Encouraging and Motivating Students in the College Scholarship Process
Today’s teens are busier than ever with after school jobs, sports, clubs and volunteering, as well as social activities, homework and family commitments. High school juniors are prepping for the ACT and/or SAT and exploring college options, while seniors are making college visits, filling out college applications, and trying to enjoy their final year of high school. While students are preoccupied with all of their activities, their parents are wondering how they will be able to afford the high price of today’s college tuition and all the fees associated with having a student in college. The answer may seem simple to some parents, their student will apply for and win college scholarships! Unfortunately, while there is a ton of scholarship money available for students, most students are not interested in spending time doing something they know little to nothing about. Fortunately, parents can play a big part in the college scholarship process and help their student every step of the way.
Here are four ways to encourage and motivate students to apply for college scholarships:
1. Work Together
Parents can partner with their students in the college scholarship process and assure them that they are not alone. Dividing up the tasks necessary for each application will allow students to ultimately apply for many more scholarships than if they were going through the scholarship process by themselves. Parents can find scholarships, print applications, keep track of deadlines, and organize all the materials needed for each scholarship. Students can write essays, acquire letters of recommendation, and fill out each application. Remember, when a student wins a college scholarship, parents also win in the form of less tuition paid or loans borrowed.
2. Do the Math
Figure out the cost per hour for each scholarship award. If a scholarship award is for $1500 and the student spends three hours working on the application, it would be like getting paid $500 an hour if the student wins the scholarship. Money talks to students and most work low paying jobs, so doing the math and showing them the numbers can be a powerful motivator in the college scholarship process.
3. Have a Time Commitment
Agree to a certain amount of time each day to work on scholarships. Even 20 minutes a day can add up to 140 minutes a week, or 9 hours a month, which becomes easily over 100 hours a year and a TON of scholarship work accomplished. A commitment of 20 minutes a day is not daunting to students and once they settle in and begin working, it easily can turn into more time and more scholarships applications completed.
4. Recycle Scholarship Essays
Many organizations offering scholarship money to students have similar themes when it comes to the essays they ask students to write. Once a student has written a few of these essays, they realize that they are basically writing the same content over and over. Students can easily change a few words in each essay, insert the proper name of the organization offering the scholarship money, make sure they are adhering to word count guidelines, and use their essay responses for multiple scholarship applications. This saves a ton of time and gets students excited about applying, since the essay is usually the hardest part of the application.
Hearing parents complain about the lack of motivation in their students in the college scholarship process is a common theme as college draws near. Using these encouraging tips will help even the toughest procrastinator and lessen the pressure that parents put on their students. For more college scholarship tips and to learn how I helped my son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and graduate from college debt-free, visit http://how2winscholarships.com.
Monica Matthews is the author of “How to Win College Scholarships.” She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regards to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process. Her method of helping students in finding college scholarships, writing unique and compelling scholarship essays, creating amazing scholarship application packets and more, have taught desperate parents to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars. Her scholarship tips have been featured on several websites and she has been dubbed the “Go To” expert on college scholarships. You can find her scholarship guide and tips at http://how2winscholarships.com and on Amazon at http://bit.ly/How2WinScholarships.
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