- It’s Time to Network
I know this can be scary, but it’s time to talk to people. If you don’t know what is out there, it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. The best place to start is within your family and friends. There are lots of scholarships available for relatives of employees. These are great because they aren’t often well advertised.
- Do Your Research
There is so much scholarship money out there you have to find it. The internet is one of your best friends in this situation. You need to start the hustle and get to work. Some great sites to help you on your search is scholarshipscanada.com, schoolfinder.com, studentawards.com. And for our neighbours down south Fastweb.com, scholarships.com, and brokescholar.com are great alternatives. Don’t keep your research focused online mix up the mediums. There are great books published yearly that have extensive information on thousands of scholarships are available.
- Ask for Help
Whether you are in high school or enrolled in college one of the best things you can do is speak to a guidance or financial aid counsellor. Your guidance counsellor can help you find local scholarships you might not have looked into. Plus, with a financial aid counsellor, they can help you find options that are more tailored towards you.
- Keep Applying!
The more you apply the more you increase your likelihood of winning scholarship money. One misconception is that there are only scholarships available during certain periods during the year. This is false there are many scholarships available throughout the year.
- Apply for the Scholarships that seem “Difficult”
The more challenging they some the less likely there is competition for the scholarship. This will help increase your chances.
- Hone in on your Writing Skills
It is often discouraging applying for scholarships because they often have some kind of writing component. It helps to write daily to help you become more confident in your writing abilities. The more confident you are at writing the easier it becomes to apply. A great resource to help you write a scholarship essay is How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay by Gen and Kelly Tanabe.
- Don’t Forget to Proofread!
It is important to proofread your work prior to sending it in. A tip I received from an old English teacher is to read your essay backward. This way you avoid just doing a quick scan and you pay better attention to what you are reading. It also helps to get a second set of eyes to read your essay to ensure that there are no errors.
- Apply Early!
The earlier you apply the more time you have to prepare your essay before deadlines. Applying closer can result in a rushed finished product. Giving yourself as much time possible gives you a quality final product.
- Beware of Scams
There are great legitimate sites out there, but there are also scams out there. Legitimate sites provide their services for free. Any sites that require credit card information are illegitimate.
- Don’t Discriminate
There are smaller scholarships that are out there that students don’t apply because they believe they are too small but scholarship money adds up. Plus that extra $500 could help pay for textbooks or other costs.
We’ve given you the quick tips! If you want more detailed information feel free to look up the resources we found helpful:
I hope this helps you pay for school. If you have any tips to help get that scholarship, please let me know in the comments.