5 Ways to increase your chances of receiving a college scholarship
My son is in his junior year in high school. We’ve had a great year learning how to plan for the next stage of his life. I’ve learned a few things that can help other parents increase their chances of receiving scholarships for their children. I thought I’d share with you what I have learned.
1. Help them to start planning in their freshmen year. Concentrate on getting them to make good grades to keep his/her grade point average up.
2. Volunteer somewhere~show leadership and volunteer at church or with an organization like Big Brothers. Do anything you can to stand out above the crowd.
3. Start taking the ACT in your Junior year of high school. You can take it over and over again. Here’s the best part if you make a 30 on Math one time, a 32 the next and a 34 the next they will take the highest score on each and every subject. So your low scores don’t matter. Just work on getting to the 29+ mark on their composite score. Getting the 29 enables you to get lots of good scholarships. My son just retook it for the second time and raised his score from a 29 composite to a 30.
4. Join clubs and if you can try to hold an office. Treasurer, secretary, President, it doesn’t matter. This is just one more way of showing leadership skills and that you have what it takes to get things done.
5. Play an instrument or be on an athletic team. IF you play an instrument make it one that is not popular. My son plays violin. If he played viola he would have more scholarship opportunities. It’s a great way to plan early to get them those hard to reach scholarships.
Getting scholarships for college are not as hard as it seems.
You just need to know what to do to stand out above the other students. That’s what it’s all about. How are you different then the next guy? We are so excited for our next stage in our son’s life. This summer we begin touring colleges and in the Fall we will apply to a minimum of 5 colleges. This way we can compare scholarships offered and see which one meets our needs for him the most. Make sure you start applying for scholarships in the Fall of your senior year. If you wait until Spring you’ve waited too long and the scholarship money has all been handed out.
Did you receive a scholarship for college or did you get student loans?