1: SET A GOAL:
The first step you need to take is to identify how much you need to raise in order to pay for school. Not only for the upcoming semester, but for your entire academic duration. How many years will it take you to graduate? Have you considered all the educational expenses you will need to cover? (Tuition, Room & Board, Books, Price Increases?) Visit www.collegecost.ed.gov to get a better understanding of the cost to attend different post secondary institutions.
2: IDENTIFY THE LOW HANGING FRUIT:
Finding the right funding opportunities is no easy task. There are many search engines out there and students are always questioning whether the scholarships on these sites are a good fit for them. While some of these sites can be helpful, there are many other places you can look for funding that you have a higher chance of receiving. Your institution’s alumni association, local community foundations and professional associations typically offer scholarships that are only available to students in a specific region or city.
3: DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL BRAND:
Just like Nike, Apple and Coca-Cola have brands associated with their products, you need to develop your own personal brand. What do you want to be known for? (Community Service, Academics, Outstanding Leadership etc.) Once you identify you want to be known for, start to brainstorm different activities you can do to strengthen your brand.
4: WRITE COMPETITIVELY:
All throughout life, we have been taught that bragging is not a good thing. This is true most of the time, but writing a scholarship essay is not the time to be humble. This is your time to show the committee why you stand out. What makes you great? How have you positively impacted others? Why should they invest their money in you? Before you start writing, take time to identify the strong points that you believe will make you stand out.
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