How to Apply for a Scholarship

In some of our most recent articles BS has highlighted some prolific achievements by black students. Since 2016, we have reported on at least 3 students who went to the bank with over 13 colleges acceptances, full scholarships and enough money for books and housing. So why the issue with faking grades, activities and achievements to get Hollywood A-listers into Top schools?

To help as many of our kids as possible get into the college of their choice, we went to the horse’s mouth for tips on how to not only choose which scholarship to apply for but how to better your odds of getting those scholarships.

First things first. What is the difference between a Scholarship and a Grant? There is a difference and knowing this can make the difference between your little scholar graduating with a big fat loan at the end of their schooling or not.

A Scholarship is money that may have conditions to get but does not have to be repaid. There could be money available for academics, sports, civic involvement, etc.… All of these come with conditions but as we said, does not have to be repaid to the organization or person offering the scholarship.

Grants on the other hand in general are monies that must be repaid, at interest. Which means, you must pay back the money with interest. Be careful in applying for Grants. Their interest rates varying greatly.

 For those of you looking to score a scholarship, here are some tips.

These tips can help as you choose which scholarships to apply for:

  1. Be careful. You shouldn’t have to pay for scholarships or for scholarship searches. …
  2. Be thorough. Don’t overlook smaller scholarships. …
  3. Be honest. Don’t exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. …
  4. Be proactive. …
  5. Be diligent. …
  6. Be on time.

It is vitally important to do your homework on any scholarship or grant you are looking to qualify for. Each has its ups and down. Being an informed student or parent pays off in the end.

With all these tips don’t get caught up like the families we witnessed this week. These parents did everything wrong. In one case not only did they have someone take their child’s SAT exam, but they had their child’s head photoshopped onto the body of an athlete to help their child qualify for an athletic scholarship in a sport they never even played.

Do it the right way. Trust that your child has the right stuff. They will thank you in the end.

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