Reuse/Recycle

It’s not over just because you’ve got a few letters of recommendation clutched triumphantly in your sweaty palm. (Hey, don’t wrinkle them!) You’ll need more recommendations throughout your immediate life—and lots of them—so here’s my first big tip to ensure your smooth sailing in the future. Before your journey is complete, you may have applied…

Working With Your Recommenders, Part Two

In my last post, I offered you three tips on how to go about making the whole letters-of-recommendation-process happen, including putting together an information packet for your letter writers. And sometimes (not always), you can even go the next step and… 4. Write it for Them I’m sure you’ve seen those political ads on TV…

Working With Your Recommenders

You’ve decided who to ask about writing your letters of recommendation, but how do you go about making it all happen? Start out by approaching each person with an air of humble gratitude and a flattering eagerness to be represented by the best. If someone you’ve selected says, “I’m sorry, but I’m too busy,” or…

Hedge Your Bets

It’s a little while, now, since I’ve posted about how to get the best letters of recommendation. You might remember some tips I dished out a few months ago, like Don’t Ask Your Dog, choose people who honestly know a few nice things about you, and consider some “extra” qualities that make a good recommender….

Get Lucky (But Don’t Count On It!)

Unless you were raised by gorillas in the African Congo, you’ve probably seen, entered, and NOT won dozens of billion-dollar sweepstakes by now. Good thing, too, because if you weren’t 18 years old when you entered the contest, the prize would have been immediately yanked out of your hands. But guess what? When you are…

Get Creative

You may not have an awesome overall GPA, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t brilliant in a few selected scholarly areas. You might have gotten an F in history because you spent all your homework time trying to figure out a formula that would break the time-space continuum and allow you to turn your…

Where’s the Beef?

Maybe you are considered too weird to secure a date to the prom, but being your own free-spirited self just might give you an advantage in the scholarship game! Some examples of ways that your unique interests could win you a scholarship are by: Being so enthralled by the Poltergeist and Paranormal Activity movie franchises…

How Bizarre Can You Be?

Why am I ‘wasting my time with this nonsense,’ Dad? I’ll tell you why. My crazy hobby just might pay for my college education one day. Kids exactly like you have won scholarships for their prowess at everything from hustling a good game of pool to playing the bagpipes like a true Scotsman (okay, maybe…

Not Such a Tall Order After All

In my last post I wrote about how some scholarship-granting organizations narrow down the number of people who are eligible for their scholarships by offering them to only a specific type of individual. What specific types of individual? you asked, so in my next few posts I’m going to focus on some very (sometimes very…

Get Specific

Some individuals or organizations narrow down the number of people who are eligible for their scholarships by offering them to only a specific type of individual. Some of these awards may be highly competitive (not to say that YOU won’t be the winner), but you might be lucky enough to discover an award that is…

Get Local

At the end of the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says “… if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” Learn from the girl’s mistakes, and before you head out battling “wizards“ (4.0 students) and “witches“ (cranky people who spend so much time…

Bow to the Whim of the Powers That Be

So you’ve conquered your writer’s block, and now you’re really feeling the flow! Yes, you are original and creative! You are a free spirit—a rebel who doesn’t take orders from anybody… right? Wrong! You do take orders from people who want to give you money. Don’t just skim the instructions for writing your scholarship essay….