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How to Start the College Scholarship Process
The college scholarship process may seem confusing and overwhelming at first, but help is here!
[Updated for 2021]
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?
Sadly, telling students they need to win scholarship money usually backfires for parents of teenagers.
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?
Know that I’ve been exactly where you are right now.
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 (as 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 scholarship process in my scholarship guides and cannot stress enough how much of a difference this makes.
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 guide ebooks, 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 I am here to help you. ~ Monica MatthewsParents, this is how to start the college scholarship process with your students. #ScholarshipMom #Scholarships Click To Tweet
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.