If you’ve just started looking for appropriate scholarship that will help you pay for (at least a part of) your educational expenses, you might feel overwhelmed. It seems you’re under qualified for everything that catches your eye, maybe the amount offered is not enough or the application process seems impossible to complete. Take a deep breath, calm down, grab your planer, and read a few ideas we have that can simplify your search.
Get an Appointment with your Guidance Counselor
Like the name guidance counselor itself suggests, their job is to talk with ambitious candidates and guide them in the right direction. Tell them about yourself, mention all your strengths, your career ideas and any talents you might have. They usually already know about a lot of offers for scholarships and, having previously worked with many applicants, can help you choose a few where you have a good chance of getting selected. Don’t hesitate to approach your teachers too, especially the ones you’ve cooperated successfully before. If a teacher was satisfied with a project you did together earlier, they can write you a recommendation or offer some interesting ideas. Everyone likes students who think about their future and actively pursue their goals.
Visit Local Businesses and Organizations
If you want to become a chemical engineer and your town has companies that you can imagine yourself working for, try to talk with someone from their human resources team. Many companies are involved in different programs that benefit the community. They might want to find local talents and assist them financially while they pursue their education. It might be expected that you work for them for a certain time period after you graduate, so keep that in mind. However, getting a scholarship and a future job opportunity at the same time seems like an excellent deal. If you have family members or friends that work in the area that interests you ask them to inquire do their employers offer that kind of help to prospective young people in their community. They can also help you get an appointment with HR easier.
If you’ve done some charity work or worked with local non-profit organizations, now it’s time to ask for their help. They are more likely to help a candidate that has proven to be diligent, honest, hardworking and driven. Even if they don’t offer scholarships themselves, they might have partner organizations that provide financial aid for students and they can write you a favorable recommendation letter.
Try to Fully Customize your Search
If you have a certain religious, racial, economical or ethnical background you might be eligible for some scholarships that help students of your group. There’s nothing wrong with using all the opportunities offered to you. Get in touch with some older students in similar situation that have managed to acquire scholarships and ask for their advice. Try to be sociable and pleasant, there’s a chance someone will remember you once they hear for some interesting opportunities, so the scholarship might find you, not the other way around.
Use Online Search Engines
Various free search engines are available online, and you should try out more than one. Make sure you define parameters for your search precisely, so you won’t waste your time with scholarships that are out of your reach. Search engines allow you to keep track of scholarships you’ve already applied for, to follow new ones that show up and to update your profile if something changes. The internet is your friend. Information from all over the USA is available to you. You just need to keep searching. Online resources make it easy to find big name scholarships such as the Coca Cola Scholarship.
Whatever you do, stay motivated. The earlier you start, the more applications you’ll be able to send, and if you notice your profile is lacking in certain aspect, you’ll still have time to improve that. Make sure every application you submit is complete. Don’t expect you’ll be chosen for the first scholarship you apply for, and don’t let rejection letters stop you. Rejection happens to everyone, it just means you need to apply somewhere else.