Not Applying For Scholarships? Think Again!

If you’re one of those students that think applying for scholarships isn’t “worth it” or that “you won’t meet any of the requirements,” guess again.

It maybe a little intangible to comprehend at the moment if you are still a junior or senior in high school, but every dollar you save in college is worth more than it’s advertised. Read on and quell your skepticisms and lethargy when it comes to scouring for scholarships.

  • You Don’t Need Amazing Grades

In fact, most scholarships you will apply for will be focusing on the essay required to get in and you can still apply for a good amount of them with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Another interesting tidbit is that a lot of applicants don’t follow the rules or the guidelines of the submission criteria. That means you could be part of an even smaller group of people who are eligible, making your chances for success even greater.

Make sure to look online at places like scholarships.com, fastweb.com, and others to make the process as easy as possible. Also, never pay for scholarship submission.

  • What’s The Point?

This is the way I viewed scholarships going into my first year of college. I was sitting with a solid 3.14 GPA, had a couple extra curricular activities under my belt, and was nowhere near a rising basketball/football/anything star. I applied for a group of scholarships at my university prior to going, in the form of a cover-all application. In other words, I applied for multiple scholarships with the same criteria.

After talking to some other people in my high school class and on my floor, I realized how many opportunities I missed out on. Whether it’s a scholarship for $500 or a $1000 every dollar will count. It may be hard to fully comprehend the interest that accrues and the cumbersome debt from student loans at the moment, but believe me you will. It’s almost guaranteed you will feel the burden and stress more than those currently about to graduate with a 4- year degree.

  • Writer’s Block and Competition

Not every scholarship requires an essay. On the contrary, not every scholarship requires you to do anything related to academics, personal experience or even skill in a certain field. You can find a scholarship out there for almost anything, including a tongue for Klingon and skills with Duct Tape.

Another little known option, is that most local credit unions offer scholarships to students in their area. Check around your area for any less advertised opportunities and the little extra effort could easily be exponentially worth more than the time you put in.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.