The problem these days is that a lot of students can no longer afford a college education. For some, they opt to make student loans which can really create a big problem for them. But there are those who simple settle for underpaid jobs.
SEPTEMBER: Learn your high school’s procedure for obtaining teacher recommendations and requesting that your transcript be sent to colleges. Complete appropriate forms and secure two Merit Scholarship teacher recommendations.
The philosopher Aristotle observed that excellence is not an act but a habit. Your grades reflect what you do day after day and month after month. Take studies seriously. And remember that colleges like people who are successful, whether as students, athletes, musicians, or community volunteers. Colleges also like test scores but, by and large, that is not a big deal for another year or so.
Sign up with a Scholarship search engine. Students in Washington should sign up with The WashBoard. They allow you to set up your own profile and search for local Scholarship. There are other National Merit Scholarships search sites out there, too. Take a little time to find the ones that work best for you.
The girls have been evaluated at or above grade level. Because all the children are present, the younger ones are exposed to what is being taught to the older ones, preparing them in advance. All four girls have lively imaginations and find creative ways to entertain themselves since they rarely watch television, a theme often mentioned when talking with home schooling families.(personal communication, February 8, 2003).
For those of you who don’t know what the NMSQT is, it is scholarships that students can qualify for when they take the PSAT in the fall of junior year. It stands for National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is quite difficult to receive this standing and in addition to winning students money for college it also puts them ahead of the competition in applying to schools. Many parents of sophomores go into panic when their children receive scores below the fiftieth percentile. What should be kept in mind is that this is a test for a junior and it will naturally go up next year because of one more year of maturity and learning. However if scores are very low, parents can begin to plan for what kind of preparation they will want their child to have before taking it and the SAT in junior year.
There are many different ways to finance a college education. Don’t let money stand in the way of preparing for the future. Seek out grants and scholarships that don’t have to be paid back to pave your way.