About a month ago I filled a room to overflowing with teens and parents eager to learn how to write a scholarship application essay that would “Make Them Say WOW.”
17-year-old boys ran around setting up more tables for me, even though it meant that their long legs had less space to stretch out. Teens who reportedly “never” take notes in classes bent over tables, writing as fast as they could and shooting hands up to ask some of the best questions ever.
I love these kids.
We told stories, we laughed, and we gasped—and we covered:
- How to use the three principles of argument that lawyers use when arguing a case in court to write one powerfully convincing scholarship application essay that can be used over and over again
- How to set the reader’s emotions on fire by using strong visual sensory imagery
- How to use a clever, multi-layered essay structure that beats the boring old “introduction–body–conclusion” essay structure hands down every time.
(If you missed this class this time around, be sure you’re reading my free weekly email newsletter every single week so you’ll be among the first to know when my next class on applying for scholarships is scheduled.)
As a result of this class we’ve now got a small army of teens who are on fire about applying for scholarships. To help these kids out, today I’m posting an excellent list of different scholarships any student can apply for. This particular list comes to us courtesy of Scholarship America, a Minnesota-based philanthropic organization that has distributed billions of dollars to students since its inception in 1957. In 2012 Forbes ranked Scholarship America as the 83rd largest charity in the United States. In 2013 alone Scholarship America distributed more than $200 million to 100,000 American and international students!
(Wow; do you think they might have some scholarship money for you?)
Students, to get yourself jazzed and ready to apply for these scholarships, do just two things. First, get inspired by reading the accurate information I provide in my post 12 Ways to Help Kids Rake In More College Scholarships (Starting in 8th Grade). Then take a look at Scholarship America’s list of open scholarships and choose five to apply to.
And parents? If you’ve got kids who weren’t at my scholarship essay writing class and they aren’t feeling excited and motivated to do this, you might offer to pay them $50 for every scholarship application they fill out in a quality manner.
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Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1—3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.
And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, author, speaker, and podcast host. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.