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Scholarship Tips for Seniors

Posted on: November 14, 2016

By Alli Auel

Everyone knows that the college application process can be a struggle, but figuring out how to tackle paying for college can be a lot worse. For most, scholarships are extremely helpful in making a dent in the hefty college tuition bill. Here are a few tips to get you well on your way to a cheaper and brighter future!

Tip #1: Don’t wait until the last minute to start searching for Scholarships. If you decide mid April that you’re going to put some effort into scholarship hunting, you will already have missed half the deadliness. Also, don’t stop searching for scholarships even after you have enrolled in college because there are always some out there.

Tip #2: Apply to every scholarship that you are eligible for. Pursue less competitive scholarships, such as small awards and essay contests, since they are easier to win. Every little bit counts.

Tip #3: Scholarship websites such as,,,, and are great resources to help find scholarships perfect for you.

Tip #4: Proofread, proofread, and proofread. There is nothing more embarrassing than having mistakes in your scholarship application essay, so make sure you read and reread your material to make sure it is the best it can be.

Tip #5: The student section can offer help with scholarships too. If you go to and click on “students,” the second column, fourth down, has a dollar bill symbol that says “Big Future” next to it. If you click on that, it will take you to a website called “Big Future,” which is powered by College Board. Once you have reached this website, move your cursor across the top and click on the “pay for college” tab. This will take you to a section that has insight on scholarships, financial aid, and college costs.

Tip #6: Always include a letter of recommendation. A fabulous letter of recommendation, from a teacher, coach, etc., could be that final “umph” that gets you the scholarship you’re applying for.

Tip #7: Beware of scholarship scams. Never pay a fee to apply for a scholarship because it is most likely someone just looking for your money. Scholarships are there to help you, not the other way around.

Tip #8: Counselors are always a great help too. The counselors at Oak Hills, especially our college and career counselor Mrs. Fran Gilreath, can help you out with your scholarship search and clarify any misleading information.