Are you encouraging your student to volunteer?
A large majority of scholarship applications include a place for students to share what kind of community service they have done while in high school. Unfortunately, many high school seniors don’t realize this until they are applying. Then they have to scramble to find places where they can volunteer quickly.
A better approach is connecting with community service projects in a student’s area and volunteering beginning in middle school or even earlier. This allows students to show longevity and commitment, and also gets them familiar with volunteer coordinators and administrators. They will be able to write them higher quality letters of recommendation when it comes time for applying for scholarships and college.
Encouraging students while they are younger — and not as busy — can also be a family project, not to mention a huge asset in the quest to win college scholarships!