How Parents and Counselors can enhance student’s Chances to Earn Scholarships

Finding and applying for scholarships while at the same time completing high school can be very stressful and overwhelming for the average 18 year old. University or College counseling and Parental guidance can not only assist alleviate some of that stress but can also boost the likelihood of students being accepted to and enrolling in university.

Counselors and Parents can be most effective throughout the process by serving as a rich resource rather than by forcing their opinion on students. That means you have to stick to the basics: applying early, completing student profiles, meeting deadlines and having correct documents available.


Here are few helpful tips and ways in which counselors and parents can be the greatest resources for college-bound students.

Start early:

Students can begin competing for scholarships early by recognize their key skills and interests. Counselors and Parents can help by sitting down with students and creating profiles that highlight the students’ strong skills and points. They can then help the students in find scholarship opportunities that are most aligned with the students’ individual profiles.

Counselors and Parents can then assist benchmark students’ progress to ensure they are in right direction to meet scholarship requirements. Think of this as preparing a resume for a scholarship. By researching scholarships early, even high school sophomores and freshmen can take the essential courses, earn the requisite GPA and contribute in the appropriate extra-curricular activities and sports to help strengthen their scholarship resume and boost their probability of securing scholarships.

Several scholarships are open to students who demonstrate an early commitment to a particular activity or cause. For instance, patriotic students in ninth through 12th grade can earn up to $30,000 through the VFW Voice of Democracy Competition by recording an audio essay on the theme “My Responsibility to America.” The My Preparedness Story: Staying Resilient and Healthy Video Challenge, which is open to students ages 15-23, requires students to be active in their social circles and community, mainly regarding preparation for emergencies and disasters.

Counselors and Parents can assist students learn about and get involved in community and school projects and initiatives, mainly for scholarships that call for community involvement and social action.

In addition to staying involved outside of the classroom, counselors and parents should be aware of each and every scholarship’s GPA requirements with other academic criteria. Although not all scholarships are based on excellent grades, many of the prominent and high-dollar scholarships require a minimum 2.5-3.0 GPA.

Help prioritize:

Sometimes counselors, parents and even older siblings who have been through the scholarship process can finest answer the query of which scholarships should be on the students’ short list.

Students should never apply for a scholarship that needs a fee; much less use a scholarship service that charges.

However, some highest dollar scholarships – such as The Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarship, through which qualifying community college and high school seniors students are eligible to win up to $20,000 – require students to show a strong academic record, leadership skills and community involvement.

Counselors and Parents and can assist students prioritize. If student finds high-dollar scholarships that require lengthy essays, motivate them to invest more effort and time in those scholarship opportunities first and then apply for various smaller, easier ones. Often, counselors or parents can be extremely helpful in providing establishing priorities and direction as well as determining the work versus likely reward ratio of a scholarship.

If a scholarship requires small effort and the students succeed, motivate them to apply. Still, if the application will take some hours to complete, counselors and parents can provide students with extra information and insight on the process and help them to determine whether they should apply or not.

Understand the parent’s responsibility:

Several parents hope that their kids will go to university, but they may also worry about affording it. University has become some times more costly than when parents attended.

Many, but not all, scholarships require families to show financial need, such as the 100 Syrian Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program. Scholarships based on financial need are typically designed to recruit and fund particular ethnic, gender and racial groups in certain fields.

Financial pressure can come from a multitude of different sources, one of which can be the death of a guardian or parent. The Life Lessons Scholarship Program was established to offer $15,000 in scholarship funds for those who persevered in the face of this difficulty.

As they research the financial fit of university, parents should check into the merit-based aid – scholarships and grants – that their student’s preferred schools award in addition to need-based aid. That will help position students to assist themselves.


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