March 25, 2015 - Scholarship Workshop Event
by Kevin Magana, LaGuardia (Honors/HSAC); Georgetown; Teach for America.
Are you hungry for scholarships? Then, you’ve come to the right place!
To start out: Scholarships require a time commitment! You might start working on a scholarship here, and a scholarship there. Perhaps you've applied to scholarships for years with no luck. Have you ever heard this: “it’s not about how you win, but more so, how you get up after failing”? Or some version of this saying? Good! You must learn from your mistakes. That is the most valuable quality because you'’re now focused on the process, not the outcome.
So, you also have to keep in mind that winning scholarships is a three-part process: 1.) Organize, 2.) Search, & 3.) Apply (scholarship essays!).
I am aim to take you through this process with: advice on organizing your scholarships, a set of search strategies, and a "Do’s and Don'ts" list for scholarship writing.
A note about scholarship writing: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reduce excess wording (after you’ve “vomited” out all essay material). After you’'ve written several essays, Reuse and Recycle your essays, tailoring them for specific scholarships (many have similar themes). Also remember to send your essays to your professors, advisors, student peers, friends and family for their valuable feedback! Finally, always give your application a “once-over” and review your essay carefully for grammatical and sentence structure errors!