Organize your files to make it easier to find upcoming scholarships, and your accomplishment.

Now  you may not be able to do everything on this list, and you certainly can’t, and don’t need to,  do everything, every day. You do want to save some time for fun and relaxation. Just remember to keep your scholarship quest in mind while you have some time away from school


March 16, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , | Leave a comment

No Essay Scholarship

A scholarship with no essay? How can that be? After all, don’t I keep telling  you to practice writing so your essays will be the best they can be? Don’t your teachers continually give out writing assignments to help you improve your writing?  I’ll bet you didn’t think there was such a thing as a scholarship that didn’t include an essay.

Will there is. There aren’t many, but there are a few. Today’s scholarship is one that does not require an essay. It requires a picture. A picture  you draw. A picture you draw that tells a story. Today’s scholarship is for a cartoon.

Not just any cartoon though.  A cartoon that “express your personal vision of peace, diversity and concern for others.” This artistic scholarship/contest is sponsored by The Liberty Museum.

The Museum’s goal is to channel the specialized art form of cartoons for a positive purpose. To help them reach that goal each year they have a specific theme. This year’s theme is: Dreams of Peace

The contest has two division, adult (age 18 and over) and student (under 18).  More information, the complete rules, and the entry form can be found here.

The deadline is March 31.

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

Essay Scholarship Doing Double Duty

It’s not every day a class assignment can be converted into cash for  your college education.

The people at College Prowler offer a monthly scholarship award for the best essay.  This offer is an especially nice one, for a couple of reasons.

First, it is based solely on the essay, not need, not grades, not recommendations, just the essay they receive.

Second, the essay can be recycled. They don’t care if it was an assignment. In fact, they encourage it.

There are a few rules, which can be found here.

While there are twelve essays selected during the year, one a month, student’s may only submit one essay a year. Although, if  you don’t receive a scholarship from them this year , you are eligible to enter next year. Just not next month.

Check the essays you’ve written this year. How good do you think they are? Do you have one you think would have a chance? Double check to see it meets the qualifications and enter.   Sarah Wright, the March 2008 winner says, “apply for all of the scholarships you come across and are eligible for through websites like College Prowler, because someone has to win those scholarships.”

If you haven’t written an essay you think will win, and you know you will be writing more essays this year, you can wait. However, if you’re a senior,  you need to consider entering as soon as possible, this scholarship offer is only for high school students. Once you  graduate you will longer be eligible.

The next deadline is Feb. 28, 2009.  Other deadlines are available at the website, here.  Go, polish those essays, and good luck.

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

Evaluate your Scholarship Grades

Now that a new year has begun and a new semester, it’s time for students to evaluate where you are in your educational goals, where you want to be, and what you need to do to get there.

One of the most important scholarship determining factors is your grades.  Scholarship committees look for students who can do the college work. They use your high school grades to help them determine your chances of college success.

Those of you in 11th or 12th grade will have a tougher time getting your act together, but it can be done so don’t quit.  Check your gpa (grade point average) if it’s below par you need to work double hard to raise your grades. A higher grade will raise the gpa. You may have to eliminate some extra activities; spending time with friends, sending emails and text messages, watching television. But, your future is at stake here, it’s important.

One former student told me about a time when algebra was tough for him, and he slacked off. Realizing his grades were dropping, he started spending an hour a day in his room working on algebra, no television, no radio, no ipod, no telephone, just  him, the algebra book, a pencil and paper. After a couple of weeks he’d mastered the algebra and was able to keep his grades up and enjoy other activities.

If your gpa is a 3.00 or lower, spend some time with your books studying, bring that gpa up. Even twelfth grade students can bring their gpa up with a little work and determination.Whether you’re in ninth grade or twelfth grade, now is the time to assess where you stand with your grades. If they are low, take action to raise them.

Remember, the lower your grades, the more difficult it will be for you to obtain, even qualify , scholarships. Take action now.

January 22, 2009 Posted by | scholarships | , , , , | Leave a comment

Increase Your Vocabulary

Now that school is well underway and and you are taking the classes that will best help you in life, as well as  enjoying extra-curricular activities. One of the things you can do on  your own to assist you both in school , and in life, is to increase  your vocabulary.  A good vocabulary will help in any reports or essays you write for school, improving your grades,  as well as those essays on scholarship and college applications. Plus, knowing words, and their meanings, whether you use all of them or not, will improve your speaking and you will sound more knowledgeable.

You can increase your vocabulary in a number of ways, read the dictionary, read books, the more you read the better your vocabulary, you can study word lists. READER’S DIGEST, has a monthly column “Increase your Wordpower” which is a good source for increasing your vocabulary. They also have an online list here, complete with the words used in a sentence and some common synonyms. You can play word games to increase your vocabulary. Vocabulary University, has a word-puzzle website that is fun, and educational. They use words from a word list of the 100 words used on recent SAT tests. Or, you can check in here, I’ll be posting 10 words and definitions each Wednsday. The words are from, the website 5000 FREE SAT WORDS.

Here are this week’s words, can you match them with the definitions? The answers will be at the end of the blog.

1. garrulous           A. (n.)A dictionary.

2. educe                B. (adj.) That which points out.

3. nugatory            C. (adv.) Blindly

4. jocose               D. (v.) To misrepresent.

5. aberration          E. (adj.) Sickening or insipid.

6. indicant             F. (v.) To draw out.

7. mawkish            G.  (adj.) Having no power or force.

8. belie                  H.  (adj.) Given to constant trival talking

9. lexicon              I.  (adj.) Done or made in jest.

10.darkling           J.  (n.) Deviation from a right, customary or prescribed course.

Did you know any of these words? Could you guess at some of them? Here are the answers:

1 – H

2 – F

3 – G

4 – I

5 – J

6 – B

7 – E

8 – D

9 – A

10- C

September 17, 2008 Posted by | extra curricular, goals, grades | , , , | 1 Comment