Scholarship Mom Tip #102: Keep Your Application in the Running
Dec11

Scholarship Mom Tip #102: Keep Your Application in the Running

The first 30 seconds that scholarship judges look at a student’s application are the most important. Make sure yours makes this first cut.

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Scholarship Mom Tip #49: Have a 15 Minute Goal
Nov14

Scholarship Mom Tip #49: Have a 15 Minute Goal

— Winning scholarships takes time and 15 minutes a day is a good start!

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Scholarship Mom Tip #32: Give Thanks
Jul11

Scholarship Mom Tip #32: Give Thanks

Have you or your student won a college scholarship? If so, don’t forget to say thank you to the people or organization that provided the scholarship. A nice, handwritten note sent to the same address that the scholarship application was sent to is a wonderful way to show the judges and business owners how much their scholarship money means and how it will help relieve the financial burden of college, even if the amount was only enough to cover textbooks. Every little bit of scholarship money won helps and taking the time to say thank you is the right thing to...

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Scholarship Mom Tip #29: Your Essay is Not a Novel
Jun20

Scholarship Mom Tip #29: Your Essay is Not a Novel

— You scholarship essay is not your life’s story, unless, of course you can state it in 500 words or less (or whatever the application word limit is)! Don’t blow your chances of getting a scholarship on a technicality.

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Scholarship Mom Tip #5: Look Off-line
Jan03

Scholarship Mom Tip #5: Look Off-line

Not All Scholarship Resources Are On The Web  Most students use the internet and only the internet to search for and find scholarships. There are many other searching methods, so use every available resource and don’t do what other students are doing.  The beauty of using other (off-line) methods is finding college scholarships that many other students will not find, which automatically increases the chance of winning the scholarship. THIS is what you want! Using off-line scholarship searching methods, I found scholarships for my son that no internet search site matched him up with even though we signed-up and entered all of his correct information. Online scholarship sites are great, but they are only ONE tool in a complete scholarship search process. Monica Matthews is our favorite scholarship mom! After helping her son win $100,000 in scholarships for his college education, she founded How2WinScholarships.com to share what she learned along the way and now she’s sharing her tips with...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript from #CampusChat with Ivy Eyes Editing

How does one learn how to write an attention-grabbing, read-worthy 500-word college admissions essay 140-characters at a time? Simple. Read the transcript from Wednesday's #CampusChat with @IvyEyesEditing  (July 14, 2010).  Our expert guest and co-host, Janson Woodlee, co-founder and managing editor at Ivy Eyes Editing, lead the charge for top-notch writing to get admitted to college, get off waitlists, and win scholarships.  Janson and his expert team of writers and editors, who are also Yale graduates, have edited thousands of essays, resumes, personal statements, cover letters, and other materials for business and college admissions. Their clientele includes prospective college freshmen, graduate school and professional school applicants, as well as business professionals.  There were ample Takeaway Tweets from this #CampusChat discussion that included over 160 posts and 25 contributors. Some of my favorites include these essay-writing tips from @IvyEyesEditing: Students get off waitlists, win scholarships, etc through top-notch writing  But great question re: religion and politics, really! A good caveat is to make another quality or theme the centerpiece… Your views on organized religion, not as important as what you have done to preserve or work for them  To follow-up on intro paragraphs–I grow weary of 'creative' intro 'devices.' Starting with an onomatopoeia isn't creative  Using a quote? Good idea ONLY IF: you convey what it truly means to you, and/or you expand upon it. Context is imp too.  The diversity essay: own your diversity, and tell it through a story that conveys difference that's more than skindeep.  Another pitfall: TMI- an emotionally heavy story that brings your stability & college readiness into question  And I'd add don't go with cliches. So boring when kids can talk about nothing but To Kill a Mockingbird  The Common App will go live August 1 but preview w/ all essay questions is available now http://bit.ly/byPxRc  For more great tips on writing, college admissions, SAT prep, and to see the contributions by all of the participants, read the entire #CampusChat Transcript available from What the Hashtag?!. Think you may just need some help preparing your college admissions essay or job resume? Ivy Eyes Editing offers a free writing assessment for first-time submissions. For more insight into writing the perfect essay, check out our earlier post: Keep Your Eye on the Prize with Ivy Eyes Editing. The next #CampusChat is Wednesday, July 21, 2010, with  Alexis Avila, founder and president of Prepped and...

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