The Scholarship Diva has been at it again. Today I include three posts from her--opportunities that would be mighty hard to find without a little help from The Diva.
High school seniors, the deadline clock is rapidly ticking for your best chance of winning scholarships for college. The money goes FAST, so make sure you get your share.
- If you have good grades and ACT/SAT scores, apply for financial aid at your preferred college choices NOW; don't wait for their deadlines--the money will be gone by then. These merit-based scholarships awarded by universities are the easiest to win and they are usually renewable for all four years, as long as you keep your grades up.
- Every day check your high school's counseling office website for an updated list of scholarship opportunities. Many of these will probably be offered by local organizations, which are the second easiest types of awards to win.
- The application window is also open now for many corporate scholarships, like Home Depot, Walmart, Ronald McDonald House, and Burger King. Check with your employer or your parents' employers to see if those companies offer scholarships.
- Subscribe to a database search like Fastweb or SchoolSoup for frequent email notifications about scholarships you may be eligible for.
- Mensa, the "society for bright people," promotes research and opportunities that stimulate intellectual growth. Kids and adults with high IQs are eligible for membership, and Mensa members can apply for certain scholarships offered by the Mensa Education & Research Foundation. Those of us who aren't super brilliant, however, can still benefit from Mensa scholarships because they offer local, regional, and national awards to non-members as well. Judging is based on a 550-word essay related to career goals. GPA and financial need do not factor into selection. Submit on line application by January 15, 2014.
- When deciding which scholarships to apply for, I try to balance the amount of time necessary to complete the application with the possible amount of money we can win. Sometimes it's worth it to put in more time when the award is high. For example, the Elk National Foundation offers big money for their scholarship competition on multiple levels. Students may compete for local lodge awards, with the chance of progressing to state and even national level competition. Application packet requirements usually include most of the information you've already gathered in your Scholarship Notebook plus a few more documents. The Elks Most Valuable Student Competition is certainly worth checking out. Deadline is December 6, 2013.
Contact The Scholarship Diva at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. (She does seminars, too.)