5 Great Ways to Win a College Scholarship

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We all know that college tends to come with a hefty price tag, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways that you can reach the goals you have set for yourself. If winning a scholarship is what is standing between you and your college dreams, then you’ve come to the right place. This post is filled with five ways you can win a scholarship. Just remember, if you want the best chance to win a scholarship, make sure that you are applying for every single one that is available. You’re not going to get all of them, but by applying for everything you have a better chance of getting scholarships.

5 great ways to win a college scholarship

1. Put in the work

Many college scholarship applications require you to write an essay, and this is where a lot of people just shy away. They don’t want to put in the work of writing the essay. Fewer candidates are out there writing an essay, so if you’re willing to write one you definitely have the upper hand. Look around for scholarships, you never know what you might find.
Pro Tip: If a 500-word essay is required make sure you’re only writing 500-words and not 1,000. You won’t be looked at when you try to go above and beyond. 500-words is plenty for you to get out what you want to.

2. Proofread 
I cannot say this enough, you need to make sure you proofread your work. You don’t want to have your first impression be filled with spelling and grammatical errors. While in a previous job position, we had someone apply. Her resume was filled with grammatical errors. As a result we didn’t even invite her in for an interview, because our first impression of the her was that she is not detail oriented.
Pro Tip: Grammarly is a great free tool. 
3. Be aware of your online reputation

Once you put something on the internet it is there forever. Seriously, even if you personally remove it, it’s out there lingering in cyberspace somewhere just waiting for the right moment to haunt you. Not only is a good online reputation important when you’re applying for scholarships, but it’s critical when you’re looking for a job as well. Nancy Etz wants to empower women and help them reach their full potential. If you a not so glamorous reputation how is someone supposed to promote you when you’re doing a keg stand in your profile picture?
Pro Tip: Google yourself and see what comes up. If it is not positive, work on changing that. 

4. Get involved in the community

Give back, get a difference, or get involved in your community. Volunteering not only looks great when you\’re applying for a scholarship, but it’ll also make you feel good that you’re doing good. A lot of scholarships come from non-profits whose mission is to help people, so why not show you care by doing something good.
Pro Tip: Volunteer at a nursing home, to clean up around the city or even at a humane society. The possibilities are endless.

5. Don’t ignore the optional questions

But they’re optional! I know, they are! This is where you will get the upper hand once again. Many candidates will skip the optional questions to get it over sooner. If you answer the questions, you have a better chance of standing out, because they know that you take extra care and consideration when it comes to things.

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