Scholarships are an important tool that makes college more accessible and affordable. Although most scholarships are geared towards high school seniors, your child can start applying for scholarships as young as 4 years old, so it’s important to start the application process early to maximize the number of grants that can be received. Financial assistance is a necessity for most families, especially those who want their child to continue their education past the undergraduate level. Most of these scholarships require applicants to write an essay and oftentimes, your child is competing against thousands of other students hoping to receive the same grant. However, they’re ways to increase the chances of your son/daughter receiving that scholarship money. A strong support system can motivate students and help to ensure that they’re presenting the best version of themselves. Following these tips can help make your child stand out from other applicants.
Things to Note:
- The scholarship process takes time and dedication, so it’s important to keep your child motivated and be willing to put in the time and effort
- The scholarship organization wants to see well-rounded individuals, so it’s important to highlight the remarkable qualities your child possesses(grades, extracurriculars, notable character traits, etc.)
- Look at lesser-known scholarships as well to increase the number of possible grants that can be received
- Your child can apply for scholarships up to their senior year in college
- College Scholarships can be used for more than just tuition, such as textbooks, room, and board, living expenses, etc.
- Scholarships can target students based on race, gender, special interests, etc. so it’s important to see what criteria apply to your child