1909, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: How Many Scholarships Can You Actually Win?

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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When it comes to scholarships, everyone wants to know how many they can “actually win”.

But is this really the right question to ask? In my opinion, no.

Instead of wondering how many scholarships you can win, ask yourself if your current scholarship strategy matches the cost of the university you or your student plans on attending.

Assess your scholarship strategy by answering these questions:

How many scholarships are you or your student applying for per week? Per month?
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1209, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Scholarship Questions to Ask Financial Aid and Admissions

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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Over the last few weeks, I’ve had many students and parents ask me about financial aid and scholarships.

One thing to keep in mind is that even if you don’t qualify for any government aid, there are still special programs and initiatives your current or potential university may offer.

Here are a few questions I recommend you ask your financial aid office or admissions recruiters at upcoming college nights/fairs:

What scholarships or programs are available specifically for ___________________?
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509, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Why You Must Begin Winning Scholarships NOW

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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A lot of students and parents prolong the scholarship process because they believe they have enough time to “figure it out”. But consider this piece of advice I received many years ago:

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“I know I work well under pressure, but it’s not the deadline that creates that pressure. It’s the consequence of what happens if that deadline is not met. That’s what gets me to move, and that’s the problem with setting your own deadlines.

When you create a deadline for yourself, it’s also important to think about the consequence that comes with it. What […]

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2908, 2017

From Tragedy to Triumph: How to Tell Your Scholarship Story

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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This week, thousands of families in the Houston area have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Devastation like this always reminds me of those across the country who have survived tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, and more.

And while you may have never experienced a natural disaster, I’m sure there’s something that has happened to you over the course of your life that’s changed your perspective.

For me, I had a season-ending injury my senior year of high school followed by the loss of my grandfather. It wasn’t a “natural disaster”, but the pain and void was equally as intense.

How do we recover […]

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1508, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Finding the RIGHT Scholarship Support

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a conference with over a thousand entrepreneurs.

While sitting in one of the large banquet halls, I found myself gazing at the massive chandeliers. Hundreds, probably thousands of pieces of glass created these works of art.

However as I stared a little closer, I noticed something…

Thin, barely visible nets hung under each.

It was clear they were there to ensure no one got hit in the head by a piece of glass. But they were also there to prevent any discharged pieces from breaking by catching them before […]

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808, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Dealing with Scholarship Fear

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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Scholarship fear is real because of our uncertainty regarding our performance.

The fear of the unknown can often paralyze us or manifest in ways that are unhealthy.

We don’t know where to look to find scholarships we’re eligible for.

We don’t know if we wrote our essay in a way that connected with the committee.
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108, 2017

Tuition Tuesday: Are You Sure You Really Want to Win Scholarships?

R. Gabrielle McCormick
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“The caliber of my hustle will never make sense until you grasp the magnitude of my target.”
Tyler Harris

Don’t let the glitz and glam of what you see on social media about scholarships fool you and your family.

You don’t see the late nights and early mornings.
You don’t hear the stressful conversations.
You don’t understand the sacrifices.

Greatness comes with a price…where rent is due EVERY DAY!

Are you willing to pay the price to win enough scholarships to pay for college? If not, you’re wasting your time.

But because you’ve […]

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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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