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College Scholarship Tip: Join Enrichment Clubs Like FIRST Robotics
The FIRST Robotics program literally changed the life of my son!
Can you relate?
My husband and I were dealing with that same dilemma with our youngest son, a high school freshman. He is a smart kid, but is content with going to school and then coming home and spending the rest of his day playing video games.
Knowing how important scholarship prep is, I started looking for something that might spark his interest and compel him to get out and try something new that one day may benefit him in the college scholarship department. A new FIRST Robotics team had just formed in our area and my husband and I strongly encouraged him to try out “just one meeting”.
Well, let me tell you, it was one of the smartest parenting decisions that we’ve made in a LONG time.
The advantages of being on a FIRST Robotics team are many and there are millions (yes, millions) of scholarship dollars available for FIRST members.
My son is learning computer coding, robot building, marketing, safety, proper use of hand tools, and so much more.
Read about our experience so far with FIRST Robotics and the results of our first competition here. (This post was also published on the FIRST Robotics website!)
Sometimes we need to give our students a little push in the right direction and encourage them to step outside of their comfort zones, especially when we see them stuck in a rut and not developing the skills we know are just waiting to get out.
I highly recommend programs like FIRST Robotics and other similar educational, yet super fun, organizations for our kids who will be college-bound in a few short years.
Video games are great, but that controller needs a rest too!
Do you have a question about the FIRST Robotics program? Feel free to share in the comments section and I will tap into my FIRST Robotics resources to answer your question. Looking for more scholarship tips like this one? Download your copy of How to Win College Scholarships by clicking here.
2019 UPDATE: After two years on his FIRST Robotics team, my son was chosen as team captain. In his senior year of high school, he was admitted into his dream school, the University of Michigan. I have no doubt that the skills and life lessons he learned as a result of his FIRST Robotics experience played a HUGE role in his college acceptance and the thousands of scholarship dollars that he won.
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.
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