By now you’ve probably heard a lot of tips about how to earn scholarships and why scholarships are important. While this is essential information, you should also remember that scholarship applications can help you build skills that will be helpful throughout your life, such as:
- How to write an essay: If there’s one thing that you can count on from most scholarship applications, it’s having to write essays. Writing scholarship essays allows you to develop your abilities to write something clear and to the point. This will come in handy when you’re writing papers and taking essay exams in college, when you’re filling out job applications, and when you write professional letters and emails. You don’t have to be a great writer to succeed in life, but the ability to write something that is clear and concise is a valuable skill that you will use many times.
- How to ask for help: No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to complete most scholarship applications without help. Most scholarships require a letter of recommendation, and it is always a good idea to have someone review your application before you submit it. Asking for help may feel awkward at times, but chances are that someday you will apply for a job or a housing situation that will require you to provide references. In addition, it is important to have the ability to reach out to your professors or supervisors when you need assistance. There is no prize for being the most self-sufficient person who struggled through everything alone!
- How to promote yourself: Most of us were taught not to brag from a very young age, and usually that advice holds up. However, there are some situations where it is appropriate (and even necessary) to brag about yourself, within reason of course. Scholarship applications help you take stock of what you have accomplished in your life and play up your best attributes. This skill is also useful when applying for college (all levels of higher education, not just your undergraduate degree), when creating a resume, when being interviewed for jobs, and when completing performance evaluations. In order to get what you want from life, whether it is your top college, your dream career, or a promotion, you need to be able to stand up for yourself and say “I did all these things, and I did an AWESOME job!” Scholarship applications are a great way to start building this skill.
- How to follow directions: You’ve probably had ‘follow the directions’ drilled into your head since you learned how to read (and probably before), but knowing how to comprehend and follow directions is essential as an adult. If you are able to fill out a scholarship application correctly, you will be able to transfer those skills to college applications, job applications, housing applications, tax forms, insurance forms, medical forms, and much more. Plus if you are having trouble understanding something on a form or application, you can put your ‘ask for help’ skills to good use!
- How to handle rejection: No matter how great your scholarship application is, you will not be selected for every scholarship that you apply for. Rejection never feels good, but it is essential to learn to accept rejection with grace when it does happen. If you are able to pick yourself up and move on when you don’t get that scholarship, when you don’t get into that college, or when you don’t get that job, you will be a much happier person in the long run. However, when you do experience rejection, it is okay to take some time to feel sad about it (click here for some self-care tips) as long as you move on afterward.
Scholarship applications can help you earn money for college, but they will help you in other areas of your life as well. What are some other ways that scholarship applications can help you in the future? Leave your answers in the comments below!