Searching for scholarships

- Scholarships are a source of free money

that students can use to help pay for college.

So, obviously this is a great thing.

And students can start looking for scholarships

throughout their high school career.

Most scholarships are available for students

when they become seniors in high school,

and then scholarships are available

to students when they're in college as well.

So scholarships are something

that you should constantly be on the lookout for,

and something that you will need to apply to.

It might include filling out forms.

It might mean writing essays.

It might mean getting recommendation letters

or submitting transcripts.

Some of them are online.

Some of them are paper applications.

Your school might actually announce different scholarships

through their newsletter or on their website,

and so, it's something that you might need to

be on the lookout for, you might have to pursue on your own.

- I literally applied to every single scholarship

I could ever think of.

I googled every Armenian scholarship

because I'm an Armenian descent,

but I'm also from Lebanon,

so I googled Lebanese scholarships,

and the more I realized that the more specific

you get on the scholarships end,

the more likely you are to get it

because not everyone applies to those scholarships,

and I was really fortunate enough

that I almost received every single scholarship I applied to

because they were so specific to who I was,

where I was from, and what I was going to be pursuing,

and that saved me.

- There's a number of scholarships out there,

and sometimes it can be hard to figure out

which ones you should apply to.

I always encourage my students

to apply to the local scholarships,

so you should apply to the local scholarships.

Those are the ones that might be limited

to students in your school district,

or to a certain number of high schools,

or a certain region,

and so you will have fewer students

competing for those scholarships.

So you might have a better shot

of getting some of those scholarships.

- Another great opportunity might be

essay contests for scholarship dollars.

They typically, again, require you to write

some form of an essay, maybe

anywhere from a page to five pages.

Maybe also submit teacher recommendations,

your SAT scores, even your transcripts.

So, that extra amount of work

sometimes deters students from doing that

so if you're willing to put in that extra work,

you'd be surprised to see how many extra

scholarship dollars you may be able to get.

- Some students go into the scholarship process

thinking that scholarships are only

for the students with the highest GPA

or the highest test scores,

and that's absolutely not true.

Scholarships are for everyone,

everyone who's willing to put in the work

in order to apply for those scholarships.