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College Scholarship Judging
What can students do sway important college scholarship judging decisions? Keep reading…
When I was doing my own personal scholarship research that helped my son win so many scholarships, I quickly realized how important it was to get into the mind of the judges and find out what they were looking for in choosing a winner. Students who take the time to learn about college scholarship judging will be one big step ahead of all the other applicants.
I wrote extensively about what I learned and all of my strategies are found in my scholarship guide, but here is a little taste:
Judges love to hear about how a scholarship applicant has faced a major hurdle or challenge in his or her life, but it is HOW they overcome this challenge that really helps them win a scholarship. Let’s face it, we’ve all had our own personal challenges, no matter how big or small they may be. Scholarship judges don’t just want to know that you have had a challenge, but EXACTLY what you did, how you felt, what you learned along the way, and the outcome of your challenge.
Let’s look at the beginning of two different scholarship essays that are answering the question, “Why I deserve to win this scholarship”
1. I deserve to win this scholarship because a few years ago I was very sick but somehow survived and now I need the money to go to college. (yada, yada, yada….)
2. I can still remember the smell of the hallway as my mom and dad said goodbye as the nurses wheeled me away and into surgery. The questions floated around my semi-induced sleepy state of mind and again I wondered why I had to be the one to be diagnosed with leukemia. It seemed like my life had turned into one painful fight after another, but slowly I could feel myself getting stronger and my will to live and overcome the unfairness of my situation started to change me…
Can you see the difference between the two? Can you FEEL the difference? I can! Students, pour your heart and soul into your scholarship application essays! Don’t skim over important details of your life. The judges want to know YOU and not just your name on the application. Be sure to read this post for more ideas on sharing details in scholarship essays.
My son didn’t have any huge problems either, but we found a way to highlight the challenges he did face and share details about what he did to make a difference in his life and the lives of others.
I could go on and on here, but I won’t. You need to read my scholarship guide to find out other ways to get into the minds of the scholarship judges. What I found when researching college scholarship judging is GOLDEN.
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.