This myth causes many students to wait until the last minute to look and apply for scholarships. The easy part is applying. The hard part is being competitive. The competition starts as early as elementary school when you place your child in extracurricular activities and they start to explore interest, talents and strengths. It also begins in the 9th grade when your student begins to lay the foundation for a high GPA, high ACT score and high engagement in co-curricular organizations. Searching for scholarships is also a difficult process. Although there are many websites that gather scholarship information, wading through the massive amount of applications and determining qualifications is time consuming and should begin as early as the freshman year. The stories of students getting thousands (or millions of dollars) is not fake news but the work it takes to make these headlines is underestimated. Students who do earn earn big scholarships used their middle and high school years to make themselves competitive and several years to research and apply for scholarships.
Preppy Truth: It’s possible, it’s worth it, but it is hard work to find scholarships.