How to Get Your Teens Excited About College Scholarship Work
College scholarship work is well…work, I know! Use these tips to get your teens excited about applying for scholarships!
(Post updated December 2019)
Parents, I know how busy your teens are, trust me. I’ve been through it with my two oldest boys and am currently the mom of a high school junior. Teens today have after-school clubs, sports, part-time jobs, classwork, and social lives. Oh and don’t forget volunteering, college applications, church obligations, and family commitments.
I’ve heard every excuse in the book as to why teens believe they don’t have time for college scholarship work.
On the flip-side, I know how desperately you need them to win college scholarship money. You only have so much money coming in each month and most of it is tied up in your everyday living expenses. Where will the extra money come from that will pay for college?
You expect me to do college scholarship work?
Unfortunately, the desire for your teens to do college scholarship work to help them win money for school directly conflicts in their minds with the business of just being a teen in today’s society.
What is a parent to do?
Getting teens to find the time to apply for college scholarships can be tricky. My best tip is to communicate with them in their language. This means, instead of a verbal reminder, an encouraging reminder text or email sent a few weeks before the due date will get a better response and attitude.
Verbal reminder: “That scholarship essay I told you about weeks ago is due tomorrow!”
Text/email reminder: “You are a great writer, just a reminder that the credit union scholarship essay worth $1000 is due next week. Let’s sit down together this weekend and brainstorm ideas before you start writing. OK?”
Believe that your student CAN and WILL win college scholarships and they will be more apt to believe it themselves and make time to apply. Having an open and honest discussion about family finances and how much their dream school will cost is also extremely important as I share in this post.
Some teens need even more motivation when it comes to college scholarship work.
“I’m too busy to work on scholarships.”
“I am here to help you”
“Set aside just 15 minutes a day for scholarships.”
“I will find the scholarships and you write the essays.”
“I have no idea what to write about for the scholarship essay.”
“Let’s brainstorm ideas together.”
“You are great at <insert skill here> and I’m sure the scholarship judges would love to hear about it.”
“I found examples of winning essays for you to read to get a feel for what a great scholarship essay looks like.”
“I’m sure the college will award me with lots of money, why bother applying for outside scholarships?”
“I did some research and your dream school only awards partial scholarships to students with your GPA. If you truly want to go there, we need to do as much college scholarship work as possible.”
“The more scholarships that you apply for, the better and faster you will get at applying. Let’s do this together.”
When she gets tired of applying, I remind her that she has made over $200 an hour so far and that gets her excited again.
She is my second daughter to use the ideas in your scholarship guide with success.” Proud Dad
“Only smart students win scholarship money.”
“You have so many strengths and talents. I found scholarships for you not based on grades.”
“I discovered a way to make your scholarship applications stand out and get noticed by the judges.”
“As a team, you and I can get much more college scholarship work done.”
Be sure to read: Teamwork Makes the College Scholarship Dream Work
Have you heard any of these excuses? What did you do?
Please share your successful motivational strategies in the comment box below. Together we can help students apply for more scholarships! ~ Monica Matthews