*It is a good idea to include a cover letter with your scholarship
State and National Scholarships
State of Kansas Student Aid Applications
Online application available at: www.kansasregents.org
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
There is a $12 application fee
Paper applications are available in the counselor’s office
- Available on the website www.studentscholarships.org
- Click on the scholarship tab at the top of the page to find available scholarship descriptions and applications
- Available on the website www.ksamlegion.org
- Click on the "Scholarships" icon at the bottom of the page to select the scholarship that you would like to view and print off the application
Not only does this resource provide actionable tips on applying for scholarships, but it also helps students realize how accessible and truly valuable getting a scholarship can be. Higher education costs are at an all-time high, and landing into the right scholarship could be the difference between graduating debt-free or paying off loans for years and years. The great news is that anyone can just be eligible for some type of scholarship. They just need to know where to look and be organized enough to apply. This guide takes them through the steps.
SCHOLARSHIP TIP: Register for a separate e-mail account that you use just for scholarship and college correspondence. It will make it easier for you to access them instead of having to wade through your personal e-mails to find them!
One of the most critical stages in a college-bound teen’s life is the process of applying to college. And while many activities lead up to the point of applying to a select group of colleges, the focus of this article is on maximizing your efforts on your college applications.
More specifically, this article discusses six strategies that are absolutely critical to mastering the college application process - and moving your closer to your goal of obtaining acceptance to the colleges of your choice.
You might consider developing a checklist or spreadsheet with critical elements needed for your applications, including deadlines. For example, most colleges require your application, official high school transcript, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation. Some schools request work portfolios and other supporting documents.
FOCUS ON ACCOMPLISHMENTS/LEADERSHIP/COMMUNITY SERVICE Your accomplishments, leadership experiences, and community service can be a critical tool in helping you showcase your strengths, and they can separate yourself from all the other applicants with similar GPA’s, class ranks, and SAT/ACT scores.
Take the time now to identify and document all your past and current experiences. College admissions officers often talk about the importance of being highly involved in a small group of organizations over an extended period of time, ideally with leadership in at least one of the groups. And remember to document specifics about your activities and the successes of the organizations; such as if you helped raise money to assist hurricane victims, etc.
Finally, don’t forget all those hours of community service. Many colleges are placing a great emphasis on encouraging students to reach out to the local communities, and showing that commitment while in high school is important.
More than 200 private colleges and universities in the US accept the Common Application. You can actually complete the application online and then print out the number of copies you need, thus your application answers are neat and professional.
Be sure to check two things before you get too wrapped up in the Common Application. First, make sure each school you want to apply to accepts it. Second, even for those schools that do accept it, check to see if they require a supplemental application.
And even for schools that accept the common application, many experts recommend for your top two or three college choices that you use the individual school’s application because it is a subtle sign that you care enough to individualize your application to that school.
Most experts suggest printing (or photocopying) an extra copy of each application and completing a rough draft. Once you are happy with all your answers, take the time to complete the application using a black-ink pen and neat penmanship. If your handwriting is bad, consider typing all applications.
Although it may sound a little silly compared to the importance of the content, first impressions are critical, and a sloppy-looking application shouts disinterest while a clean-looking application signals interest.
PLAN, WRITE, EDIT, REWRITE, and PROOF YOUR ESSAY(S) You are probably sick of hearing about the importance of writing drafts, composing, editing, and rewriting, but the vast majority of us are not strong enough writers to whip out a top-notch essay on first write.
And your college essay is critical to your application. Besides being well-written, it should also offer insight into your personality. Your essays should be original, personal, and honest. And since you often have some choice in which question(s) you answer, be sure that your essay clearly answers the question.
The essay is another chance to distinguish yourself from all the other similar applicants. Some admissions counselors make initial judgments about an application’s strengths and standing by grading the personal statement before any other part of the application.
SEEK OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE AND CRITICISM There is no reason for ever going through the college application process alone. If you don’t have a family member to assist you, seek out a high-school teacher or counselor, neighbor or friend, any adult who has been through college and can assist you in all aspects of the process, from strategies to editorial assistance.
FINAL THOUGHTS and RESOURCES Every student deserves the opportunity to attend the college of his or her choice. To have a chance at getting accepted, you need to meet the minimum requirements for acceptance. But beyond those minimums, the most important element is the quality and professionalism of the actual application and essay.
Two pieces of advice: first, do not send supplemental materials unless the college requests them or you ask and get permission to send them. Second, it’s important to follow–up with all the colleges you apply to, not to ask if or when you will be accepted, but to make sure they have your complete application, including transcripts, test scores, and the like.
The Early Bird Gets the Scholarship Dough
How and Why to start your scholarship search early!
For many high school seniors, by the time you are finished with your college applications and turn your attention to scholarships, it’s too late for some awards. The unfortunate fact is that there are many scholarships with applications that are due in the fall. Whether you delay because of procrastination or because you are preoccupied with college applications, the basic premise is IF YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE!
- Create a master file of the awards you want to apply for along with their deadlines
- Start preparing in advance. For the scholarships that are due in the fall, make them a part of your normal homework routine. Work on them a little every day. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed and ensure that you don’t turn in a hastily completed, last-minute application.
- Re-use your college application essays for scholarships. You can save yourself some time by pulling out pieces from your college admission essays and reusing them in your scholarship essays.
- Don’t despair even if you do miss a deadline. The secret to winning scholarships is that you must apply not only when you are in high school but throughout college as well. Apply for the awards that you haven’t missed and get ready for next year when, as a college student, a whole new door of scholarship opportunities will open to you.
- When it come to winning scholarships, the early bird really does get the worm - so start early to win more money. While you have a busy life and a thousand things to do at once, if you carve out a little bit of time to work on scholarships now, you will be happily rewarded with some money to pay for school when you graduate.