Issue 51 | April 5, 2013 | Scholarship Tips
|The East coast consultant, Maureen Martin, has provided some very helpful information regarding scholarship applications in our featured student section. But first, read some inside information for our NARHS families.|
|INSIDE NARHS: Making Contact|
|In January and February, over 70 families took advantage of the mid-winter promotion and registered, many for the 2013-14 school year. Usually the families registered for next year will not be contacted by an advisor for active consultation services until July. However, if there are questions, we welcome phone calls here at the main office. Silvia Johnson, Kathy Cluck, Becky Meinzinger or I are very willing to answer any or all questions via phone or email. To email an individual staff member, use the first initial, the last name @narhs.org. On the webpage you will see a listing of the staff members here and the spellings of their names. Easier yet, call our toll free number 800-882-2828. Please remember that we operate on west coast time.|
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Maureen's Scholarship Tips
The first recommendation is to perform a search on amazon.com for "scholarships." Because of the sheer volume of scholarships, the best place to look would be a book on scholarships. Books such asScholarships, Grants & Prizes 2013 (Peterson's Scholarships, Grants & Prizes) will have the most up-to-date information, since these are updated yearly. A number of such books will show up in the search. Read the reviews and pick the one(s) that appeal to you.
Another good resource is How to Go to College Almost for Free by Ben Kaplan. This book will give a good method to follow to look for and apply for many scholarships. He had great success using his strategy.
It is an excellent idea to prepare early to make yourself attractive to scholarship committees. Some good items to consider:
Look over some of the scholarships that interest you and look at the essay questions. Are they similar enough so that you can write one essay and alter it a bit to fit more than one application? It is important to answer the actual question asked, in the number of words they require, so understand that your essay will need to be tweaked a bit. But if you have already a framework for the essay, much of the work will already be done.
Find a topic that is not found on your transcript or scholarship application. Or if you choose to include an activity already listed, be very specific about what you did over time and how it affected others.
You want to find an area or interest or topic that will distinguish your essay from the rest of the essays the judges will read. Focus on an attention-grabbing introduction and a strong conclusion- judges have sometimes hundreds of essays to read. You want to grab them in the first few sentences.
Stay organized. Keep a folder that contains your activity logs, letters of recommendation, and essays as well as records of scholarships applied to, responses received, any follow up needed.
Article by Maureen Martin, NARHS east coast consultant
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