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February 18, 2011 / Brent Sears

Winning Academic Scholarships

Who taught you how to win scholarships?  Seriously, make a list of the people who taught you how to play the scholarships game. If there is one person on that list you are lucky.  Even in a lot of the high school level college prep courses don’t cover it because instructors are intimidated by it themselves.

Take a step back and think about it though.  If most people don’t know about how to win a scholarship, then that eliminates a lot of competition.  If you just start the research process you are way ahead of most students.  The majority of them will take the path of least resistance and apply for loans and worry about next year when the time comes.

It is here that you have to break away from the herd.  The average student (and by average I don’t mean measured by their GPA) will think that they are not worthy of winning a scholarship.  There must be dozens of other candidates better suited and smarter than me.  There is nothing interesting about me.  Why would anyone give me an award, especially when times are tough?

Most students stay out of the scholarship game because they believe there competition will blow them out of the water.  I have even seen this in students that have 3.75+ GPAs.  They may have been given small scholarships in high school and then never gave it a second thought.

Over the next week I am going to cover this topic each day.  Everything from where to find awards, to how to make yourself into the best candidate, to how scholarships are set up.  I stumbled onto all this out of necessity in 2005 because I wanted more than anything to travel to a foreign country for a semester despite very little language training, no money, an average GPA, and no connection to speak of.

In my opinion the most important thing is learning how to tell the story…or maybe figuring out ways to make it better.

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