Thursday, April 17, 2014

Scholarship Opportunities



by Student Blogger Stephanie Kirkland... 
Scholarship opportunities are rampant. I know this. I know there are scholarship and grant dollars to be had, ready for the taking. And it’s not like I’m not doing anything about it, believe me I’ve applied myself.
So many people I know are either putting themselves through school, have tons of loans already taken out, or really desperate for some stress relief when it comes to anything financial aid.
Recently, I turned in a scholarship application in hopes of taking some of that stress off of myself. Long story short, I didn’t get it. Whether it had to do with any grievance with my GPA, or essay attached with the application I don’t know. Even though I’m trying to get my foot in the door, I just haven’t had the best luck. However, with the new Financial Aid Times updated for the next few months’ worth of scholarships, I am driven to apply myself even more.
I am taking all precautions this time. In all three I intend on applying, they ask for a summary of my short term (1-5 years) and long term (5-10 years) goals. That’s a loaded question, and one that perhaps I haven’t addressed fully in the past. In addition, a resume is to be attached, with another essay varying from a critique of the last restaurant I have been to, to which class during my whole program has been the most beneficial. 
I am prepared to be peer reviewed, ask for advice in getting my truest point across, and anything else that may help in the process. Keep your fingers crossed for me; I could be getting a mere $16,000 cut off the chopping block for my last semester. I have always thought, and certainly have worked hard on insuring that my writing skills are solid. The way I write I have believed has been able to express the essence of who I am, and what I try to say. But, never have I been in a position where this writing has been regarded with such a high price tag. Those few pieces of paper that I intend on turning in, in near perfect condition, are the only things a scholarship reviewer clearly knows about me. There are only so many things a computer screen can say about grades, or attendance – surely not the only things that matter! In any case, my determination this time around is as strong as ever, considering the cost.