You may know all the tips to make your scholarship application stand out, but how do you stand out as a scholarship applicant? Check out the tips below to find out how!
- Be involved-A lot of scholarships are looking for students who are involved in extracurricular activities. This can include activities through your school such as athletics, student leadership, clubs, arts, etc., but it can also include work history, volunteerism, clubs/athletics outside of school, and more. You don’t have to be involved in everything, but it is a great idea to find a couple of activities that you like and stick with them through your high school career. An Activities Resume is a great way to keep track of your extracurricular activities.
- Focus on academics-Scholarships are not reserved just for the ‘smart kids,’ but doing well academically is a great way to be a good scholarship candidate. If schoolwork does not come naturally to you, now is a good time to enlist your teachers’ help. With a good support system and a study plan that works for you, you can start your path to doing your best academically. Many scholarships are available for students with a GPA above 2.0 (C average), and more scholarships are available for students with a GPA above 3.0 (B average).
- Be aware of your online presence-If you have grown up with the internet, it can be hard to keep track of your online life. However, a great first step to getting your online presence under control is just to google your name (or your name plus your city if you have a common name) and see what comes up. If you see anything that you would be embarrassed for a scholarship committee or a college admissions representative to see, it is time to delete it. Comb through your social media and delete any posts that do not put you in the best light.
- Develop your grit-Grit is simply the ability to persevere despite setbacks or mistakes. Although you probably won’t find a scholarship application that asks whether or not you have grit, persevering through obstacles is an important life skill that will impress a scholarship committee. You can develop your grit by not giving up when you come up against obstacles at home or in school. In a scholarship application, you will show that you have grit by working hard at school, challenging yourself with sustained effort in extracurricular activities (especially complex skills such as instrumental music, foreign languages, or athletics, but any extracurricular activity can use grit), and learning from your mistakes. Check out this TED Talk to learn more about grit.
Overall, scholarship committees are looking for well-rounded students who are good investments for their scholarship funds. If you are involved and can present yourself in a good light, you can make yourself a good scholarship candidate.