Scholarships are often intimidating at times. It can be competitive, but even so, most students are unaware they qualify for all types of scholarships. Here are some of the more common myths:
The scholarship application process is a one-time thing.
Most scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Even after receiving an award, to retain a scholarship, you will more than likely be required to re-apply each year. Begin looking for scholarships during the summer and fall months.
Scholarships are only for top scholars and athletes.
This is not true. Numerous scholarships are available for students excelling in art, music, theater, and other extracurricular activities. Likewise, many private organizations sponsor scholarships for people from specific ethnic, cultural, or religious backgrounds. Students who opt to apply for non-academic scholarships must still meet minimum GPA requirements.
You have to be a great essay writer to get one.
This is not always true. It’s more important to be able to clearly express your abilities, qualifications, and goals, than be a great writer. Closely follow the instructions and answer the questions in simple and clear sentences.
You must be a high school student to qualify for a scholarship.
There are all types of scholarships available to college students. Likewise, many schools and organizations sponsor scholarships for students enrolled in graduate programs.
Most scholarship awards are small and not worth the effort of applying.
College is very expensive. There are all kinds of scholarships that fall between $1,000 and $5,000. In addition to tuition fees, students must buy books and pay room and board expenses. Students who receive scholarships often do not need student loans to pay their schooling expenses. Since every dollar helps, apply for multiple scholarships.
Scholarships are all heavily weighted towards minorities and those with documented financial need.
All types of scholarships are available to minorities and students who cannot afford college, but there are also numerous academic, extra-curricular activity, athletic, and other types of scholarships.
Scholarship competition is too intense. It’s not worth bothering.
In many cases, small percentages of applicants properly follow application instructions. It’s competitive, but many students do not properly fill out application forms and neglect key application requirements. Students not following instructions or submitting incomplete applications are often not considered. Conducting research and applying for scholarships is time consuming. However, you’d be surprised about how many scholarships you qualify for. Often, students who apply for multiple scholarships receive some awards.