R. Gabrielle McCormick

Regardless of if you’re a sports fan or not, the Chicago Cubs can teach you a few things about scholarships.

The Cubs have made it to the World Series for the first time since 1945. Some Cubs’ fans thought their children would NEVER see the team make it back in their lifetime because of the “Curse of the Billy Goat”.

Yes…a goat.

CBS has an interesting cheat sheet that breaks the curse down:

  • 1). A man named William Sianis brought his goat, Murphy, to a game during the World Series in 1945. The goat’s smell, or something else depending on who is telling the story, forced him to be kicked out.
  • 2). Sianis was upset, so hexed the Cubs.
  • 3). Several say that unfortunate plays and incidents over the years are a result of the curse. However, the details of the curse are unsure.

But the last reason is the most important, and where today’s post comes from:

  • 4). The curse may not even exist due to a lack of evidence.

When things go horribly wrong, we often blame something or someone else: a teacher, the committee, our internet, our parents, our schedules, homework, campus jobs, activities…

Whether you win or not, you must be honest with yourself.

What led you to earning the scholarship?

Why did the committee select another applicant?

Assess yourself and past applications before applying to these scholarships:

  1. Young Writers Awards: Use items you already have for these scholarships! Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades can enter into one of the following categories: poetry (a group of three poems), fiction (a short story or one-act play), or nonfiction (a personal or academic essay). All entries must be original work and sponsored by a high school teacher.
    Awards: $250 – $500
    Deadline: November 1, 2016
  2. PlasticPlace Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship Award: The PlasticPlace Young Entrepreneurs scholarship is awarded to select applicants with strong academic credentials pursuing a degree in business, economics, organizational management, or another business-related field, to develop talented minority youth and help prepare them for a successful career in the private sector.
    Award: $1,500
    Deadline: November 1, 2016
  3. Start Standing Scholarship: The Start Standing scholarship is for students who are currently attending or planning on attending college. The essay topic focuses on an issue that their organization is focused on. They want you to tell them about the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle and how someone can combat it. An example may include using a standing desk or treadmill desk at the office, instead of sitting all day.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: November 15, 2016
  4. Youth Noise Scholarship Program: Students who are currently enrolled in a high school, college, university, or trade school are encouraged to submit a video application for this scholarship. The contest will require a 2-5 minute video in which students explain how new ideas will shape the world around us, and why education is the key to creating a brighter future.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: November 21, 2016

Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺