It is the end of the semester and Christmas is right around the corner. With this holiday, you are also another week closer to the Dell, Smith, and Gates scholarship deadlines.
While some seniors will spend the majority of the holidays sleeping in, visiting friends, and sharing time with family, a few of you will be PRIORITIZING your time to work at least an hour each day on crucial essays.
Once you have put the essay in your Senior Folder, send BOTH Jamaica (205) 767-7193 or me (205) 516-5007 a text to let us know you have done something that needs editing. Remember, you need to make sure that you answer the "hidden questions," which include:
- Why is this person worthy of $5,000, $10,000, or even $60,000?
- What obstacles has this person overcome to emerge as an individual deserving of this scholarship?
- What lessons has this person learned that will enable him/her to be victorious in college (just as you are in high school)?
Your goal should be to have your essays DONE no later than January 1st so they can be thoroughly edited. If you get stuck on one of the questions, text and I will try to help you. Also, you could use a strategy Jamaica developed. You can find a quote that helps to focus your essay (this works especially well on the Community Service essay). Put it at the top and begin your essay generally, where you put some of that quote before you get to the "what you did" part.
Your future is just ahead. All you must do now is finish this part of the journey with the strength and positive attitude you had when you began your quest. Above all, know that these scholarships involve HARD WORK and EFFORT; without these two qualities, your essays and applications will fall short of EXCELLENCE, which is what you will need on every part to earn a scholarship. With EFFORT, YOU CAN DO IT!