GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) - If you're getting ready for college, you have a lot on your mind. Between keeping your grades up, studying for exams, and finishing your applications, the last thing you want to worry about is tuition costs.
However, figuring out your college finances should be a top priority. If you're stressing out about the high cost of tuition, student scholarships are a great way to lessen the blow to your wallet.
Unsure how to start? Follow these tips to simplify the scholarship application process.
1. Make Sure You Meet the Requirements
One of the most important aspects of applying for a scholarship is making sure you've met each of the sponsor's requirements. Carefully read all of the scholarship information to confirm you leave nothing out … and pay close attention to the application deadline!
2. Choose the Right References
Great references and recommendation letters can clinch the scholarship decision for you. Instead of family members, choose teachers or supervisors who know you and your work ethic. When asking for a recommendation, it's best to talk in person or over the phone. Provide them with as much information about the scholarship as possible. That way, your references will be able to tailor their letters to the sponsor's exact goals and requirements.
3. Include Your Extracurricular Activities
Yes, it's important to be professional in your application and to include all of your scholastic achievements. However, scholarship sponsors also look for well-rounded applicants who have hobbies and interests outside of the classroom. So participate in clubs and activities that appeal to you and include them in your application! In addition, your experiences outside of the classroom can add a unique angle to your application essay.
Available Student Scholarships
Now you know how to apply for scholarships, but where exactly should you start? Members of First Community FCU are eligible for youth scholarships of $500 … click here to learn more!
All topics for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide legal advisement.
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