The Road Ahead

Congratulations to all of the seniors who successfully completed and submitted their college applications. I know that you all put in a lot of extra time and effort to make sure that each of your applications will stand out, and I applaud you for your dedication. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back and breathe a sigh of relief, but don’t get too relaxed because your next major task is up to bat.

What I’m referring to are scholarships and lots of them. We all know that the costs of college can be shocking, but there are many scholarships out there that can help cushion the cost and supplement financial aid. Don’t let financial hardship prevent you from going to your dream college.

Starting in December, it’s important for all of you to start researching and applying for scholarships. The perfect mix would be to apply for a combination of smaller $250-$500 scholarships, as well as larger ones that are $1,000 and more. The more you apply for, the better chance you’ll have at securing funds for your college tuition. I recommend applying for at minimum FIFTEEN scholarships. However, applying to 20 to 25 scholarships would really show your commitment to getting to college and not having to worry too much about financial assistance. Remember, every dollar adds up.

There are many resources to help you with the process. If you need help getting started, please see Michelle Sandoval for guidance. There are many websites that can help guide you, such as College Greenlight. The key to scholarships is to be creative in finding the right ones for you. There’s a scholarship for almost every hobby, sport, characteristic, ethnicity and more.

While it may feel like applications and essays are taking over your life at the moment, just know that the hard work you put in now will save you from the stress and worry later. Go, DONS!

Jacki Cisneros