How to Start the College Scholarship Process
The college scholarship process may seem confusing and overwhelming at first, but help is here! Keep reading…
You want your student to win college scholarships because, frankly, you don’t have enough money saved to send him or her to the school of their dreams.
Sounds simple, right?
I’ve been there.
Students who feel pressure to win money for higher education with no idea how to start the college scholarship process feel lost and will give-up completely in a short period of time, so what’s a parent to do?
It is imperative that students know why they need to win scholarship money, so the first step is to share exactly why they need to put in the work now. Have an honest talk about your finances and show them the cost of attendance at their dream school. Tell them how much you can afford to contribute and how much they need to raise in the form of scholarships won.
Let your students know what will be expected of them in the scholarship process. Assure them that they are not alone. Tell them how you will partner with them (like I share here) and together more scholarships will be found and applied for.
The college scholarship process does not have to be a mystery!
Send them my most popular post, 10 Great Sites for Finding College Scholarships, and then tell them the importance of applying for as many local scholarships as possible. Purchase this college scholarship listing book to have at your home at all times.
Getting organized right from the start plays a huge part in how scholarships are won because the more organized you are, the more awards your student can apply for. I go into great detail about getting organized in the college scholarship process in my scholarship guides and also recommend the Scholar Prep planner.
My youngest son is a high school senior and we use our Scholar Prep planner almost daily.
When I was first starting my research into how students win scholarships, I purchased a few books and saved a TON of online articles. There really is a lot out there and wading through it all took many dedicated months.
Do you have that kind of time? If you do, great! If not, check out my college scholarship guides, How to Win College Scholarships. I have a guide for parents and a guide for students. If you are not sure which one you need or are wondering if it would be smart to get both, send me an email and I will help you make the best decision for you and your family.
I published what worked so beautifully for my oldest son so parents like you and me would not have to spend as much time as I did wading through the clutter and clicking to nowhere in our Google searches for scholarship help.
As a result, I have helped countless families win thousands of scholarship dollars. (Fist bump!)
Starting the college scholarship process may seem like a daunting task, but help is here. ~ Monica Matthews