R. Gabrielle McCormick

By now, you should know that what you do over the summer can hurt or help your chances of winning scholarships.

Because of this, I want to make sure that you have a strategy. The next two Tuition Tuesdays will be devoted to helping you create a summer scholarship plan.

I’m not asking you to spend 5+ hours a day on scholarships. As long as you commit a minimum of 15-30 minutes working your plan, you’ll begin to see progress.

Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

  1. Decide how much time you’re going to spend on scholarship activities each day.
  2. Schedule this block of time in your calendar and add your upcoming scholarship deadlines.
  3. Create a list of scholarship skills you want to develop or improve over the summer. This could include writing, public speaking, video, etc.
  4. Devote one day a week to reviewing your weekly progress and make any necessary adjustments.
  5. Reach out to advisors, counselors, professors, teachers, financial aid professionals, etc. to see if they can give you additional help, insight, or tips on scholarship opportunities.

DO NOT allow the simplicity of this list to fool you into thinking that you have time. We’re more than halfway through June!

If you don’t have a plan, now is the time to create one; if you do have a plan, now is the time to assess your progress.

Begin to separate yourself from others by following through. Also, make sure you list these scholarships on your calendar:

  1. Digital Privacy Scholarship: The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand why you should be cautious about what you post on the internet. To apply, students must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or current college or graduate school student.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: June 30, 2017
  2. Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship: In an effort to get students committed to the cause of deleting cyberbullying, this scholarship is being offered to high school, college, and graduate students. For the application, students must write an essay answering one of two prompts regarding cyberbullying.
    Awards: $1,000
    Deadline: June 30, 2017
  3. 10 Words of Less Scholarship: Anyone between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending college in the fall can apply for this scholarship. All you have to do is post on the sponsoring organization’s Facebook page telling them why you deserve the scholarship in 10 words or less.
    Award: $500
    Deadline: June 30, 2017
  4. Innovation in Education Scholarship: To apply for this scholarship, you must be a high school or college student that has designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others.
    Award: $500
    Deadline: June 30, 2017

Next week, I’m going to outline even more strategies for executing your plan. But if you need any additional help between now and then, you have my email.
Happy Tuition Tuesday !