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#CampusChat – College Scholarships: Do THIS, Not THAT!
Students can fill out a college scholarship application, submit it, and then hope for the best OR they can submit the best possible application using tips from actual college scholarship judges.
What would YOU do?
Join us for the #CampusChat Twitter chat on Wednesday, August 3rd, and find out what to do and what not to do when submitting scholarship applications.
Here are the details about the chat:
- What: #CampusChat Twitter Chat
- When: Wednesday, August 3 (Did you miss the chat? No worries, the script is below)
- Time: 1:00-2:00pm, EST
- Topic: College Scholarships – Do THIS, Not THAT!
- Host: Monica Matthews @AidScholarship
- Sponsor: Smart College Visit
Q1 When should parents & their students start the college scholarship process? #CampusChat
A1 DO THIS: Start early! There are college scholarships for students from elementary to grad school #CampusChat
A1 DO THIS: Start where you are right NOW. There is no scholarship season or wrong time to apply. #CampusChat
A1 NOT THAT: Never assume a student is too young or old to win college scholarships #CampusChat
Q2 How can parents and their students find scholarships? The process seems overwhelming! #CampusChat
A2 DO THIS: Pick 3 scholarship matching websites & sign-up. I recommend these: 10 Great Sites for Finding College Scholarships #CampusChat
A2 DO THIS: Download a scholarship app like Scholly and check it daily #CampusChat @MyScholly
A2 DO THIS: Get a list of local scholarships from all area high school websites & your counselor #CampusChat
A2 NOT THAT: Don’t rely on only ONE resource for finding scholarships. Tap into them all! #CampusChat
Q3 How do parents and students decide which scholarship to apply for? #CampusChat
A3 DO THIS: Apply for the scholarships in which the student meets ALL the qualifications #CampusChat
A3 DO THIS: Use the student’s strengths, interests &financial status to create a working scholarship list #CampusChat
A3 NOT THAT: Don’t apply for scholarships that the student meets *most* of the requirements. #CampusChat
Q4 How can students submit more impressive college scholarship applications? #CampusChat
A4 DO THIS: Fill out every line, check every box, leave NO blank spaces #CampusChat
A4 DO THIS: Check & double-check to make sure no info is left out #CampusChat
A4 DO THIS: Have at least 2 pairs of trusted eyes proofread all apps before submitting #CampusChat
A4 NOT THAT: Spill coffee on the app? Print it again & start over. Submit CLEAN apps. #CampusChat
A4 NOT THAT: Never handwrite a scholarship app. Find a way to type into the form #CampusChat
Q5 Should students submit a scholarship (activity) resume with their applications? #CampusChat
A5 DO THIS: YES! Keep it to ONE nice clean precise page #CampusChat
A5 DO THIS: Choose your info that aligns closest with each specific scholarship #CampusChat
A5 NOT THAT: Don’t use a small font to squeeze in more info, avoid confusing abbreviations/text type #CampusChat
Q6 How can students write college scholarship essays that will stand out? #CampusChat
A6 DO THIS: Know the background/mission of the organization offering the award & use this knowledge #CampusChat
A6 DO THIS: Use the tips found here – Know the Why and Use It #CampusChat
A6 DO THIS: Start with a hook! Grab the reader’s attention from the very first sentence #CampusChat
A6 DO THIS: Always proofread for spelling, punctuation & grammar. Have trusted adults double-check #CampusChat
A6 NOT THAT: Never go over word count limits & submit a super short essay just because you can #CampusChat
A6 Find lots of smart scholarship essay tips here: How to Write an Amazing College Scholarship Essay #CampusChat
Q7 How can the required letter of recommendation help win college scholarships? #CampusChat
A7 DO THIS: Give the writer a scholarship resume to help him/her write a more personal letter #CampusChat
A7 DO THIS: Ask the writer to address the letter to the organization offering the scholarship $$ #CampusChat
A7 DO THIS: Ask the right person! Healthcare-related scholarship? Ask at the hospital where you volunteer #CampusChat
A7 NOT THAT: I’ve seen letters addressed to “Dear College Admissions Officer”, for a scholarship app! NO! #CampusChat
A7 NOT THAT: Don’t send 2 or more letters if only ONE is requested. Don’t ignore simple guidelines #CampusChat
Q8 Can social media hurt college scholarship chances? #CampusChat
A8 DO THIS: Yes! Always tweet/ and post using SMART strategies. Read this – TWEET SMART #CampusChat
A8 DO THIS: Think before you tweet, judges have admitted to checking social media habits of students #CampusChat
A8 NOT THAT: Don’t tweet/post about how much you hate scholarship work. I’ve seen this over & over! #CampusChat
Q9 What are some major scholarship mistakes that cause instant rejection by judges? #CampusChat
A9 DO THIS: Use a checklist to make sure ALL materials have been mailed/submitted #CampusChat
A9 DO THIS: Follow ALL guidelines to a “T”, submit apps as early as possible #CampusChat
A9 NOT THAT: Never submit a late scholarship application, just don’t bother! #CampusChat
Q10 What are your best college scholarship DO THIS, NOT THAT tips? #CampusChat
A10 DO THIS: ONLY apply for scholarships that you truly qualify for, don’t waste your time if you don’t #CampusChat
A10 DO THIS: Treat each application as a masterpiece to be proud of, let your hard work shine through #CampusChat
A10 DO THIS: Share exactly WHY you need the scholarship money, don’t hold back! #CampusChat
A10 NOT THAT: Don’t ever assume that you won’t win scholarships. Keep applying until college graduation! #CampusChat
If you have any questions about scholarships or how to participate in a Twitter chat, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 regards 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.
Monica’s scholarship tips have been featured on many prominent websites and she has been dubbed the “Go-To” expert on college scholarships.