Today's Washington Post has an interesting article about the value of applying for numerous scholarships. Vikaya Powell from TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, wanted to ensure she could pay for college, despite her single mother losing her job. So, with help from her college counselor, Vikaya winnowed down all the scholarship choices (speak Klingon? Handy with Duct Tape? Know all about Fire Sprinklers?) to about 36 for which she applied.
While she hasn't heard back yet with awards, she is hopeful. After all, said one multiple scholarship winner, "The “common thread” among those who do win a lot of scholarship money is that they pursue as many opportunities as they can."
I know from personal experience that this scatter-shot approach works. I've had one student apply for over 50 scholarships to win $12,000 so far, with over 75% of the scholarships not announced.
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