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10 Tips For Getting A Full Scholarship In 2022

Written by ibxis

It may seem like an impossible dream to get a full scholarship to your dream college, but in reality, it’s not that hard if you plan ahead. The average cost of attending a 4-year university in the United States is more than $20,000 per year, which can really add up over the course of four years. Scholarships are an excellent way to finance your college education without having to take out student loans, and there are several scholarships available exclusively to international students. The following 10 tips will help you win a full scholarship from 2022 on!

1) Make a List of Schools That Offer Full Scholarships


The first step to getting a full scholarship is knowing where you can get one. Many schools offer merit-based scholarships to help students achieve their educational goals and become future leaders in their field of study. You’ll want to create a list of institutions that you would be willing to attend for free, and make sure these schools fit your needs in terms of location, proximity to family, cost, reputation, and so on. Once you’ve compiled your list of potential colleges that offer full scholarships based on merit alone (or at least have a high percentage), write down all of their names on paper so they are easier to access later on when you decide which school you want to apply for.

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2) Do Your Research


You may not be able to attend a college or university until years in advance, but you can still get a head start on researching schools, programs and requirements. Start by looking up all of your high school classes and subjects, as well as any certifications or prerequisites that might be required for your intended major. Use that list as a starting point and look into each program’s specific requirements. If you find anything that doesn’t line up with what you’ve already taken, ask your teachers if it might be possible to earn an elective credit early (for example, if you have enough algebra credits but not geometry credits). Before applying for scholarships or grants, make sure that all coursework is approved by grantors.

3) Choose One School to Start With

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Choosing to go to one school for undergrad is a big decision—you’ll have to stick with it for three years. But consider that it could be your ticket to a full ride (or close to it). The average cost of tuition and fees per year in 2017–2018 was $34,740 at private colleges, $9,970 for state residents at public universities and $24,930 for out-of-state students attending public universities. Make your tuition money go further by choosing just one college or university when you apply. There’s no point in applying to schools where you won’t get accepted or receive enough financial aid.

4) Build an Epic Application Essay


Applying for scholarships is an art, and there are many do’s and don’ts. When it comes to creating a compelling essay, remember that you don’t need to be funny, witty or even grammatically correct (in fact, too much punctuation in an essay can get your application thrown out). Above all else, tell a story. Start with something personal—whether it’s your own experiences growing up in poverty or what drove you to apply for a scholarship in honor of your favorite teacher. And always provide evidence of your dedication to help others and achieve financial freedom.

5) Create an Incredible Personal Statement


Often your college application is your first real opportunity to show admissions officers who you are as a person and how you might fit into their school. These statements can be long, but they need to be compelling and memorable. Stand out by sharing something unique about yourself, like an experience or accomplishment that sets you apart from other applicants in some way. Show enthusiasm for learning at your school of choice by reflecting on what inspired you most about its offerings—and why it’s well-suited to help you reach your academic and career goals.

6) Write Multiple Letters of Recommendation


You can apply for scholarships in a lot of ways, but if you want to get financial aid, you’ll need some letters of recommendation. That’s because federal student aid programs like Pell Grants and Stafford Loans are only available to students who can prove they have financial need—which, in part, is determined by your family’s finances. You don’t have to be a genius to realize that asking your parents or guardians to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf might not be ideal. So start now by finding people who know you well (teachers, advisors) and building those relationships; ask them early so that you’ll have plenty of time for second and third drafts.

7) Put Together an Amazing Application Package


Most scholarships are competitive. If you want to win, you’ll need to make your application as impressive as possible—and that includes your essay. Always take some time with your essays; you want each one to be a winner, not just a good enough draft that doesn’t communicate who you are and what makes you stand out from other applicants. Even if it’s last minute, spend some time on something personalized and thoughtful; it’s well worth it in scholarship money (around $30 billion is awarded each year).

8) Do Your Best on the ACT or SAT


The ACT and SAT are just a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start getting ready for them now. Use these next few months to study for your exams, but also use them to improve your score—test prep is as much about familiarizing yourself with how you answer questions as it is about scoring well on test day. Start by taking a practice test under timed conditions and grade yourself against a range of scores (low, medium and high) provided by an organization like Kaplan or College Board. Then analyze how you did on each section so you know where to study harder before test day rolls around.

9) Get Interview Ready


Next, start polishing your interviewing skills. Check out interviews with college admissions officers to get a sense of what they want to hear from you. Then, if possible, find an alumnus of your target school who can offer guidance. If you’re accepted early decision at a private school and don’t know any alumni, you could try reaching out through LinkedIn. Similarly, if you don’t know any student ambassadors at public schools—those students who may have attended high school in your area—call up admissions offices and ask for help connecting with one of them.

10) Stay Calm and Don’t Panic!


The last thing you want to do when trying to get a full ride is panic. You’re still at least three years away from college, so don’t start freaking out yet. Take it easy, and enjoy your teenage years while they last. You have plenty of time to figure things out! If you need help making sure that you’re taking every possible opportunity now, be sure to visit sites like NY Times Best Selling Author Charlie Hoehn’s Play It Away or mine at The Art of Manliness for tips on managing your schedule and being productive without feeling overworked. Also remember that scholarships are highly competitive; research shows that only about 2% of all high school students actually win one.

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