In today’s economy, finding scholarships can be a challenging task.
If you are planning your last year of high school, or your fall semester in college, then you are probably asking yourself, “What are my plans this summer to pay for my college expenses?” As a student, particularly in today’s uncertain economy, you will be forced to think outside of the box, in order to find scholarships, to build upon your resume, and to find job opportunities.
Here are a few tips that will point you in the right direction.
1. Visit job fairs. Some high schools and colleges host their own job fairs to help students learn more about employers and available positions. Keep in mind that some companies encourage their employees to embrace higher education by offering scholarships. For example, Culver’s offers its VIP Scholarship Program to its employees.
2. Volunteer. Although not a paid position, volunteering can provide endless opportunities that will “pay off” in the future. More scholarship providers are asking questions like, “Do you have any volunteer experience?” Make sure that you have an answer to this question. If your answer is “no,” don’t worry. You still have time to pursue these opportunities. There are plenty of organizations, like the American Red Cross (www.redcrossyouth.org), that offer a variety of programs based on your interests.
3. Network. You have to do your research and sometimes that means just bringing it up in conversation. It is amazing what you can learn by meeting new people through networking. For example, I recently learned about the organization, AmeriCorp, and how it provides individuals with the chance to make a difference and at the same time raise money for their education. You can learn more about this organization by visiting www.americorps.gov.
Stand out among your scholarship competitors by spending your summer planning your future.