When it comes to scholarships there are certain myths involved with them, for instance requirements to win one. For instance; people usually think that only students that pass with an A can apply for one. That is however not true!
If you are an “A” student alone, it does not guarantee you that you will get a scholarship. One of the great examples is the famous Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. It is one of the largest corporate-sponsored scholarship programs in the United States. And although a good academic record can really contribute to winning such scholarship, just passing with an “A” will not make you a Coca-Cola Scholar. Those individuals who have the opportunity to get such scholarship are well-rounded, independent and unique people which such company can greatly take use of.
There is also a myth that there is a large amount of money that is intended for scholarships, but it goes unused. True, some amount is unclaimed, and it happens each year. Still, those are the scholarships with very specific qualifications such as: only individuals with a particular last name can claim them, for instance. You can see how that is really far away from the public opinion that in a way says that there is a large amount of money that could be claimed even by people who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for a scholarship, but since the money would go to waste they would get it simply by just applying. That is not how this works. People who get the opportunity to be sponsored have to give something in return to the person, firm, or the organisation that will be sponsoring their education. This is why the scholarships were invented in a first place. To give an opportunity, and to give a nudge to individuals that have potential. Scholarships work as a financial safety, but also as a motivation.
As an example, there are scholarships that are earmarked only for students who are Catholic and their last name is Zolp. This is a case for a full-tuition four-year scholarship at Loyola University.
People commonly believe that B or C students have little opportunity to win a scholarship.
This is again not completely unreasonable opinion, however those students do have an opportunity, but for particular scholarships their chance of winning a scholarship might be smaller, and A students will probably come first when the commission takes all of the applications into consideration. B and C students that have a history of participation and are active within the field of extracurricular activities as well as involvement in their community, have great chance to be the ones given the opportunity. If you are a B or C student we advise you that you highlight your participation and your in exvolvement in extracurricular activities in your résumé. Also, you should put it in your essay and it will help you a lot on your way, and up your chances.
Only those with a financial need are entitled to a scholarship? There are no scholarships for middle class students available?
Of course there are! Middle class students can get a scholarship too. They certainly are not eligible for some need-based scholarship programs, they still can enter other scholarship programs just like everyone else.
Myth: When applying for a scholarship the only thing that matters are grades and SAT scores.
Truth: When you have high grades, and SAT scores, you are surely in one type of an advantage. Still, the things that matter very much are also your history of participation, and growth in extracurricular activities as well as community involvement. You should, again, show, and highlight both in your résumé, and in your essay. We wish you a prosperous pursuit of your educational and further-life dream.