It’s almost time to start filling out college scholarship applications!
I know it’s only December, but it’s important to start working on your resume and get letters of recommendation. Scholarships are due anywhere from January to July. While students are out on winter break, it is a good time to work on undergraduate scholarship applications. Most scholarships will require a transcript from your high school or university, letters of recommendation, an essay, and a resume. It might seem really daunting at first, but once you complete one scholarship, you will be able to use your information in other applications.
So where do I find scholarships to apply for? The best thing you can do is talk to your school counselor about your future. They will be able to point you in the right direction and find university scholarship applications to fill out. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s website has a lot of scholarships and information listed. Two of the most popular scholarships most students apply for are the Arkansas Academic Challenge and the Oaklon Foundation Scholarship. If you would like to find more scholarships to fill, you can visit http://www.scholarships.com. The college or university you attend offers their own scholarships as well.
Students participating in agriculture, including 4-H members, have more scholarships to apply for. Our Garland County Extension Service offers scholarships from the 4-H Foundation, Master Gardeners, and the Board of Extended Home Managers to current and former 4-H members of the college. Arkansas 4-H also offers multiple scholarships. They are scheduled to be delivered on February 1. You can find more information about these scholarships at http://www.4h.uada.edu.
Each year, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and County Farm Bureau Scholarship Programs provide more than $160,000 in college scholarships to students across the state. Farm Credit of Western Arkansas provides scholarships and sponsors several scholarships for 4-H and FFA members. Another organization to check out is Garland County and the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. There are plenty of scholarships for 4-H members and students involved in agriculture.
Recommendation letters are very important when it comes to applying for college scholarships. It gives the person reading your app an idea of who you are and who you are from someone else’s perspective. You can ask teachers, coaches, district agents, 4-H leaders, FFA counselors, employers, family friends, pastors, counselors, etc. to write your letters of recommendation. Make sure you give them plenty of time to write the letter, so you can get it back in time, so you don’t miss the scholarship deadline.
The bulk of the scholarship application may be an essay. Scholarship donors love to see people who have overcome obstacles or difficulties and learned from them. You may have a specific prompt to answer or write about your career goals. It would be helpful if a parent or English language teacher could see your essay. Be sure to include a strong introduction. Since the introduction is what draws the reader into your article and convinces them to keep going, it should be one of the most powerful parts of your essay. Instead of starting with a general overview, why not connect the reader with a surprising first line?
Communicating with an audience through writing can be challenging, but when done right, it can create a very strong connection between the reader and the author. Showing your feelings is a great way to do this and to get the reader personally invested in your article. Showing feelings can help the reader see you as a person rather than an anonymous author. Don’t forget to mention your career goals and why you chose your chosen college. The person reading your essay wants to know that you are passionate about your studies and that their money will go to someone who deserves it.
The last thing I want to mention about undergraduate scholarships is what to do when you receive them. Most scholarship money will be sent to the college, so the people who awarded you the scholarship will need proof of enrollment and your college ID number. Get this information to them in a timely manner so you can receive your grant money quickly. Always write and send a thank you note! It is very important to show your gratitude when you are chosen for an award. People remember little things like that – especially if you apply for the same scholarship again.
Garland County holds two PAT sessions on January 26, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and each session will be limited to 12 people, by reservations only. Call the Garland County Extension Office, 501-623-6841 to register. The cost is $20; Checks are preferred.
4-H . info
There are several 4-H clubs for Garland County youth ages 5-19. For more information on all the fun 4-H activities available, call Carol Ann McAfee at the Extension Office, 501-623-6841, or email her at [email protected]
Master gardener info
Master Gardener meetings take place on the third Thursday of every month at Elks Lodge. Meetings are open to the public and guests are invited. Call the Counseling Office at 6841-623501 for more information.
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Interested in joining the current Homemakers Club addon? EHC is the state’s largest voluntary organization. For more information about the EHC, call Allison Crane, a family and consumer sciences agent, at 501-623-6841 or email her at [email protected]