A Counterintuitive Trick to Getting More Scholarships

April 4, 2019
Maya Mundell

The fool-proof trick to keep the scholarships coming in and becoming and remaining a paid student is thinking about the needs and wants of others first.

Take a look at this Henry Ford Quote: “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”
Keep this quote in mind and before you make moves to apply for a scholarship or any type of funding, figure out what the selection committee wants and is looking for in their applicants and future scholarship recipients. Then, become and/or present yourself as the person who they are searching for.
To maximize your scholarship and student funding success, make sure you use this approach and mindset when….

Dealing and negotiating with financial aid and bursar representatives at your college or university (always offer up what you can even if it may seem little or irrelevant)
Requesting paid teaching and research assistantships from a professor
Requesting recommendation letters from your professors, counselors, and teachers (and yes, you do need these to get scholarships and student money)
Writing your scholarship essays and personal statements

So the next time you attempt to persuade a teacher, professor, or counselor to help you secure more student funding or try to sway a selection committee to award you a scholarship, before you do anything, ask yourself: “How can I make this person (or these people) want to help me?”
Whatever that answer may be, make sure you add genuine value so that the person involved is more inclined to help you reach your goals.