R. Gabrielle McCormick

Around this time of year, we enter into “Prom Season”.

While dresses and tuxedos are still a very important piece of the experience, one thing that’s really seen an upgrade over the years is the way students are being asked to prom i.e., “promposals”.

There are of course the cute and corny ideas like:

  • Buying someone a pizza and writing inside the box, “I know this is cheesy, but will you go to prom with me?”
  • Writing on a volleyball, “Prom? I’d dig it if you’d be my date!”
  • And a more economical move, asking “Prom?” in various Taco Bell sauce packets.

But with all of the creative promposals, there are those that take it too far. They inappropriately reference political matters, movies, or use questionable language. Why? Because they’re forgetting about the context and appropriateness of what they’re saying and who they’re saying it to; they’re only connecting with the why, when, and how.

I encourage you to be creative as you apply for scholarships, but don’t fall into the same trap. If you’re unsure about using a piece of material in your essay, examine the big picture and see if it’s appropriate. If not, don’t add it! It’s that simple.

Use your creativity on this week’s scholarships:

  1. Simpson Strong-Tie Academic Scholarship: The Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. has established a scholarship program to assist undergraduate architecture and structural engineering students. Your application must be mailed, so please begin as soon as possible.
    Award: Up to 68 – $2,000 scholarships
    Deadline: April 25, 2017
  2. Sports Unlimited Scholarship: If you’re a student athlete, you’ll want to apply for this scholarship! All you have to do is identify a piece of gear or equipment currently used in a sport and describe how to improve it and why.
    Award: $1,000
    Deadline: April 25, 2017
  3. Albertson & Davidson, LLP Scholarship: This scholarship is open to students who are currently attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university during fall 2017. Applicants must write an essay about wills.
    Award: $2,500
    Deadline: April 26, 2017
  4. The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship: For this scholarship, students must be currently enrolled or accepted to an accredited college or university and a current member of the NAACP. Please see the site for additional information regarding the application.
    Award: Between 20-40 – $2,000 Scholarships
    Deadline: April 28, 2017

Happy Tuition Tuesday ☺