Here’s a hot tip for all you high schoolers out there (and college students, too):
If there’s a scholarship you think you could maybe qualify for but think you shouldn’t apply, for any reason: apply.
I work for a marketing company. We just ran a scholarship for three different cash awards, totaling a few thousand dollars. You know how many people applied to get thousands of dollars?
Five. Just five people applied for our scholarship.
One of my coworkers working on the project with me used to work for a scholarship that was awarding $28,000. Read that again. $28,000. You know how many people applied for his scholarship?
What I’m trying to say is that there is tens of thousands of dollars out there pretty much for the taking. However fierce you think competition is, I can guarantee it actually isn’t. Find scholarship directories, go on your university/college of choice’s financial aid page and find their scholarship directory, hell, just google. Most times you’ll have to write an essay and be required to submit your transcript, but that’s it. That’s generally all that’s standing between you and tens of thousand of dollars in catch-free financial aid that you won’t have to pay back.
Don’t worry about your GPA. Don’t worry about your clubs and extracurriculars. Just submit whatever they ask you to submit at the highest quality you possibly can.
I know how overworked high school and college students already are. Especially high schoolers in the run-up to applying to college. It’s intense. I remember. But if you’re hard up for the cash to afford your school, please consider tracking down and applying for as many scholarships as you can. You might just be one of five people that applies.
(As a final note, please, please, please don’t tell us about your fandom blogs and pinterest accounts and so on. It’s cute to someone like me, but I’ve been in fandom all my life. It’s probably not going to help you with most scholarship judges or admissions officers.)