Becoming Debt Free in 2009

March 31, 2009

Tips for Getting Scholarships (Part 3)

Filed under: Scholarships — ambercouric @ 9:14 am

Here you go.  The final part of all I know about scholarships.

Areas three and four are extra curricular activities and volunteer work.

I remember when I was in high school a teacher told me to participate in the activities that I love not to participate in everything.    Perfect advice.  This is even more relevant today.  Colleges are looking for students that show a real passion for something.  We have found that three or four real extra curricular activities with leadership positions in some of those works out well.   We try to focus on one sport, one instrument, one academic and one service club.  This way everything is covered.  Being a member of 20 clubs but not participating really doesn’t help with scholarships.  Being able to show that you were truly committed to the clubs you were involved with is much better.  It is important for a student to be willing to step up and be the organizer of the big fund raiser, work to make ALL – State band, editor of the newspaper or yearbook.  Show leadership.

The final area is charity.  Most of the scholarships we have been involved with have a community/ volunteer component that they look for when deciding the recipient.  This is the area that sets you apart from the other 25 kids who have the same GPA and SAT scores.  I have found that once a student makes it past the first round for scholarships this is the area that is the deciding factor.  I truly believe that the scholarship that Kennedy just received came down to this.  He has two areas that he spends a lot of volunteer time.  These two areas speak of a student’s character and that is what schools are looking for.

To put this in perspective, there is a college forum that I visit quite often.  Announcements came out last week for their tops scholarships.  I think all of the kids that post that won the scholarship had  more than 400 hours of volunteer service.  Many had started some project that involved the school or community.

Hope some of these tips help.



  1. Thanks!

    Comment by Angie — March 31, 2009 @ 11:57 am

  2. I had my stepson (junior) read this so he didn’t think I was just making things up! Thanks for the great tips.

    Comment by Converting A Spendthrift — April 2, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

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