Scholarships: Worth the Effort?
My parents have encouraged me to apply for scholarships. But it seems like a lot of work, and between maintaining my grades and applying for colleges, I just don't feel like I have any time to fill out scholarship applications. Is it really worth it?
Students and financial aid officers all tell me it's very much worth the effort to apply for those scholarships. Here's a great quote from one of my colleagues: "Those who don't apply assure themselves of getting nothing."
Ask your guidance counselor for a list of scholarships you should apply for. Then you can fill out application forms while you watch a movie or a ball game on TV. There are also many online opportunities. In fact, students tell me that applying online is often a much more efficient way to go.
Obviously, not every scholarship application will pay off. But don't give up. Your largest scholarship award could be the next one you apply for!
One more thing: Keep applying for scholarships, even after you're in college. I know a college student who received a hefty scholarship to apply toward his senior year.
Written by Judy Moseman