How to Earn Scholarships


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Show students how they can be better candidates for college scholarships by taking the tough classes, building a quality activities resume, earning good grades, and performing well on the ACT/SAT.

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  • Although you’re all freshmen in high school, it’s not too early to talk about preparing for college and ways to pay for it.
  • KnowHow2Go is a national campaign to help 8th – 10th graders learn the steps needed to make college a reality.The first step is vital – you must have an adult in your life who believes in you and will help you with the other three steps.The second step focuses on taking challenging courses in high school so you’ll be prepared for college. It also encourages you to get involved in extracurricular activities – which will help you with scholarship applications. The third step encourages you to find a career and college that matches your interests and talents.Today’s presentation focusing on Step 4 – Put your hands on some cash to help pay for college.  
  • Define college costs for students:Tuition – the amount of money a college charges for courses you will takeFees – the amount the college charges for services like computer labs, the fitness center, and career servicesBooks – the college will require you to purchase textbooks for most of your classesRoom and Board – If you live on campus, the college will charge you to live in a residence hall and for the meals you eat in the college cafeteria.
  • Briefly define the types of financial aid.Scholarships – Money for students based on talents such as academics or leadership. Tell them that the scholarships don’t go only to the best academic or athletic students. There are students available from religious organizations and community groups. There are scholarships based on your race/ethnicity, based on what you choose to study in college, and from your parents' work. There is even a scholarship for the best duct tape prom outfit!Grants – Money for college that is based on financial need that students do not need to repay.Work Study – A program that allows students to earn money at a job while attending college.Student Loans – Money students borrow for college that must be repaid with interest.Share what types of aid you are receiving to help pay for college.
  • Many scholarships are based on your extracurricular activities. We’ll help you start an Activities Resume at now so you can add to it throughout high school. You have to start looking early. Scholarship deadlines may be as early as a full year before you need the cash to pay for collegeSome scholarships come in the form of contests in which you may win money, and those deadlines start as early as grade school.  
  • Scholarship searching can be worth your time!Be realistic: you most likely won’t receive everything you apply for. 
  • We’ll talk about each of these points throughout the rest of the presentation.
  • Your academic record is the most important part of your college application – and is often a vital part of scholarship applications. Colleges want to see good grades – and that you pushed yourself, so take the most challenging courses you can.  Take college prep classes so you can take full advantage of honors and AP courses your school may offer. The advanced coursework will also better prepare you for the rigorous collegiate environment.  Some high schools offer “dual credit” courses, which allow you to fulfill your high school requirement while earning college credits. Ask your guidance counselor if your school offers this opportunity.
  • Grades really matter beginning your freshman year of high school. No part of your college/scholarship application carries more weight than the courses you take and the grades you earn during high school. Good study habits, organization, goals and persistence all lead to good grades throughout your high school years.
  • The GPA is the average of all your grades and indicates how successful you are in school. Honors classes are typically weighed more heavily, so high grades in those classes will increasing your GPA.  To determine your class rank, the school compares GPAs and lists students in order from highest to lowest.  For college and scholarship applications, your GPA is an “indicator of potential.” Merit scholarships are determined based on a student’s GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT scores. Colleges are interested in your class rank and GPA, however making the honor roll or being at the top of your class by not taking the more challenging courses, will be noticed by the college!  
  • Find a quiet place to study and stock it with tools you need to complete your work. Turn off the TV, computer and cell phone so you can focus on your work and have time to relax later.  Use a planner or assignment notebook and carry it to all your classes and use it at home as you complete your homework and prepare for quizzes and exams.  Do your most difficult homework first, while you’re fresh and alert.  Take notes while you read to stay focused on the material and help you retain it better.  
  • Take the ACT or SAT in the spring of your junior year, and then retake it to try and increase your score. Your top score will be used for scholarship and college applications.  Prepare for the exam by taking practice tests or a class. It helps to understand the instructions before you take the exam, and learn some tips for performing your best.  
  • The personal essay is critical to winning a college scholarship, because it allows the selection committee to get to know you beyond your grades, test scores and activities listed on the application. It is also your best opportunity to make a strong and lasting impression. Scholarship applications may ask about your future goals/dreams. This is an important question to ask yourself periodically and to actively seek an answer. This will help you respond to that question, and may help you find the career and college that’s a good fit for you.   
  • Myth - Scholarships are based on all kinds of criteria. Myth - If you meet the eligibility criteria, you are on the same playing field as every other applicant.Myth - Few students get a free ride, you need to apply, apply, apply.Reality – Some scholarships will pay for ‘other’ educational expenses, more than just tuition – such as books, dorms, and supplies like computers.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be very cautious if a program asks for a handling fee. Talk to your guidance counselor before you commit to anything.NEVER give out your bank account or a credit card number.There is no guarantee on Scholarships. If someone guarantees you something, it most likely is a loan you will have to repay.
  • These are great, reliable and FREE resources for you to use when searching for scholarships. As you find information, keep it all in one place such as a binder. 
  • Explain that another great way to pay for college is to start saving money.Click through the numbers of how much students would spend if buying snacks everyday. You can save $5000 over four years in high school! If students dispute “I don’t buy snacks,” give more relevant examples of ways they spend money: video games, shopping, going out, etc.
  • Create a ScholarshipQuest Profile (from the KH2G Playbook)
  • Create a ScholarshipQuest Profile (from the KH2G Playbook)
  • Create a ScholarshipQuest Profile (from the KH2G Playbook)
  • Create an Activities Resume (from the KH2G Playbook)
  • Create an Activities Resume (from the KH2G Playbook)
  • How to Earn Scholarships

    1. 1. How to earn SCHOLARSHIPS for college There are things you can do NOW that will help you get scholarships later!
    2. 2. KnowHow2GO to college follow the four steps! Find an adult to help you plan for college. Take courses in high school that will prepare you for college – and get involved! Explore your career interests and research colleges that fit those interests. Money is available to help you pay for college, but you have to apply!
    3. 3. KnowHow2GO
    4. 4. What will college cost? What will college cost? Books & Supplies Range of costs to attend college in Nebraska 2-year community college 4-year public college 4-year private college $10,200 - 13,600 $13,100 - 19,000 $28,400 - 45,200
    5. 5. Save for college! Do the math on this example to see how it adds up: Candy bar $1.25 Chips $1.00 2 sodas $3.00 Daily Total 7 days 4 weeks 12 months 4 yrs of high school $5.25 $36.75 $147 $1,764 $7,056
    6. 6. Ways to pay Financial Aid Money to help pay for college Grants Loans Work-study Money Work-you Study earn from a job provided through the college Scholarships Grants Money you don’t repay – based on financial need Loans Money you borrow to help pay for college Scholarships Money you don’t repay – based mostly on talents
    7. 7. Why talk about scholarships now?  Some are available before your senior year  Need time to build your resume  Some scholarship competitions require planning and/or practice –Writing – Art – Band
    8. 8. Why bother applying?  Time is money – just like a job  If you… – spend 10 hours applying for scholarships – and earn $1,000 in scholarships – you just made $100 an hour!
    9. 9. How to earn scholarships  Take challenging courses  Earn good grades  Get involved  Prepare for the ACT/SAT  Write an excellent essay
    10. 10. Take challenging classes • Same curriculum as regular classes • More in-depth and faster-paced • Can boost your GPA Honors Classes • Same information as a college course • Earn college credit if you take the AP test and score well Advanced Placement • Experience college coursework • Earn college credit through a participating college Dual Credit
    11. 11. Earn good grades  Start now – grades 9-12 count! – establish good habits now  Strive for the honor roll  Make school your top priority
    12. 12. Earn good grades: Importance of your GPA  GPA = Grade Point Average  Determines your class rank  “Indicator of potential”  Used for merit-based scholarships
    13. 13. Earn good grades: Study tips  Study at the same time and place daily  Use a planner or app to record homework assignments and test dates  Break large assignments into smaller tasks  Complete difficult homework first  Take notes while you’re reading
    14. 14. Get involved  School activities – Clubs and organizations – Fine arts – Sports  Community activities and service  Part-time job
    15. 15. Get involved: Why? Explore careers Make new friends Increase scholarship chances Have fun Work with caring adults
    16. 16. Prepare for the ACT/SAT  Take the ASPIRE (pre-ACT) and the PSAT (pre-SAT) exams during your sophomore or junior years, if offered  Find ACT and SAT practice tests at and  Take the exams your junior year and again when you’re a senior  Scores often used to award scholarships
    17. 17. Write an excellent scholarship essay  Answer the essay question directly  Be honest and original while telling a compelling story  Clearly state why you deserve the scholarship  Be organized and concise  Check grammar and spelling
    18. 18. Myth or reality?  Only the best students get scholarships  There’s too much competition for scholarships to bother applying  Top students get “full-ride” scholarships  Scholarships can pay for my college books
    19. 19. Scholarship Warning
    20. 20. Reliable places to look for scholarships  – ScholarshipQuest – over 2,000 local and state awards • You’ll also find links to national scholarships  School counselor  The college(s) you’re interested in attending  Clubs, groups and organizations  Library
    21. 21. EducationQuest Resources: MyEducationQuest
    22. 22. ScholarshipQuest Jane Student
    23. 23. ScholarshipQuest Results Jane Student
    24. 24. Activities Resume
    25. 25. Activities Resume
    26. 26. Kearney Lincoln Omaha Kearney – 308.234.6310 or 800.666.3721 Lincoln – 402.475.5552 or 800.303.3745 Omaha – 402-391-4033 or 888.357.6300