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Scholarship Diva: Attn. High School Sophomores and Freshmen

For the third summer in a row, the Sims family is on the move.  A local move this time, but like my friend, Mary Kay, pointed out, you still have to get everything from Point A to Point B.  Boxes fill the house, the walls are getting bare, but we are so thrilled and thankful for our new home.  I can't wait to blog about the way it all unfolded. 
 
But since tomorrow is moving day, I am glad today is Scholarship Diva day.  Here's what high school sophomores and freshmen should be working on now to land those college scholarships. 
 
Sophomores
Plan to take the ACT later in the year.  Get a ACT prep book from the library or guidance counselor to start preparing.
 
  • Update your resume and document hours spent in community service.
 
  • Volunteer in your community and participate in extra-curricular activities.
 
  • Study and make good grades.
 
  • Get a job.
 
  • Ask older siblings and friends about their colleges to get an idea of where might be a good fit for you.
 
  • Begin thinking about possible career options and job shadow someone in the fields you're interested in.
 
  • Apply for scholarships open to 10th graders.
 
 
Freshmen
Some school districts classify 9th graders as junior high; others consider them high schoolers.  Regardless of the name on your particular school, Freshmen grades and activities count toward college admissions and scholarships.  Now is the perfect time to start developing a strategy for finding, organizing, and winning free money for college.

Remember:  all grades starting with 9th grade factor into your final graduating GPA and class rank.

  • Ask teachers and older students at your school for advice on what classes to take.  Get information on available honors and Advanced Placement classes. 
 
  • See if your school offers a college prep seminar class.  My daughter took one her sophomore year.  In addition to weekly SAT vocabulary reviews and quizzes, she learned how to write a resume and application essays, search for scholarships, and practice taking standardized tests.

  • Since volunteer hours also count, look for ways to serve your community.

  • Dive in to volunteer work now before your schedule gets full of jobs, boyfriends and girlfriends, AP homework, etc.  These good things make scheduling time for community service difficult for juniors and seniors. The older you get, the busier you will get.  

  • As you volunteer for service projects, be sure to keep a list of organizations you helped, type of work you did, how many hours worked, and supervisor's name.

 
Join me next week for how to set up a Scholarship Notebook. 
 

4 Comments to Scholarship Diva: Attn. High School Sophomores and Freshmen:

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maggie on Friday, August 23, 2013 11:57 AM
SPOT ON!!!
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margie on Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:15 AM
Thanks, Maggie. You could be the birthday party diva!


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