5 Tips to Win a College Scholarship

It is becoming harder and harder to afford higher education without going into a debt. For this reason students and their parents start to think in advance about getting a scholarship. However, the question remains ‘How to win scholarship when the competition is so rough?.’

We have prepared 5 tips for you to follow and increase your chances of getting a college scholarship.

  1. Think about Your Strengths and Passion

Before choosing a college you want to apply for, give yourself some time to examine your strengths and passions. When you know what you want to do in life, when you understand what drives you and when you feel confident in particular area, it will be much easier to stand out among other contestants. Following your heart and showing your passion can become a strong point in your scholarship essay or during the interview. According to money.com, you highly increase your chances to win a scholarship in the fields you are really interested in, so do not hesitate to show a sparkle in your eyes to the scholarship committee.

  1. Use a Scholarship Matching Tool

You can enjoy the benefits of living in the 21st century by using scholarship matching tools like Fastweb, Scholly, or Unigo. These sites will examine your data and offer you scholarships that will best match your profile. With such help you can truly increase your chances to win a scholarship.

  1. Practice Writing a Scholarship Essay

Lots of colleges require writing a scholarship essay. Even though such essays are regarded as mission impossible by many students, in fact you can rock this task if know how to do it right. Firstly, polish your writing skills before getting down to an essay. Enrich your vocabulary, improve grammar and punctuation, and do not forget to learn about some writing techniques. Secondly, get to know the requirements of a scholarship essay you need to compose. Do not let the wrong formatting influence your success. Be creative and make your essay stand out. Finally, have someone to proofread your essay. It can be your teacher,  guidance counselor or one of the scholarship essay editing services. It’s crucial to have a second pair of eyes take a look at what you’ve written.

  1. Prepare for the Interview

Many colleges will require you to attend an interview. For this reason do not hesitate to get prepared. Think of the possible questions you may be asked and practice giving the answers to these questions. Getting ready beforehand will provide you with confidence, so you will not get lost being all stressed out.

  1. Do not Limit Yourself

It is believed that the more scholarships you apply for, the higher your chances are to win one. What is more, remember that local scholarships and smaller awards are easier to get, as the competition is not that rough. Such scholarships can help you cover your books, supplies and living expenses.

Another thing to try out is applying for scholarship that will best suit your passion. Did you know there are awards for zombie lovers, Doodle 4 Google, or Gamers Helping Gamers? The list of weird scholarship is endless, so you can definitely find the one suitable for you. Plus, as there are fewer applicants for such awards, it is easier to win them.

As you see winning a scholarship is not so black as it is painted. You just need to prepare yourself, dedicate some time to research, show your best and do not forget to be yourself. Be honest and passionate about your future, and let the scholarship committee see that.

by Rhonda Martinez

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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