How To Find (And Earn!) Scholarships
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when heading off to college is not tapping into the big wide world of scholarships out there. It’s never too early to start applying for them, either — there are even some solely dedicated to kids still in single digits, believe it or not. High school is a great time to hit the ground running on accumulating some moola, though. There are thousands of scholarships to apply to during these tender years and you can even begin your search right here, with us at Cappex! Fill in as much information as possible on your Cappex profile, and you’ll find a list of matching scholarships for you to take advantage of.
There’s a lot to take in there, we know. But let us give you a few tips on how to make it easy, and why you shouldn’t pass up applying for scholarships, even if it means dedicating part of that precious time known as “the weekend” to doing it.
The Need-To-Know Stuff
First, it never costs you anything to apply to scholarships. If you’re being charged for something, X out of that browser and move right along. It’s not a legit opportunity — because, hey, the whole point is to reduce the amount of money it costs to go to college. Paying to apply for scholarships kind of defeats the purpose, right?
Secondly, they’re often quite easy to apply for. Some require you to be a certain ethnicity or from a certain area. Others will require essays, but they’re typically fairly short. Larger sums may come with some extra grunt work, but when you’re looking at a scholarship worth thousands of dollars, that doesn’t seem unfair. One of your contentions may be that some of the scholarship awards seem pretty small compared to your hulking tuition bill, but future-you will wholeheartedly thank teenage-you for that extra $500 or $1,000 that, one, won't be accruing interest on a student loan and, two, you don’t have to pay back. Trust us on that! If we could go back and tell pre-college us anything, it would be to apply to more scholarships.
How to Begin
Getting started isn’t difficult, and you should set an achievable pace for yourself. Whether that’s applying to a single scholarship every month or each week is totally dependent on your workload. Once you’ve decided how many you want to apply to, start making a list. Open a Google or Word doc, or even grab an old fashioned pen and paper, and and keep track of the scholarships you think you should apply to. Write the full name of it, where to find the details, and then, most importantly, the due date.
Choosing scholarships to apply for doesn’t have to involve complex mathematical equations — at least not if you don’t want it to. In fact, starting off by applying to ones that praise your hobbies is never a bad idea. There are scholarships for poets, for entrepreneurs, for community service leaders, for artists, photographers, and much, much more. Starting off by tapping into those hobbies means that you can enjoy the application process, and the organization or people determining who deserves that scholarship will feel your genuineness and passion for the topic.
One last piece of advice before we send you off to apply to scholarships: don’t shy away from writing the essay. On a completely real level, writing is never going to go away. Whether it’s putting together a report at work, sending out company emails, summarizing meetings, or even simply conveying ideas to fellow classmates or coworkers, being able to clearly and powerfully express yourself via the written (or typed) word isn’t something that magically disappears once you turn 18. There’s no expiration date for it because it’s not a carton of milk. Work with a parent, older sibling, or teacher to craft an essay and send it out!
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