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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.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
Everyone is welcome for College Scholarship Night on #CampusChat, so please join us!
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.