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#CampusChat 12-2 Simple Successful Scholarship Strategies
Use these scholarship strategies to win more money for college!
A big problem in the scholarship process is when students overthink and assume it is much harder to win scholarships than it actually is. Seth Bykofsky aka “The College Whisperer” is my guest on the #CampusChat Twitter chat this week and will share simple successful college scholarship strategies for students and parents to ease their minds and get them motivated and excited about finding and applying for scholarships.
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- What: #CampusChat Twitter Chat
- When: Wednesday, December 2 (Did you miss the chat? No worries! The Transcript is below.)
- Time: 9:00 – 10:00pm, EST
- Topic: Simple Successful Scholarship Strategies
- Guest: Seth Bykofsky @GetCollege
- Host: Monica Matthews @AidScholarship
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Q1. You like to keep the scholarship process simple, what exactly do you mean by this? #CampusChat
A1. Knowing where to look for scholarships seems simple, but can be daunting and frustrating. #CampusChat
A1. The objective is to narrow the field, focus in on scholarships for which you qualify and are attainable. #CampusChat
A1. Once you know where to look and which scholarships to go after, the rest is relatively simple – APPLY! #CampusChat
A1. “Simple” doesn’t mean fast, effortless, or without work. It’s a process through which students maximize their opportunities. #CampusChat
Q2. What are some easy ways students can find college scholarships? #CampusChat
A2. Think local. Those cabinets in the Guidance office are full of scholarship opportunities. #CampusChat
A2. In the community – banks, stores, service organizations, employers. There are scholarships hidden in plain sight. #CampusChat
A2. Check out scholarships offered by the colleges themselves. Most are listed on the college websites. #CampusChat
A2. Don’t forget those scholarship search engines. Fastweb. Niche. Chegg. They can literally be a wealth of opportunity. #CampusChat
A2. And always submit FAFSA. Federal grants. Work-Study. Many colleges use FAFSA as their applications for scholarships. #CampusChat
Q3. What are some simple scholarship applying strategies? #CampusChat
A3. Apply for the smaller awards ($500, $250) as well as the big. More of them. Easier to apply for. Greater chance of winning. #CampusChat
A3. Most college scholarships are contests and sweeps. Neither merit nor need involved. APPLY. You have to be in ‘em to win ‘em! #CampusChat
A3. Don’t be afraid of essays. You’ve already written how many? Most can be tweaked to fit the scholarship prompt. #CampusChat
A3. Dedicate time to search and apply for scholarships. The search is simple, but time consuming and requiring ongoing effort. #CampusChat
A3. Stick with it! The return is rarely immediate. Your laptop is not a slot machine. Persistence pays off! #CampusChat
A3. Keep on applying for scholarships while in college. After all, there’s a tuition bill on the horizon! #CampusChat
Q4. What should students focus on in the scholarship essay? #CampusChat
A4. Focus on unique talents and skills in your scholarship essays. Create a scholarship Resume. #CampusChat
A4. Whatever you do in your essay, be responsive to the prompt. #CampusChat
A4. Brevity is the soul of wit – and the makings of a good essay. Be succinct. Be to the point. Be yourself. #CampusChat
Q5. How can students use their talents to find & win scholarships? #CampusChat
A5. There are scholarships for almost everything, even everyday activities and common attributes. Seek and ye shall find! #CampusChat
A5. Left-handed? Transgendered? Star Trek fan? Expert Duck Caller? Duck Tape Master? There are scholarships out there for you! #CampusChat
A5. The most valuable “talent” is perseverance. So easy to quit when you don’t see immediate results. Stay with it. Apply! #CampusChat
Q6. What are 3 simple strategies for capturing the attention of the scholarship judges? #CampusChat
A6. Be concise. You need to have them at “hello.” #CampusChat
A6. Be sincere. Judges can smell fake intent a mile away. #CampusChat
A6. Be genuine. Let your personality and character shine through. #CampusChat
Q7. What online scholarship search sites do you recommend to students? #CampusChat
A7. Start at Fastweb.com, and use this as a base. You’ll be taken to other sites. Come back to Fastweb. #CampusChat
A7. Scholarships.com, Niche.college.com, Chegg.com Stick with what works for you. Keep it simple. #CampusChat
A7. Even College Board’s scholarship search at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-scholarships is helpful. #CampusChat
Q8. What do you think a parent’s role should be in the scholarship process? #CampusChat
A8. Parents should encourage students to “search and apply,” without harping, hounding, or helicoptering. #CampusChat
A8. Parents can look and apply for scholarships, too. Filling out a form. Hitting “submit.” It becomes a vocation for some. #CampusChat
A8. Incentivize students. “We can afford college ‘B.’ If you want to go to college ‘A,’ you need to get scholarship money!” #CampusChat
Q9. How does keeping the scholarship process simple benefit students? #CampusChat
A9. I live by KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) through all facets of the college admissions process. It’s not rocket science. #CampusChat
A9. Most people will avoid the difficult and tedious like the plague. Simple, one-step-at-a-time, keeps students in the game. #CampusChat
A9. Eye on the prize! It doesn’t get any simpler than that. #CampusChat
Q10. What are your 3 overall top simple successful scholarship strategies? #CampusChat
A10. Seek out the scholarships that you qualify for, from every possible source.
A10. Apply. Apply. Apply.
A10. Did I mention, APPLY? It’s not as if Ed McMahon is going to knock on your door with a check for $10 million in hand! #CampusChat
A10. I know. I know. “Who’s Ed McMahon?” #CampusChat
A10. No one can guarantee scholarship money. I can guarantee that if you don’t apply, you won’t get much money for college. #CampusChat
A10. It really is that simple! #CampusChat
Great info! You can find Seth @GetCollege at www.TheCollegeWhisperer.com #CampusChat
I invite you to grab your free copy of my 10 Best College Scholarship Tips found here. #CampusChat
If you have any questions about how to participate in a Twitter chat, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.