How I got my tuition paid for at WSU.

With the stress of paying for college and the sky high costs of yearly tuition, many students have to make a huge decision on whether to attend their college of choice or to commute to a college near their parents house. I understand that everyone wants the “college experience” but, is it really worth it? The point of this post is explain the benefits of commuting to college instead of going away to college.

Upon graduation from high school, I received a tech prep scholarship in the amount of $3,000 to Sinclair Community College. I wasn’t excited to attend a community college but, I did’t want a huge financial burden that would prevent me from traveling and buying my own house once I graduate from college. I decided to attend Sinclair Community College to obtain an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. I have always dreamed of being in charge of a business or having a high role of authority, my determined major at WSU was business management. During those two years at Sinclair, I made a choice to major in Marketing and Accounting at WSU once I completed my Associate’s degree. I made this choice because the job market for Accounting and Marketing is in high demand and I had a strong interest and passion for both business fields.

You might be thinking, “What will you do with these two majors?!” My career can go two directions, I can either obtain a marketing role with a company that will help grow and work my way up in the company or I can take the CPA exam and work for a public accounting firm. I am extremely happy with both routes, hence the reason why I am a double major. Now that you know a little bit of background information about my college experience, let’s get down to business about how I got my tuition paid for at Wright State University.

I can’t stress enough the importance of completing the scholarship application for the college you are currently attending. The best way to obtain as many scholarships as possible is to have a good essay that answers all of the required questions. I usually save my scholarship essay on my computer so that I can use it for the next following year. If your school requires a minimum of one letter of recommendation from one of your professors, I would recommend to have at least three letters of recommendations from professors that you have a good relationship with. A letter of recommendation that stands out will most likely get the school’s attention. Your cumulative GPA also has an impact on the amount of scholarships you can receive.

I received a total of seven scholarships for the school year of Fall 2016 through Spring 2017. I received two scholarships, one in the amount of $2,000 and one that covered 1/3 of my tuition, since I transferred from Sinclair Community College with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration with a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. I received a scholarship in the amount of 1,000 since I am an Emerging Marketing Leaders member at Wright State University. I was chosen for three other scholarships by my marketing and accounting professors. The seventh scholarship I received was a Marketing Scholarship from Speedway. My cumulative GPA at WSU is 3.86, that is a huge factor on why I received so many scholarships that covered my tuition.

Getting your tuition paid for through scholarships isn’t as hard as it seems. My best advice is to have a strong relationship with all of your professors, get involved in activities at your school, and study as much as possible for all of your classes. If you have the motivation and dedication to put a lot of effort into school it will pay off.


Ashley O.

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