R. Gabrielle McCormick

What if I told you there are three words that can change your family’s scholarship outcomes?

Would you believe me or think I was pulling some sick-twisted prank?

Seriously, there are 3 words that can change how you find and apply for scholarships. Here they are:

If, Because, and Regardless

When defining these words, they are most commonly used to connect two or more thoughts. But when used interchangeably, the entire context and content of a sentence is drastically altered. Take a look:

  • If you feel well, you’ll go to school tomorrow.
  • Because you feel well, you’ll go to school tomorrow.
  • Regardless of how you well, you’ll go to school tomorrow.

A lot of students find themselves at the If Level. They say things like, “If I earn enough scholarships, I’ll attend that university.” However, if they moved up to the Because Level they would drastically increase their chances. The Because Level should ignite you and your family to search for scholarships “because” it’s directly attached to your reason why. For instance, “Because I want to attend that university, I’ll earn enough scholarships.”

And last, we have the Regardless Level. This is the highest level you can achieve because regardless of the circumstances and environment, you’re going to do everything you can to earn scholarships. Students at this level say, “Regardless of what the next committee says, I’m going to continue to go after scholarships.”

So, I challenge you. Which one will it be? If? Because? Regardless?

Think about your answer as you apply for this week’s scholarships:

  1. Thermo Fisher Scientific Antibody Scholarship Program: In order to provide educational opportunities for future generations of science scholars, Thermo Fisher is offering $40,000 in scholarship funding to undergraduate and graduate students for the upcoming semester.
    Awards: 2 – $10,000 Scholarships; 4 – $5,000 Scholarships
    Deadline: November 8, 2016
  2. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards: This scholarship is open to all middle and high school students who have conducted a volunteer service activity within the past year.
    Award: $5,000
    Deadline: November 8, 2016
  3. ValuePenguin Scholarship: Only undergraduate students are eligible for this award. To apply, students must answer questions about finances and their major.
    Award: $2,000
    Deadline: November 15, 2016
  4. Education Matters Scholarship: Students 13 and up can apply for this scholarship! All you have to do is answer this question: “What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn’t matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?”
    Award: $5,000
    Deadline: November 30, 2016

Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺