College is getting more and more expensive every year and students are always looking for ways to save on tuition or cut costs. Every fall there is a mad dash for financial aid as students look for ways to lower the high cost of classes.
But surprisingly enough, not as many students apply for scholarships as you would think. Don’t get me wrong, there are some scholarships that thousands of people apply for, but there are also some that very few people apply for. And the unfortunate story of scholarships goes, the more work that a scholarship required, the less applicants it will receive. If there is anything kind of essay required than the number of applicants will drop drastically—which is good news for students who can write.
The problem is not enough students look at scholarships as a source of income. Students should look at scholarships just like they would look at a part-time job. If it takes you 4-5 hours to write an essay for a scholarship but you end up getting $500 out of the deal, then you made out pretty well. You just got paid $100 per hour. Where else can you get paid that much while you’re still in school?
What I advise everyone who asks me about college advice is, take one day per week and apply it to nothing buy scholarships. Obviously you need to get your homework done and all of that, but instead of going out on Thursday nights with your friends, take every Thursday night to look for new scholarships that you can apply for and get all of the necessary information ready for them and fills out the forms you need to fill out. You can go out with your friends on Fridays and Saturdays. You need to spend at least a little time looking for scholarship money!
Well, hopefully more students in our local area have this mindset because a local publishing company is sponsoring an essay writing contests for high-school seniors on the topic of “Who was the best author of the 20th century and why?” The best and most compelling essay will receive $1,000 to attend college. The essay should be 4-5 pages long and the ideal candidate is someone with a deep appreciation for the literary arts and who wishes to pursue a career in that field. Applicants need not be English majors, but show a strong passion for literature.
One-thousand dollars is a lot of money just to write one essay—and I know some of you might need a little bit of help getting back into the writing mode, but there are tons of resources online that can help you with your writing and most of them are completely free. The writing community is a very helping community that is interested in spreading our knowledge far and wide. Why else would we always be writing our stories and tales down for the world to read?
So go to a library near you and bone up on your essay skills, the winner of the contest will be announced in a few months.