I wish I would have…

I wish I would have…

Have you ever looked back and wished you would have done something differently?

I don’t like the live with many regrets, but I wish I would have started looking for scholarships earlier. davis-evans.com photo cred

What I learned is that it is never too early to start looking for scholarships.

Did you know that there are scholarships for elementary students and middle school students?

The scholarships are awarded to these younger students through the form of a savings bond. Since most people aren’t thinking about
scholarships until high school, there will be a lot less competition for these scholarships as well. Less competition = it’s easier for you to win the scholarship.

That just goes to show that it’s never too early to start looking.

Seniors, did you know that you don’t have to wait until after submitting your college applications to apply for scholarships. You actually miss a lot of deadlines by doing that.

If you’re a Freshman, Sophomore or Junior you don’t have to wait until senior year. There are scholarships for Juniors, Freshmen, and Sophomores. You can start now.

The best thing about starting now is you have time to make your application better. Better in a sense of you can make your application stronger by having time to increase your grades or pick up an extracurricular activity that may be a requirement of a scholarship application. Or you be able to apply for a scholarship next year that you missed the deadline on this year.

I know one of my friends had a 2.9 GPA but needed a 3.0 as a minimum requirement for the scholarship. She kept that scholarship in a folder so she could apply her next year, meanwhile, had the whole year to just do her homework assignments more consistently and she was able to get over a 3.0 the next 2 semesters which allowed her to qualify for that scholarship.

Another person I know took up golf the year before she started applying to colleges and was able to receive a golf scholarship to the colleges she applied to.

And I missed out on a deadline by 1 month for a scholarship that I knew I was perfect for. I held onto that scholarship for the next time it was open, applied early, and ended up being awarded that scholarship for my last 2 years of college.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in your first year of high school or last year. Just get started searching for scholarships— but the earlier you do it the better.

Do you need help getting started with the scholarship process? If so, comment below on what you need help with.

Best wishes on your scholarship search,

shanice miller scholarship specialist
shanice miller scholarship specialist

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