Scholarship Stories


Applying for Scholarships

“Just Do It!”

Looking for scholarships is really simple. All it takes is clicking on a search engine website and typing “scholarships”. Doing so will bring a list of thousands of scholarships, but students can usually only apply for a certain number of them due to the requirements the organization is asking for, like a 2.5 GPA or higher, a specific financial status, a particular ethnicity, and participation such as being in an executive board in a club or volunteering for the community, etc.

After this comes the time consuming part, the application for the scholarship will almost always ask for a certain type of essay such as a personal or autobiographical essay describing the students’ goals in life and what the student has achieved and letters of recommendation. I’ll admit, half way into these I ask myself, “Why did I bother even writing this, I’m probably not even gonna get the scholarship.” That may be true for some of the scholarships, but the secret behind applying for scholarships is to complete as many of the smaller applications as possible. I try to find short scholarships that ask for similar things, that way I could save the information to have an idea on what to do for the next application.

I think it’s smart to apply for scholarships because it’s free money for writing a paper about my life or another topic, and asking a few professors or other associates for a letter of recommendation. Think about this, an average job for students pays like $10/hour and let’s say that student works 20 hours/week. Sweet! That’s $200 you got in a week, but how many scholarship applications do you think you can do with those 20 hours when each scholarship offers $500? I don’t know about you, but I think I’d be able to do four or five applications easily. There is a possibility that I can get $2,500 from 20 hours, however, there is also the possibility that I won’t get anything. It all depends on your status in academics, volunteerism, reputation, field of study, and your effort and MOTIVATION.

Geology and Geophysics Major