Scholarships – Are They Really Worth My Time? YES!

May 17, 2011
by Jessica Seals
Scholarships – Are They Really Worth My Time? YES!

A typical soon-to-be college student’s priority list probably looks a little something like this:

  • Step 1: Stay focused in high school by keeping a high GPA and doing as many extracurricular activities as possible.
  • Step 2: Make a list of possible college choices and start on applications early.
  • Step 3: Make a final decision on where to attend college.
  • Step 4: Move into the dorms and get ready for four incredible years!

But wait!!! With all of the excitement of starting college, students can forget to get their finances together to pay for it all! Many students don’t realize that they can eliminate student loan headaches simply by starting the scholarship application process early. By doing so, students have more time to get their application materials together and apply for more scholarships because they are not rushing to submit everything on deadline day.


From my own personal experience, I found it advantageous to apply for scholarships early. I joined websites like Scholarships.com so that I could keep track of deadlines and scholarships that I qualified for. I sent it all of my materials early and when I started receiving letters that began with “Congratulations!” it made the time that I spent applying for scholarships worthwhile.

Another bit of advice that I found helpful was applying for scholarships even if the amount seems small. During my freshman year of college, I applied for the new member scholarship for the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society despite the fact that the award amount was $300. Nothing could make my smile turn into a frown that day because winning the scholarship meant that I wouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for books in the upcoming semester.

My final advice: Apply for as many scholarships as possible because you might just be what the scholarship committee is looking for. Even the smallest award can help pay for something!

Jessica Seals is currently a senior at the University of Memphis majoring in political science and minoring in English. At the University of Memphis, she is the secretary of the Pre-Law Society, the philanthropy chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Student Council and a member of Professional Assertive United Sisters of Excellence (PAUSE), Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, and Black Scholars Unlimited. She also volunteers to tutor her fellow classmates and hopes to attend law school in the near future.

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3 Comment(s)

Tekuh carlson  on  2/19/2020 10:27:58 AM

Hello friends my name is Carlson and am from Cameroon and I wish to continue with studies and be among the greatest but my family is not that rich to afford that. So please I'm counting on your help.. Thanks

Kaddy bah  on  10/11/2019 3:02:19 PM

Hello good people my name is kaddy i'm from gambia i'm 17 years old am educating but my education is not far because we are poor and i 'm looking for help if you can please help i want good education please may god bless you

Chasi Virginia Anoh  on  12/8/2016 7:30:50 AM

I wish to be among the succesful people who will be shoosen for this scholarship.please I really wish to be a student in this university

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