Awarded For Essays: Mckenzie’s Scholarship Story

Mckenzie began his senior year confident that he would be attending college soon after he left high school. His family was far from rich, but his parents believed in the power of education, so they had managed to put aside a moderate college fund for their son’s future. Mack’s plan was to stretch the money…

Finding His Creative Niche: Channing’s Scholarship Story

“Action!” On cue, Bobby, who was playing the role of a homicide detective, began to brutishly interrogate Channing’s little brother about the sudden disappearance of “Flashcard Man.” “Did you torture him first, you creep?” Bobby shouted. When the suspect refused to speak, his interrogator continued to scream at him. “What did you do?” “Did you…

Where NOT to Look For Scholarships

You should never have to PAY anybody to help you find scholarships. This game is about increasing your college fund, not decreasing it! Some companies out there will charge you a fee for the “service” of assisting you in your scholarship search. They might make promises like: “We GUARANTEE that our clients will win a…

The Scholarship Follow-Up File

So, you’ve finally submitted your application for a college scholarship, and now you’re done, right? You can delete all those files from your computer, throw away all that paperwork and go back to binging on Netflix? Wait! You should always save complete copies of every scholarship application that you submit. You will need these records…

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 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…

The Five Ps of Professionalism: Personality

Even before you read my recent posts on how to be an Interview Rockstar, I’m sure you had already heard all the standard advice about making a good first impression: Firm handshake Eye contact Pleasant demeanor etc., In addition to acting friendly and personable overall, you should look for opportunities to dedicate a little time…

The Scholarship Express Package

I’m not going to lie to you—scholarship applications are HARD to complete! I still have painful memories of the first one that I ever filled out and sent off. It took me almost a MONTH to collect every bit of information that the scholarship committee wanted me to provide and compile and present it in…