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College Scholarship Tip: Make it a Volunteering Summer
AAAhhhh…summertime! Use this college scholarship tip to have fun, help others AND win money for school!
Scholarship providers highly value students who have been active in their communities and many applications are designed around the hours a student has volunteered.
Keeping detailed notes about all community service time will make it easier to fill out applications that ask for exact hours worked for each year of high school. Also, note names and contact information of project supervisors and descriptions of the work involved. Impressive letters of recommendation can be obtained from connections made while volunteering and helping others is a wonderful way for students to spend some of those long lazy days of summer.
- Church groups (Vacation Bible School, Youth group, etc…)
- Nursing Homes
- Animal Rescues and Shelters
- Summer Camps
- Daycare Centers
- Sports Teams
- Scouting Groups
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If students can’t find anything on this list that piques their interest, sit down together and make a list of what they like to do, their strengths, and what they are thinking about as a possible career. Once you have this list, see if there are any local organizations that have something to do with what the student has suggested and contact them.
If the student is still unsure about volunteering with unfamiliar people, try volunteering as a family until they are comfortable. I go into great detail in my guide, HOW TO WIN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS, about how volunteering makes a huge difference when applying for scholarships, how students can create their own community service projects, and the way I convinced the local press to feature my son’s project on the front page of our local paper.
This is how students win college scholarships!
Are you or your student currently volunteering? I’d love to hear about your experiences and add to the ideas list. Please share in the comments section below!
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.