Episode 14: Scholarship marathon past winners and annual scholarships

The first two scholarships in the scholarship marathon both have top awards for $10,000, and several smaller awards are also available. The amount of work for both of these scholarships is significant, so it will be a challenge to complete both in a week, but I believe you can do it.

The two strategies we discuss in this episode include the power of past winners and strategically using annual scholarships.

Utilizing past winners helps you write a better essay because you know exactly what the organizations wants. You should look for past winners on every scholarship opportunity. If they do have past winners analyze the winners and see what they did well and note ideas you have after reading or watching their work. We walk through past winners in the podcast episode, so take a listen if you more curious about the analyzation process, but it pretty obvious tactics.

The second strategy was reapplying to annual scholarships annually until you win. The annual scholarship in this episode requires reading a book and writing an essay. Pro tip: if you read the book once you can just scan it in subsequent years. Make sure you highlight important parts through the first read so you can focus on those parts in other application years. Obviously, once you win, you can celebrate and stop applying for it, because usually you are not eligible after winning the top prize.

The first feature scholarship is the Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship.

Key takeaways include:

  1. Read past winners to get an understanding of what the organization wants in terms of quality and writing style.
  2. This scholarships has a significant amount of small essays, so think through them and answer them adequately.
  3. Due date is June 10, so no slacking off if you want this opportunity.

The second feature scholarship is the From Failure to Promise Essay Contest.

Key takeaways include:

  1. The book is a pretty quick read. Get a print copy so you can keep it for future applications.
  2. Edit this essay well it is more than 1,500 words.
  3. Keep your essay to use content from it in future applications.

The most important action item from this episode and the next two episodes is do the work.

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