2011 is now upon us. Students across the country are pushing up their sleeves, gathering their pens, and submitting scholarship applications in droves. Scholarships.com realizes that competition among students is tough and that financial aid is a necessity for the majority of them. As such, we introduced another scholarship into the mix. This time, one of our own. The annual Resolve to Evolve Essay competition is up and running once again, offering high school seniors the chance to earn up to $3,000 in cash for college. Collect your wits, piece together your opinions, and submit your essay to Scholarships.com for consideration.
It sounds like we couldn’t make it any simpler - doesn’t it? Not so. For students who are having a hard time getting started on their essay I have written an article entitled Write A Scholarship Worthy Essay. In this piece you’ll find suggestions that can see you through the essay writing process, from beginning to end, and tips to help you reach your intended audience (a panel of scholarship judges who want to help you earn money for school). Articles like this have been created by Scholarships.com to encourage the participation of students and to equip applicants with the tools necessary to succeed in earning scholarships.
We recently caught up with a few of the winners from 2006's Resolve to Evolve Essay Competition and as it turns out, they’re still in college and on track, thanks to a little help from Scholarships.com. For each, freshman year is already well underway and they are about to dive into their second semester of college level courses. Since entering college, they have begun dreaming big and are pursuing careers in a broad range of fields, from economics to chemical research.
Cassidy W., the second place winner in 2006, is currently majoring in bioengineering at the University of Washington, which as she points out is located, "in beautiful Seattle". Like many first year college students, Cassidy has expressed some uncertainty about how her choice to attend this university has played out. Cassidy explains:
"The resources and opportunities are endless, but class sizes are out of control and the lectures haven’t been as helpful as I had imagined. Upperclassmen have told me that higher-level classes are much easier than your basic, "weed-out" classes, as they have smaller classes and more interesting material."
Interestingly, Cassidy’s observation is not unusual. Many freshman are frustrated by the structure, or lack thereof, in general studies courses. Even in smaller private schools students find that the first year courses can feel like the hardest to complete; attention is less individualized due to overcrowded classes and the courses require a large amount of work outside of class.
Nick C., the fifth place winner in 2006, is studying chemistry at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. Unlike Cassidy, Nick’s freshman year doesn’t seem to be shadowed by any feelings of doubt in his decision to attend Georgetown. Nick says:
"Choosing Georgetown was one of the best decisions of my life. It was definitely the right decision."
Apparently, Nick is one of Georgetown’s very satisfied customers - no if, and, or but about it!
Nick and Cassidy are living proof that hard work really does pay off. Any student can have the same success that these two bright academics have had in searching for scholarships. All you need to do is commit your time, energy, and effort to the search process and remember to follow through. Submitting an application is half the battle.
Best of luck to our past Resolve to Evolve winners and our future applicants!
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