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Application motivation: 3 tips to help you bank the scholarships

November 1st, 2013 | Hannah Beers


Fall.

It really is a beautiful time of year. Colorful foliage, the scent of apple cider drifting through the air, and bonfires galore decorate this glorious season.  I spend my October days thanking God that he created such a wonderful world. However, two years ago at this time, I was not so appreciative.

During Autumn just two short years ago, the wonderful day of being accepted into Evangel University, my eternal dream college, had come and gone. Now came the part no one talks about. I was up to my neck in one thing: scholarship applications.

It can’t be that bad, right? Scholarships are just like questionnaires about yourself and how incredibly unique and talented you are, right?

Wrong. They’re thought-provoking, complicated and – believe it or not – incredibly rewarding. So, in honor of the season of scholarships, I offer your three pieces of advice.

1. Be the best you can be.

Sure, you were on the volleyball team all four years, but so are a lot of people. What did you learn from being on that team? How did you grow?

We all know playing the tuba in marching band is an excellent talent, but make it something more than that. Make it something that the scholarship committee can’t live without.

2. Pace yourself.

It’s easy to look at the stack of 348 scholarships before you and wonder how you’ll ever have a social life again, but do not fear. Make a strategy. Every Saturday, complete two applications before you go on with the rest of your weekend. It’ll simplify your life and spare you regret on Senior Awards night.

3. Just do it.

I can write novels about why you should complete scholarships, but until you just decide to do it, there’s no point. It’s your senior year and you’re living the life, right? Well, in another year you’ll still be living the life, and chances are, that one will be way better. So, instead of whining about writing a “unique experience” essay 37 times, just write it.

All humor aside, I do honestly encourage each one of you to spend time pursuing scholarships. From Evangel, to your hometown, to nation-wide competitions, there are thousands of opportunities to assist you in pursuing an education that will pay off for the rest of your life.

If not for scholarships, I wouldn’t be at Evangel University. Don’t make the mistake of missing out on your future because you’re too lazy to list your extracurriculars.


Want more? Learn about the scholarships Evangel has to offer.

Hannah Beers

Hannah Beers is a sophomore Advertising/PR major from Steelville, Missouri, a town she says is "literally smaller than Evangel." As sophomore class president, College Republican president, a member of Excalibur yearbook staff, a photographer and founder of the Insecurely Movement, she's almost too busy to write this blog. But she loves sharing about Evangel, and she's not very good at saying no, so she's sharing the journey here.

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