I watched my step-sons struggle with ADHD and other disorders as they navigate school. Jude spoke up and said that he wants to go to college. Levi said he wants a good job so he needs to go to college too. They are picking up their grades and we have a plan for them but it will take our family time to give him everything we want to.
There are so many opportunities to encourage our children to do well in school. By showing them opportunities to receive scholarships now! I am reading this article from the Sallie Mae website. It discusses how you do not need to be a straight A student or an all-star athlete in order to help with college. They talk about our hobbies giving us a way in to college:
"There are college scholarships out there for everyone: crafters, gamers, vegans, green thumbs, Trekkies—you name it."
This link will enable you to start now! A reminder it is never too young to start this process. Salliemae.com
"You don’t need to wait until you’ve made your final decision about your school to apply. But don’t worry if you missed out on some of the earliest scholarship applications. There are lots of scholarship opportunities out there, all with different deadlines. Apply for scholarships every year you’re in college, too—there are many scholarships for current college students."
"There are a number of college scholarships available for students who are still in elementary or middle school. And while you may not be able to use this scholarship money right away, you’ll have it in the bank when the time comes to cover tuition. Our list below features scholarships for college available to legal US residents age five to age 21." Here is the link to the Edvisors.
Some helpful tips!
Be careful. You shouldn’t have to pay for scholarships or for scholarship searches. School counselors and school financial aid offices can recommend reputable options, like Sallie Mae's free Scholarship Search tool.
Be thorough. Don’t overlook smaller scholarships. Even a few hundred dollars can help offset the cost of textbooks and supplies.
Be honest. Don't exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. You’re more likely to receive scholarships if you apply for the ones that match your interests and skills.
Be proactive. Apply for scholarships every year you’re in college. Approximately 50 percent of available scholarships are for students already enrolled in college.
Be diligent. Pay attention to details. Some scholarships require you to write an essay while others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what’s requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can be the difference between winning or losing a scholarship.
Be on time. Some scholarships are very quick and easy to apply for. Others take a little more time. Meet all deadlines. If the scholarship application can’t be submitted electronically, use certified mail. Missing a deadline could disqualify you.