Why You Should Create a Scholarship Application Calendar

Create a scholarship application calendar to keep yourself organized

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Now, we’re not talking about marking the days that a scholarship is due, we’re talking about a weekly or monthly calendar where you set aside time to sit down and search for and apply to scholarships.

Why you should make a calendar:

There are opportunities for scholarships year-round, not just in the summer or in the spring of your senior year of high school. Instead of dedicating entire days of your weekend or whole breaks to crafting up as many scholarships as possible, it might be a better idea to spread out the load over a longer period of time.

For example, what if you spent one hour a day, every other day, searching for and applying to scholarships? It’s not a ton of time in the long run. Or maybe you spend an hour doing your scholarship hunt on the weeknights you don’t have volleyball practice? The point is, find a time period within your normal schedule and squeeze in some scholarship time.

Don’t wait too long:

If you wait till the last minute and furiously try to apply to as many as possible, you’re going to miss out on a lot of great opportunities for financial aid. Instead, do yourself a favor and prepare early and regularly. This can help you build up a nice financial cushion, and do it in a far less stressful way.

Your calendar is important:

So print out a calendar and post it above your desk, or enter it as an item on your phone. Treat it like you would a class or scheduled event, and you’re much more likely to follow through and actually use that time beneficially.

Good luck, scholarship hunter!

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Allison Wignall

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