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2023 Savor Summer College Scholarship Winning Announcement
The scholarship decision has been made!
It was another tough year with so many beautiful applications, but there were three (yes, three!) that stood out very clearly among the close to 300 submissions.
A big giant CONGRATULATIONS to the following students:
- Gracie Wood
- Alyssa Gauss
- Cora Corcoran
You will be getting a letter in the mail from me with further instructions. Well done!
To help other students (because that is what I do) understand why these students were selected, here is what the winners did EXACTLY RIGHT.
The Savor Summer Scholarship winners:
- Presented their applications in a beautiful, easy to follow and read format
- Followed all directions
- Included all required materials
- Obviously went the extra mile to be as impressive as possible
- Wrote interesting and detailed essays that were a joy to read
- Began their essays with a hook
- Submitted letters of recommendation (only one each, as requested) that were very personal and helped me to learn more about them
Now for the students whose applications were NOT chosen. These are many of the reasons that I took into consideration when separating the non-winners from the possible winners.
Not all of these reasons were dealbreakers, but they definitely impacted the final decision.
What not to do when submitting scholarship applications:
- Sign the application using a pencil
- Forget to sign the application
- Spit back the essay prompt in the very first sentence (Learn more about this here.)
- Not include the application (This actually happens)
- Only provide a first name (no last name) on the application
- Include more than one letter of recommendation when only one is requested
- Write the essay in one long giant paragraph (This is very hard to follow and read)
- Send the application and all required materials stuffed into a small envelope that arrived ripped and falling apart
- Include a letter of recommendation that begins with, “Dear College Admissions Officer…” (Scholarship letters of recommendation are NOT the same as those submitted for college applications.)
- Leave two spaces between sentences in the essay. This is old-school and indicates that the essay may be parent-written
- Write a very short essay when up to 500 words are allowed
- Fill out the application by hand instead of typing into it
- Forget, or don’t bother, to proofread each part of the application (TIP: Use Grammarly, it’s FREE!)
The essay was the most important part of the Savor Summer College Scholarship application.
After my first 30-second glance, my eyes went directly to the essay to learn more about the applicant.
If you applied for the Savor Summer Scholarship and did not win, please don’t stop applying for scholarships.
Instead, use these tips to improve your chances of winning, and be sure to read the How to Win College Scholarships ebooks to find out how my son won over $100,000 in scholarships and graduated from college 100% debt-free.
Also, be sure to get on our scholarship email list (it’s free) by going here.
Thank you to each and every one of you who applied for my scholarship!
Remember, it is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, so apply again next year if you still qualify. – Monica Matthews
I also recommend this book as the perfect companion to the How to Win College Scholarships ebooks:
Monica Matthews is the author of How to Win College Scholarships. She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regard to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process.
Her method of helping students in finding college scholarships, writing unique and compelling scholarship essays, creating amazing scholarship application packets, and more have taught desperate parents to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars. She teaches them how to apply S.M.A.R.T. with outstanding results.
Monica’s scholarship tips have been featured on many prominent websites, and she has been dubbed the “Go-To” expert on college scholarships.