If your child is vying for a scholarship, it’s important that they understand the rigorous competition and dedication required to achieve this goal. While it might seem daunting, there are so many universities who have scholarship funds set aside to help this next generation. As you and your child navigate the scholarship application process, remember these next few tips!
Performance and Attitude Go Hand in Hand
Whether you are applying for academic scholarships or looking to earn a full ride through sports or performing arts, it’s crucial to have good character. Recruiters, interviewers, and other leaders responsible for awarding scholarships are not merely looking at abilities and talent. They’re looking to see if you will be a good reflection of their university. No college wants their name dragged through the mud.
Talk with your child about how they respond in difficult situations, how they react when things don’t go their way, etc. People are always watching. In the heat of the moment, it’s easy to lose your cool, but learning how to have self-control in the most difficult situations is crucial.
Applications, Essays, & All Written Submissions Should be Neat & Clean
I’ve learned from first-hand experience that scratches, white out marks, and illegible handwriting can be the determining factor between you and another candidate. When you are asking for scholarship money, schools want to see that you are dedicated and serious. Make sure that your application is submitted in pristine condition—no torn pages, no “chicken scratches,” no misspellings, no flaws.
To ensure that your applications is crisp and clean, have a teacher, parent, and/or mentor edit. This seems so drastic and overkill, but it can make or break your chances.
Your Speech Should be Eloquent & Confident
Whether you’re talking to a recruiter after a game or going in for an interview, don’t wing it. Little things, like using “like” or “literally” or other filler words can be detrimental. Stop and think about how you want to answer a question instead of rambling until you formulate a thought.
Let your personality shine in the conversation. Schools want to see you be yourself. This translates into confidence.