As the Olympic games begin this week and athletes from all over the world compete for medals, scholarship searching students are seeking the gold in their own way as the new school year approaches and college is fast approaching.
Showing a college that you care is a smart way to increase a student’s chances of being awarded a scholarship by that school. More commonly known as “demonstrated interest”, this is a method of connecting with the colleges that a student is interested in and showing them how much the student would like to be accepted and attend.
As the applications continue to come in for my Savor Summer College Scholarship, I feel it is important to share a few observations on what NOT to do when submitting a scholarship application. This week’s observation: I am NOT impressed with your seven page scholarship resume. Yes, you read that correctly, 7 PAGES. Being involved in lots of high school activities is a great thing, don’t get me wrong; but including things like “attended my prom” and “was interviewed for an important position” is just well, overkill. Scholarship judges with hundreds, and sometimes, thousands, of applications to read through will not take the time to read through seven pages of irrelevant activities. Students need to condense their information by choosing the most important activities and print out or upload ONE page to include with their scholarship applications. Not sure what to include in a scholarship resume? Click here. Read all of the Scholarship Mom Tips here. Learn more about winning college scholarships Check out Monica’s guide for parents on Amazon: How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps Want to talk with Monica one-to-one? Click the arrow to learn how! Parents – Want more tips? Don’t miss the Parent College Coach Tips...
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Create a website of achievements to showcase your student’s accomplishments and community involvement. For winning scholarships, parents can use positive pictures to show their student’s history of accomplishments and community involvement that is valued by organizations offering scholarship money.
When students fill out college scholarship applications, they need to make it as easy as possible for the judges to read their information. Using fancy fonts may seem pretty and impressive, but is actually unprofessional and frowned upon.