R. Gabrielle McCormick

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:

  1. Double check the application deadline. Depending on the number of applicants, any technical issues, holidays, etc. a deadline extension is possible.
  2. 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!
  3. Assess what you already have. Search through your past scholarship applications to see if you have an essay or supplemental materials that can be used or that only require minor tweaks.
  4. Add the scholarship opportunity to your calendar for next year. To avoid the same situation in the future, add the scholarship to your organizer or planner. You may even find an application that has multiple scholarships with some being due over the upcoming weeks or months.

I know these tips may sound simple, but I see students pass on scholarships because they don’t think they’ll have enough time to submit a competitive application. Of course I want you to find scholarships with due dates several weeks out, but if you run across a scholarship where you’re a good fit – APPLY!

Here are this week’s scholarships.

  1. Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarships: The BLF Scholarship program provides financial support to students pursuing a higher education who understand, appreciate, and exemplify Bruce Lee’s passion for education, self-actualization, and honest self-expression. To apply, you must be 16 years of age or older. Please see the website for more details.
    Award: $2,000 – $10,000
    Deadline:June 9, 2017
  2. Abbott & Fenner Scholarships: The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors, as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. To apply, students must write an essay describing their educational career and life goals.
    Awards: $1,000
    Deadline: June 12, 2017
  3. Best Book Light Scholarship: For this scholarship, all you have to do is write an essay describing how a book changed your life. Applicants must be in high school or college to attend.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: June 12, 2017
  4. Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund: This scholarship is specifically intended for students who are re-entering college from time away, perhaps due to financial hardship, personal reasons, etc. Students must attend a Texas college/university, have a minimum of 12 credit hours completed on their transcript, shown promise in their academic career, and be enrolled half or full-time for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
    Award: $2,500
    Deadline: June 13, 2017

Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺