Put your mind at ease by organizing your scholarships.
The scholarship process can be complex and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. You can make smart decisions on a daily basis to reduce your stress and increase your success.
This blog post addresses the “Organize” portion of our weekly scholarship schedule. You can download a copy at http://tinyurl.com/zo92se8.
So, how do you organize your scholarships? It’s simple. Use the tools around you. Read the bullets below for more information:
Use your phone: Add all upcoming scholarship deadlines to your calendar with reminders. You usually have your phone with you at all times anyway. This will help you complete all supplemental materials before the deadline.
Create a spreadsheet: Use Google Sheets or Excel to see all of your scholarships. Make sure you include pertinent information such as, deadlines and links to the application.
We hope this week’s post helps you in your scholarship journey. Return next week for details about the “Research” phase.
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Last week we shared our weekly scholarship schedule with you to help you structure the time you devote to scholarships. View a downloadable copy of our weekly scholarship schedule at: http://tinyurl.com/zo92se8.
For the next six weeks we will teach you how to use each “Task” to your advantage. The focus of this week’s blog is “Plan.”
The plan stage is all about selecting the resources that will help you earn the funds you need.
Resources are everywhere. Your local guidance counselor is a resource. Your parents/guardians are a resource. Your network is a resource. And of course, the internet is a resource.
Click the links below for a few national resources:
Our last blog post should have inspired you to prepare for the success you will have in 2017! This post includes one of the many tools we will give you to succeed in your scholarship journey.
We created a weekly scholarship schedule to help you plan and monitor the time you devote to scholarships. Incorporating scholarships into your busy schedule will bring you one step closer to achieving your goal of graduating debt-free.
Welcome to your year of excellence! 2017 will be the year you build another ladder to success.
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Our goal at Dough 4 Degrees has always been to teach students how to earn scholarships to enable them to graduate debt-free; which is why we have developed #DebtFree2017. The content we share using this hashtag throughout the year will advance you to a new level, making the process easier and more enjoyable for everyone!
Our founder, Danielle Jeffers, will be sharing tips on how to “Own the Scholarship Application Process.” You can join the conversation hosted by Smart College Visit by using #CampusChat.
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Self-reflect on your current habits. Are they excellent or can they be improved?
As students, sometimes we get complacent and strive on autopilot. For instance, you may say to yourself, “I’ve received A’s in English for seven years straight. I study by skimming the chapters and memorizing summaries on SparkNotes. I do what works for me.” That may have worked in the past, but it is not guaranteed to work forever.
The same thing goes for the scholarship process. Always look for new ways to improve.
Scholarship applicants who slap their application together the day before it’s due, rush to check their materials against the requirements. They usually miss a crucial aspects of the application – the details.
Apply the tips below to make sure you cover the details in your next application:
Tip #1: Complete the Bio: Most scholarships require your personal information (e.g., name, address).
Fill in the blanks for that part as soon as you get the application. It will save you time in the long run.
Tip #2: Brainstorm Before You Write: Most scholarships require an application, essay, or creative work to supplement the application.
Use a whiteboard or record yourself elaborating on the topic. It will help you plan your ideas before you begin the rough draft.
Tip #3: More Eyes, More Advice: We all make mistakes, but we have resources to help catch them.
Ask great editors in your circle to evaluate your creative component to make sure it answers the prompt, is clear, and free of grammatical errors.
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