2507, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Scholarship Motivation for the End of Your Summer Break

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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As we near the end of summer break, I have a question for you: Is your scholarship momentum increasing or decreasing?

In case you need a little push to get things done or encouragement to keep going – here’s some motivation from one of my former high school art teachers.

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Jaco’s Rules for Art and Life
Ask yourself tough questions
Look the truth straight on
Play to your strengths
Be completely committed
Work harder than everybody
Be prepared to sacrifice
Be mentally tough
Explain the whys
Know your stuff
Build confidence
Act, don’t react
Keep it simple
Chase perfection
Focus on fundamentals
Run to win
If you believe in yourself and have the courage, […]

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1807, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Apply for Scholarships Based on Your Extracurricular Activities

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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The other day on Facebook, I saw a video showcasing “palm painting portraits”. It’s okay…I had never heard of the terminology either.

It’s when an artist paints a realistic portrait on the palm of their hand, then uses their palm as a stamp. The paint is transferred from their hand to the canvas, paper, etc., creating amazing artwork.

I can show you better than tell you, so take a look at this talented artist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4uPv4yNvV0.

Pretty cool right?

After watching that video and others, it made me wonder about your talents, gifts, hobbies, and extracurricular activities. Because there are tons of […]

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1107, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Planning Your Scholarship Work, Working Your Scholarship Plan Part 3

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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Over the 4th of July break, I really dissected the message behind Parts 1 and 2 of this series…and I realized I had missed something very important: The Art of Finishing.

We often struggle with getting started, but completing a project can be equally challenging.

Think about the papers you start and finish a week or two later; the homework assignments you begin during class, but dread completing that night; and let’s not forget about chores, exercise plans, New Year’s resolutions…you get the point.

We start great, but finish weak.

Why is that? What keeps us from maintaining our motivation throughout […]

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2706, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Planning Your Scholarship Work, Working Your Scholarship Plan Part 2

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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I really hope that you took last week’s Tuition Tuesday post seriously.
It was a busy week for me (I’m finishing up 125+ pages of content for a new scholarship resource), so make sure you refresh your memory by clicking here.

Now that you’ve planned the work you’re going to do over the remainder of the summer, it’s time to work your plan.

I recommend adding these 5 things to your daily schedule in order to finish the last half of summer break strong:

Motivation: This is your reasoning behind your actions. Each day, remind yourself why you’re sacrificing your time […]

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2206, 2017

FAFSA Week 35 Update | Goal Met!

College Access & Success Advocates,

CONGRATS! 14,938 (53%)* of Dallas County seniors have completed the FAFSA as of May 26. This is 4,176 more seniors with complete applications compared to where you all were May 26 last year.

Shout Outs:

In 12 out of 15 districts, more than half of seniors have completed FAFSA applications. DeSoto ISD and Uplift Education have the highest year over year increase in their completion rates! 77 campuses have exceeded the countywide goal of 48%.

To see a county and district-by-district breakdown of the data, click here.
To see a campus-by-campus breakdown, click here

Takeaways from Week 35 Data:

Your hard work has met and exceeded this year’s FAFSA goal and […]

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2006, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Planning Your Scholarship Work, Working Your Scholarship Plan

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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By now, you should know that what you do over the summer can hurt or help your chances of winning scholarships.

Because of this, I want to make sure that you have a strategy. The next two Tuition Tuesdays will be devoted to helping you create a summer scholarship plan.

I’m not asking you to spend 5+ hours a day on scholarships. As long as you commit a minimum of 15-30 minutes working your plan, you’ll begin to see progress.

Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

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606, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Why Winning Scholarship Essays Take Time

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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Some things just don’t microwave well.

For example, you probably wouldn’t want a steak that’s been cooked in the microwave. Although it would be edible, it wouldn’t be appealing to your taste buds.

How about a steak that’s cooked in the oven, on the stove, or on a countertop grill? I’m sure it would dramatically increase the flavor.

But there’s something about a grilled steak…

The grill marks, the seasoning, the tenderness…

A steak can’t be cooked in a matter of minutes, it takes time; your scholarship essays take time too!

Winning scholarship essays don’t happen overnight! Give your essays and applications enough […]

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3005, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: What to Do When You Find a Scholarship at the Last Minute

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but sometimes I find scholarships days before they’re due. In some instances, it’s the day of!

Here are a few tips I recommend for when you stumble upon a scholarship at the last minute:

Double check the application deadline. Depending on the number of applicants, any technical issues, holidays, etc. a deadline extension is possible.

Double check the application requirements. In your panicked state, you don’t want to overlook a key eligibility requirement that negates your work. You’d rather be safe than sorry!
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2305, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Why Consistently Applying for Scholarships Matters

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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This week’s Tuition Tuesday post is an “oldie but goodie”. It focuses on something that we sometimes overlook when going through the scholarship process: Growth.

Keep that word in mind as you read this week’s post…

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In Asia, there’s something called a Chinese bamboo tree.

And although bamboo is quite common in the country, this particular tree can take up to five years before any noticeable changes occur. Can you imagine watering a tree daily, year-after-year, without seeing any results?!

But in year five, the tree that nobody ever believed would show signs of change, grows about 90 […]

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1605, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Another Place to Find Scholarship Information

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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Graduation season is upon us! With that comes a great opportunity for you to collect scholarship information.

As college graduates reflect on their experience, there are probably a few things you can learn – especially if you’ll be attending that institution.

Here are a few questions I suggest asking anyone that’s graduating:

Did you earn any scholarships? If so, how many and which ones?

What piece of advice would you give me when applying for scholarships at ______________________?

What piece of advice would you give someone majoring in ________________________ with the goals of entering the _________________ field?
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