R. Gabrielle McCormick

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…


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 feet in 5 weeks. Yes, you read that correctly. The seed that onlookers had given up on, grows 90 feet in a little over a month. That’s the equivalent of a 9 story building!

However when we look back over what went into its development: does the tree grow in 5 weeks or does it grow over the course of 5 years?

Obviously, what looks like something that occurs within the span of 5 weeks has been maturing over the course of several years. Each day of nurturing allowed the bamboo to develop its roots.


It doesn’t matter where you are right now when it comes to scholarships. Every day you show up and complete scholarship activities, you’re developing your roots.

A few years from now, what will happen because of the work you’re putting in today? Will there be noticeable changes?

My advice? Give yourself the scholarship environment to assist your growth. You need to have deep roots to survive what lies ahead.

Use these scholarships as “plant food” in the upcoming week:

  1. Azily Social Media Scholarship: Are you a high school graduate or undergraduate who is looking to offset the cost of your business, tech, marketing, or communications degree? If so, consider applying for this scholarship about social media platforms.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline:May 30, 2017
  2. FMAA Scholarship Program: High school seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must submit a video describing what the American flag means to them.
    Awards: $3,000
    Deadline: May 30, 2017
  3. PayScale’s Future of Work Scholarship: Whether you’re a woman planning on studying STEM, or a student heading into the world of HR, PayScale offers two distinct scholarships to help you achieve your professional goals while you’re in college. The Future of Work scholarship is currently available to students planning to major in human resources or business. To apply, you must be a high school senior or current college student.
    Award: $2,000
    Deadline: May 30, 2017
  4. Academic Achiever Scholarship: This scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students who have a 3.75 GPA and above. To apply, students must write an essay explaining their academic achievements and how those achievements will help them reach their career goals.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: May 31, 2017

Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺