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How to Position Yourself for Scholarship Success . . . Free Scholarship Search Engine on SchoolQuest

10/19/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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The folks at Method Test Prep (MTP) are all about preparing for a successful college experience . . . whether through their test preparation programs which assist you in earning the scores you need to get there, or by sharing lessons-learned about organization and time management skills which help you in all of areas of your life.  Here is a guest entry from Frank McWilliams of MTP with some strategies for maximizing your scholarship potential . . .

“How to Position Yourself for Scholarship Success” by Frank McWilliams of Method Test Prep

“If you’re planning on going to college, you’ve probably already looked at the cost of some of your top selections and thought, “How in the world will I be able to afford that?”

But don’t worry! You’ve actually got a ton of scholarship options you can apply to – you just need a little know-how. To make sure you’re positioned for winning as many as possible, learn and apply these best practices for scholarship research and preparation.

Time Management

Though most students wait until their senior years to look and apply for scholarships, the trick is to start looking into your options sooner than that so you don’t risk losing thousands of dollars of free funding.

It’s also important to learn how to manage your time wisely as a high school student, because this will help you stay disciplined and organized as you start your scholarship search.

Specific Selections

There are literally millions of scholarships available online for high school students. The trick is finding which ones you qualify for and think are worth your time to apply for (because you can spend HOURS each week doing this!).

Start by creating lists of anything you might use to qualify for scholarships: achievements, interests, intended field(s) of study, past jobs, hobbies/interests, volunteer work, etc. These are the types of scholarships you want to look for first and foremost; ignore all the other ones you come across.

Also, you might want to consider applying to scholarships that weren’t so easy to find as others, like local scholarships as opposed to national ones. The ones that are easier to find means thousands of other students will be applying for those, but the harder-to-find scholarships means you’ll be competing against fewer students and will have a better chance to be awarded.

Test Preparation

Some scholarships might require you to take the PSAT, SAT, or ACT to apply, and many scholarships given by colleges will be based on these test score(s). Because of this, it’s vital you learn how to properly prepare for, study, and take the PSAT (and the other tests, too).

Taking some online classes like the ones Method Test Prep is offering will help you do great on the PSAT. The better you do on the PSAT, the more likely you are to succeed on the SAT or ACT! Then you can start studying for those using things like more classes, sample tests, SAT prep packets, etc.

You may not win all the scholarships you apply to, but that’s okay. Winning even a few means you’ve reduced your college costs and that you’re more likely to have a fantastic (and less stressful!) college career.”

When you’re ready to start looking for scholarships, don’t forget to use the FREE Scholarship Finder service available to all military-connected students on the home page in the “SchoolQuest College Planners” section.

Military-connected high school students are also able to set up a FREE Method Test Prep account (where students log-in and work through sample questions, quizzes and tests on their own) by using the “Method Test Prep” link in the SchoolQuest College Planners section of our home page. NOTE:  Families that sign up for one of Method Test Prep’s online classes (which have a fee) can receive a 15% discount by using the promotional code:  METHOD.

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