Juniors and Seniors:
Start looking for scholarships in your junior year and check with your counselor weekly during your senior year.
Get involved in extracurricular activities. Many scholarships are based on leadership and community involvement.
Work hard in school. Grades are an important factor in earning scholarships.
Take the ACT/SAT as a junior and again your senior year to get the best possible score. Many awards have a minimum ACT/SAT score requirement.
Apply for as many scholarships that you qualify for.
Organize scholarship applications in deadline order. Even the best-qualified applicants will be disqualified because of missed deadlines.
Set time aside on weekends to work on applications. It takes a lot of time to apply, but the payoff could be big!
Talk to your college about school-specific and major-specific awards. Many of the biggest scholarships come directly from the college.
Scholarships must be word processed or typed. The neatness and how you organize your scholarship application is important.
Complete a resume early in your senior year. A resume is a one-page document that explains your strengths and all the activities you have participated in. Come to the counselor’s office to get examples of a sample resume. You can also create your own resume by going to the Education Quest website.
Get at least 3 or 4 letters of reference or recommendation early in your senior year. Give your teachers a resume when you ask for a letter of recommendation. People to consider for letters of recommendations include: teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators, church leaders, community people, or your boss at work.