“Why bother? So many people apply!”, “I’m only a member of 1 or 2 clubs, I won’t get picked.” “Only freshman get scholarships, I’m not wasting my time.” Sound familiar?
I got in touch with the Foundation Scholarship Coordinator, Jennifer Jonsgaard, to help me debunk some of the most popular scholarship myths. Trust me, starting Jan. 1 you’ll want to apply to as many Foundation scholarships as possible after reading this.
Myth 1: Only athletes or academically advanced students receive scholarships.
Fact: Scholarships are awarded to students with all sorts of talents and interests, not just to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Myth 2: You need to have TONS of extracurricular activities to win scholarships.
Fact: Quality over quantity, my friend. Showing devotion to a particular activity or group says a lot more than just showing up to meetings for way too many groups.
Myth 3: Only low-income students can qualify for scholarships.
Myth 4: Too many people will apply, so why bother?
Myth 5: Scholarships just aren’t worth the effort!
Fact: If someone offered you a job for $50 an hour, you’d take it right? Well, if you spend 20 hours applying and get a $1,000 scholarship that’s $50 per hour! This is free money people. Yes, you are going to have to jump through a couple hoops to get it.
Myth 6: Only great writers get scholarships.