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3 Questions To Ask Before Applying For Scholarships

Education has become one of the most important and costly assets in today's world. The costs associated with obtaining educational preparation for workforce development and college has risen in the last decade, therefore students are often tasked with searching for financial support to cover continuing education preparation so they can follow their career dreams [1].

In most scenarios, scholarships are the most desired form of financial assistance. Unlike grants or student loans, there is no repayment of this scholarly gift. It is an investment in the student and often comes with a network of support.

Are you thinking about applying for scholarships to assist in your studies? Asking yourself these 3 questions before, and during the application process. It will give you clarity and point you in the right direction.

When do I apply?

Knowing when to apply for a scholarship depends on the deadline and the time limit for each award. Begin by planning ahead. Use free scholarship databases as a starting point to identify scholarships and deadlines. Don’t forget to look for programs in niches that apply to you i.e pitches, poems, paintings, etc. Make a list that you can update and keep up with for references.

If it's a collegiate scholarship, deadlines are as early as a year before college begins. Students should be looking for and applying for scholarships during the summer before their junior and senior years of high school [2].

How do I Increase My Chances Of Earning a Scholarship?

There are several things that you can do to increase the chances of earning a scholarship. The number one factor is, Be You! Find out what are some of your passions by trying new things in various fields even if they don't seem to relate. Explore and learn for your experiences this will build your leadership skills.

It's important to provide all of the requested documents when applying and to spend plenty of time writing and proofreading the application. This displays your ability to follow directions and adhere to deadlines.

What Should I Include In My Scholarship Essay?

High school students should mention anything that makes you stand out. If it's important to your studies, share it! Scholarship grantors want to know why they should invest in you, instead of another applicant. Use your essay as an opportunity to show your strengths and express how much of an asset you will be to their school or program. Go into detail about your academic accomplishments, goals, interests, extracurricular and how the scholarship can contribute to your success [3].

Since scholarships have become such an essential part of educational preparation for most students, the benefits of applying for assistance are endless. When applying for scholarships, the keys to success are applying early, having a plan, following directions and asking yourself important questions that will set you apart to stand out. Lastly, believe in your ability to thrive and learn at any level.

KidAlytics offers scholarships through the Social Impact Initiative to help qualifying students gain analytics education in preparation for the future of work with data. Honing inclusive encounters across borders and social economic status's. Forming leaders capable of solving and innovating for the problems and solutions needed now and in the future.


[1]Scholarships for High School Seniors & Juniors

[2]Finding and Applying for Scholarships

[3]Scholarship Essay Tips to Make Your Application Stand Out


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