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#CampusChat 10-14 College Scholarship Tips Galore!

This week’s #CampusChat Twitter chat is going to be chock full of college scholarship tips

10 Best College Scholarship Tips

All my winning scholarship secrets are revealed right here >>

I will be sharing my best tips and collaborating with other higher ed professionals to bring parents and students the best advice for searching, applying, and winning college scholarships. 

We will be discussing all aspects of the college scholarship process including:  the application, the essay, getting strong letters of recommendation, using a scholarship/activity resume, meeting deadlines, and more.

If you or your students are looking to win college scholarships, don’t miss this #CampusChat!

  • What:   #CampusChat Twitter Chat
  • When:   Wednesday, October 14 (Did you miss the chat? No worries! The script is below.)
  • Time:    9:00 – 10:00pm, EST
  • Topic:   College Scholarship Tips Galore!

Q1. How do students get started in the college scholarship process? #CampusChat

A1 Make lists of student strengths, interests, possible majors, volunteering, leadership roles, clubs, hobbies, job info #CampusChat

A1 Get organized – place report cards, awards, honors, community service contact info into a folder #CampusChat

A1 Become familiar with terms: FAFSA, need-based scholarships, merit scholarships, financial aid, net price calculator, etc. #CampusChat

Q2. What are the best ways to find college scholarships? #CampusChat

A2 Get the word out! Ask employers, churches, clubs, and local businesses if they offer scholarships #CampusChat

A2 Check websites of all local high schools and colleges – most have a dedicated scholarship page #CampusChat

A2 Get a local list from high school guidance counselors, sign-up for scholarship matching sites #CampusChat

Q3. How can students make their scholarship applications shine? #CampusChat

A3 Follow ALL directions, include ALL required materials. Only apply if fully qualified. Type all applications. #CampusChat

A3 Proofread all parts of the application and have at least one trusted adult do the same. Check for missed boxes/fields. #CampusChat

A3 Submit clean, well-organized applications and research the background of the organization to use in the essay. #CampusChat

Q4. What can students do to write a fabulous scholarship essay? #CampusChat

A4 Make sure word count requirements are met and write with passion. The essay is the heart of the application! #CampusChat

A4 Direct the essay to the organization offering the scholarship money. Let them know WHY you are the best applicant. #CampusChat

A4 Fully answer the question asked. If a 2 part question, answer both parts. Start with a hook to draw the reader in. #CampusChat

Q5. How do students get the strongest letters of recommendation for scholarship apps? #CampusChat

A5 Give the letter of rec writer LOTS of time to write, at least 2 weeks before the application is due #CampusChat

A5 Give the writer an activity/scholarship resume. This helps the letter become more personal. #CampusChat

READ:  Do I need a College Scholarship Resume?

A5 Pick the writer carefully and let them know the focus of the scholarship. (Future med student picks hospital director) #CampusChat

Q6. How can parents motivate students and help them in the scholarship process? #CampusChat

A6 Parents should guide, help, and assist in the scholarship process, but not do all the work for the student. #CampusChat

A6 Parents can find the scholarships and remind students of deadlines and essay details. #CampusChat

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A6 Parents can help students get and stay organized, let them know they are not alone in the scholarship process. #CampusChat

Q7. What are some ways to get a mailed-in scholarship app noticed by the judges? #CampusChat

A7 Mailing a neat (not crumpled or stained) application that is typed and well organized with proper postage affixed #CampusChat

A7 Making sure the application materials get to the organization by the due date and NOT late. Mail extra early! #CampusChat

A7 Student name on each page of the app, no missing documents, right materials for THAT scholarship included #CampusChat

Q8. What are some submission tips for online-only scholarship applications? #CampusChat

A8 Submit online scholarship applications early, websites can get overloaded at the last minute #CampusChat

A8 Include links to impressive Pinterest boards, personal websites, LinkedIn profiles, newspaper articles #CampusChat

A8 Write in another program and save as info is transferred to the online app. Info gets lost when sites/computers freeze. #CampusChat

Q9. What are popular scholarship mistakes and how can students avoid them? #CampusChat

A9 Mistake: Assuming they won’t qualify because of income or GPA. Read all guidelines carefully! #CampusChat

A9 Mistake: Avoiding scholarships w/essays. Write a few great ones & reuse them. Double-check word count. #CampusChat

A9 Mistake: Starting in spring of senior year. Start EARLY! There are scholarships for ALL levels of students. #CampusChat

Q10. What are your 3 very best college scholarship tips? #CampusChat

A10 Print out the guidelines and read them over several times, check off materials as they are gathered & included. #CampusChat

A10 Never assume a student will not qualify for scholarships. High income? Apply for ones w/o financial need requirements. #CampusChat

A10 Search EVERYWHERE for scholarships (not just the net!) & have friends/family help you. More eyes find more scholarships! #CampusChat

If you have any questions about how to participate in a Twitter chat, feel free to email me at info@how2winscholarships.com.

Everyone is welcome for College Scholarship Night on #CampusChat, so please join us!

#CampusChat 10-14 College Scholarship Tips Galore!

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