12 simple ways to prepare a student to win college scholarships

Posted: 2016-09-09

by Monica Matthews, College Scholarship Expert

12 simple ways to prepare a student to win college scholarships

No matter how old or young your children are, there are ways you can prepare NOW to help them win college scholarships when they are ready to apply for and attend college. The cost of college tuition is skyrocketing and knowledge is power, so here are 12 simple ways to prepare students to win college scholarships.

1. Encourage good grades

From the time they enter preschool, parents can instill in their children the importance of always doing their very best on all their schoolwork. As students get older and begin to receive letter grades, they should be encouraged to always strive for Aís and Bís. Working towards being included on academic honor rolls should be a goal and a family expectation.

2. Value volunteering

Helping others is not only good for students and the people they help; itís good for scholarship applications. Most organizations that offer college scholarships want to know how many community service hours a student has worked and how it has impacted their lives. Parents can start early with their children and volunteer as a family, establishing meaningful relationships with people who may one day write detailed and personal letters of recommendation for their student.

3. Speak about WHEN, not IF

Talking about "when" students will go to college, instead of "if" they will go, sends a message that college is an important part of a studentís education. Parents can also bring into casual conversations valuable information and lessons they learned from their own college days.

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