By Mel Beasley, CSB Marketing Assistant
The UNCW University Scholarship Application is now open, and we are sure some of you have deleted the email thinking it’s a waste of time to even bother. You’ve got a lot of other things to do and putting time and energy into what often seems like a pipe dream just isn’t one of them. We get it. Scholarship applications often require 500- to 1500-word essays. It’s a lot of work for something you may not even get, especially when applying to lots of them. Let’s look at some strategies to finding and applying to scholarships.
Can you even get a scholarship?
Despite what everyone wants you to believe, there ARE scholarships available for you if you are willing to put in the legwork. Many students believe that taking out student loans is the only way to pay for college, but this is simply not the case. “With more than 2.7 million scholarship and grant opportunities worth more than $19 billion, just about everyone is bound to find something,” according to research conducted by Scholarship.com. Of course, the big whig media reporters will tell you that only a small percentage of students receive scholarships, they don’t share the reason behind that; only a small percentage of students put in the effort required to win scholarships.
Don’t expect to get a full-ride scholarship by sending in one application. If you want to be in the game, you have to put your name in the hat—tons of hats, actually. If you can find a scholarship that applies to you, apply for it. You are more likely to get a scholarship from a private entity than, say, a full-ride athletic scholarship. While you may not get a full-ride, you may when several thousand dollars per year. If you apply that to your Pell Grant and are working during college, you may not have to take out any loans at all.
Let’s look at a success story.
Christopher Gray, the eldest of three siblings to a single mom, grew up in a low-income family and faced daunting odds about going to college as none of his family members had ever graduated from a university. He started applying for scholarships during his junior year of high school and spent seven excruciating months applying relentlessly to every scholarship he could find that applied to him. His work paid off as Gray won $1.3 million in scholarship funding by applying to a massive amount of them.
His success sparked an idea within Gray to create a scholarship finding website and app that would better help students locate active scholarships that actually apply to them. Introducing Scholly, one of the nation’s newest and fastest growing scholarship application hubs. “Imagine growing up in deep poverty during a national recession in a single parent household. You have limited access to computers, no access to internet at home but have the desire to go to college,” tells the official website.
So, what do we have to glean from Christopher Gray? Scholarships are out there, but you have to play the game to win. Yes, they are time consuming and take effort—you will write a lot of words—but what you have to gain from applying to tons of scholarships is the possibility to graduate with no debt or significantly less debt. We think that’s worth the effort, don’t you?
- UNCW’s scholarship application is open until March 1st and you can apply here.
- Cameron School of Business also has a scholarship hub specific to business concentrations that can be found here.
- Start applying to outside scholarships by creating your Scholly account today by clicking here.