R. Gabrielle McCormick

Happy New Year!

It’s been a little while since we’ve last interacted with each other, but you have been on my mind.

As I thought about what to talk about first in 2016, I thought about my current scholarship journey. I thought about what I would’ve needed if I were in your shoes, right now. The word that comes to mind? Encouragement. The scholarship process is not entirely easy. It’s simple, but there is work that has to be done. However, once you master the elements of the process and system, it gives you confidence.

Think about a professional football player. At its fundamental level, the goal of football is to run around with an oddly shaped brown piece of plastic (or leather) and get it across a line to earn seven points. Football from this perspective is relatively simple. What makes it difficult is the fact that there are twenty-one other people on the field, excluding the referees. There are additional rules that can make it difficult to cross the goal-line; there are plays, time limits, weather conditions, and fatigue that all impact the outcome of the game.

But all twenty-two players don’t quit and tell the fans to go home before the game is over. (No we aren’t including the mercy rule here!) They continue to play until the clock reaches 00:00:00. They are on the field the entire time. Then what happens – they move on to the next game because there are umpteen more to go. They have the entire season to correct any mistakes for their chance to win.

The scholarship process works the same way. You write some words on a paper before a given time and submit it to a committee. It’s that simple. What makes it more challenging is that there are certain words that must be written, other applicants, and pressure to perform at a high level. But when you understand that there are strategies, tools, resources, processes, and requirements – you keep going regardless of if one scholarship has been awarded to you or anybody else; you understand that scholarships are a year-round season with many opportunities for you to win.

Whatever you do – do not quit. Do not give up. Keep going. Here are this week’s first 2016 selections:

    1. Kelly Lynn Lutz Memorial Foundation: This scholarship was established to help young adults achieve a college education. Each year the KLL Foundation will seek out eligible candidates to offer financial and emotional support as they pursue their dreams in the aftermath of cancer. The scholarship will be a $2,000 gift, renewable for up to a total of four years ($8,000 total maximum), and awarded annually.
      Award: $8,000
      Deadline: January 10, 2016
    2. Letters About Literature: Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.
      Awards: Up to $1,000
      Deadline: January 11, 2016
    3. Arby Brothers Scholarship Program: Although this scholarship is only worth $200, that’s a textbook or two. I like to call these type of scholarships “confidence builders” because if you can earn it, your confidence soars. If you don’t, you still have a level of satisfaction from actually completing an application. This scholarship is open to students pursing a degree from an accredited college or university. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all encouraged to apply.
      Awards: $200
      Deadline: January 15, 2016
    4. EditRevise $10,000 Scholarship Essay Contest: For this scholarship, submit any essay you used for a college application. You must be applying for an undergraduate degree for enrollment at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada in 2016 (or 2017 if taking a gap year).
      Awards: $10,000 and multiple EditRevise credits
      Deadline: January 15, 2016

Happy Tuition Tuesday! ☺