April 9, 2017 naturallyfrugaldoc 0Comment

Hey everyone,

You may have been told that you are paying for all of your education or that it is close to impossible to win scholarships. I am here to give you a few pointers on how to win multiple scholarships.

This past week I found out I won a scholarship worth $6,000. Jackpot!!! When you think of the grand scheme of how much medical school will cost, many people will shy away from applying. (And that’s perfect for you and I)

So far I have won 3 scholarships worth $8,500. Doesn’t sound like much, especially when you notice it was over the course of 6 years, but that is tip #1.

  1. Be extremely diligent when applying to scholarships.
    1. Once you make up in your mind to apply for scholarships, continue to apply on a consistent basis.
    2. At each school I attended, I had a bout of motivation to apply. I applied to and thankfully won some.
    3. Make a scholarship schedule.
      1. For me I like to receive e-mails from someone who looks up scholarships every Saturday. I also use Fastweb and Unigo. Best place is Google.
      2. Sundays, I scan the scholarships I have received and decide on which ones I will apply to
  • If I feel the website is sketchy or the app is too broad I skip it
  1. Monday-Thursday: I am writing essays
  2. Friday: I revise them one more time and submit all of the scholarships I worked on Monday-Thursday
  1. Once you are consistently diligent, you want to make sure you are applying to mainly extremely specific scholarships.
    1. This reduces your competition drastically.
      1. If you’re interested in becoming a physician, look up scholarships based off of that. Type in scholarships for biology majors, for exercise science majors, for medical school. They will pop up.
      2. Look them up based on your gender and ethnicity. Or something that very few people have. Make it as specific as possible.
    2. For example, I won a $1,000 scholarship in undergraduate school for being a dependent to a law enforcement officer in Broward County, FL. This scholarship was only for those at my school.
      1. So this scholarship narrowed the competition down to one type of profession in one county. How many people do you think applied?
    3. Another example, is when I won a scholarship that specified being a dependent to someone part of their specific labor union with a 3.2 GPA.
      1. This one was broader, but it was more specific than scholarships that say any college student can apply. Plus it gave out at least 10 scholarships. It was worth $1,500.
    4. The essay: this is the part that intimidates many people, especially me when I started.
      1. This year alone I have applied to over 50 scholarships, and all of them had essays. What I can say about these, is to use a story that links you and the company.
      2. I have heard many people say to write why you deserve the scholarship for just about every essay. It’s difficult to understand, when you have an essay that is specific with their niche.
        1. When its specific, make sure to input how that specific company is making a difference in this country and include a bio of your goals in the scholarship packet.
        2. If you are submitting online, type it in the main e-mail, that way they will see it without being forced to open another document. If it’s a scholarship you’re mailing out, create a separate document and include it on top. This will allow them to learn about you while you write an essay based on the topic given.
      3. Plan: Purchase the most recent official transcript and have someone on hand that is excited to write a letter of recommendation for you.
        1. Scholarships with requirements of official transcripts and letters will have less competition, simply because you have to invest money and more time.
        2. True story: I won a scholarship that required official transcripts. I was tempted to send in unofficial transcripts, because I felt that was enough. No it’s not they made it clear to have it official. Once I had everything in, I was notified a few weeks after the deadline that I won. Had I not submit that required document, someone else would have won it.
        3. Understanding what you need early in the process will make applying smooth.