The key to making the most of your time on campus? Preparation. Yes, school supply shopping is as essential as finding the perfect accessories for your dorm room, but securing financial scholarships takes precedence over all. After graduation, your bank account will thank you. Here’s what you need to know before you start applying.
You’d be surprised how many scholarships are given out year after year by local organizations and nonprofits in your own community. Check with your school guidance counselor and teachers for recommendations – they’ll be able to steer you in the right direction, and they may even write you a letter of recommendation. Also, check with friends and family members currently attending college. Ask them where they applied for their own scholarships and how they found out about them. Pay close attention to scholarships being offered through your high school or community school district – you may be the perfect candidate and walk away with the prize money.
Make A List And Check It Twice
Instead of applying for any and all scholarships that come across your desk, take a step back. Start creating a list of all scholarships, requirements, submission dates, etc. From there, start narrowing down your options. Focus your efforts on the 10-15 scholarships you truly believe you could win and leave the rest. The more time and attention to detail you put into a single scholarship, the better chance you have to win it.
Let Your Personality Shine
Applying for scholarships is no time to disregard creativity – let your personality shine! Whether it’s a short answer or essay question, the energy you invest in your application matters. It matters so much that the person awarding the scholarship should be able to feel your energy and passion coming off the paper as they read through your entire application.
Two Rivers Bank & Trust wishes you luck as you begin your college and scholarship application process. Whether you’re planning to stay local, or attend college out of the area, at Two Rivers Bank & Trust our Free Checking account is always free. And if there isn’t a branch in your new neighborhood, you can take advantage of our convenience services like online banking, online bill pay, mobile banking, mobile deposit, and more! Talk to one of our team members to learn how you can keep more of your hard-earned money with Two Rivers!