Do Underclassmen Qualify for Scholarships?

In Paying for College on Mar 28, 2016

Have you started applying for scholarships yet? We get it – you’re only an underclassman. But scholarships aren’t only for seniors and college students. There are plenty of organizations that give college money to teens regardless of age or class year. Here’s what you can do to get your hands on some of that cash.

Find Scholarships You Qualify For
Different scholarships have different requirements. Here are a few things many organizations take into account when they’re choosing a winner:

  • GPA or academic history
  • Ethnic background
  • Athletic ability
  • A history of volunteer work
  • Extracurricular activities or hobbies
  • Your planned major or course of study
  • The school you want to attend
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Unusual skills or talents
  • Religious affiliation

With so many scholarships (and requirements!) out there, it’s tough to figure out what exactly you’re even eligible for. That’s why your Cappex account only shows you the scholarships you’re a good match for. We don’t want you wasting your time applying for awards that you aren’t eligible to win – and chances are, you don’t either.

Get Organized
Once you have your list of scholarships, it’s time to get moving on those applications. Mark the deadlines on a calendar and write down all the application requirements. Do you need to send a resume, write an essay, get letters of recommendation, or create a video? Every scholarship is different.

Even if the closing dates are weeks away, get started now. Procrastinate too long and you could miss the deadline completely.

Cross Your Fingers and Hope for the Best
Chances are, you won’t get every scholarship you apply for. That’s why it’s so important to get started as early as possible – you’ll have three or four whole years to build up money for college! With any luck, you’ll be able to win a few awards that will cut the cost of college significantly.

Good luck on those applications!

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