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College Scholarships: Get the Funding Facts

Studying alone to achieve the perfect GPA for your dream college is daunting enough as it is and then comes the other question of covering your tuition fees. College News have teamed up with the COO and Co-Founder of OneClass, Kevin Wu, to spill the tea on the different types of scholarships, the best student resources, interview tips and most importantly the secondary perks of scholarships.

What steps can students make to help reduce the costs of attending college?

Don’t limit your search to scholarships, bursaries and grants provided by your school. There are countless available that you can find on the web and the only cost to you is your time. Make sure to perform well academically so that you’re presented with greater scholarship opportunities as you move along college.

While in school, search for side-hustles that don’t require regimented time commitments. That is, jobs that grant you a flexible schedule. Jobs like driving around for Uber, Lyft, becoming a note-taker. You don’t want to place yourself in a position where a job takes precedence over your studies.

What different categories of scholarships are available to students?

There are enough categories of scholarships to run the gamut of possible student segment in college. Of course you can always find scholarships in the primary categories: needs-based, merit-based, school-based etc., but you can also find scholarships for athletes to scholarships for those pursuing studies in a field related to the grocery industry. There is no shortage of scholarships available.

Are there any scholarships that cover the entire cost of tuition fees?

There are scholarships that cover the full tuition of a student for a year; some even cover the tuition for all four years in college. The Cameron Impact Scholarship is one of them. Keep in mind, however, these are the most sought after scholarships, so competition will be high. They’re also commonly rewarded to the most academically driven students that are able to tie academics with extra-curricular activities while maintaining top-of-class credentials.

What are the perks of an athletic scholarship?

College athletes awarded with athletic scholarships commonly enjoy partial to full tuition coverage. The benefits don’t stop there: meal stipends, room and board coverage, student fees exemptions, physiotherapy coverage and college admissions are lenient for student-athletes in some cases. According to NCAA, more than 150,000 student-athletes receive $2.4 billion in athletic scholarships each year from NCAA member colleges and universities alone.

If you’re not a fan of being on the field, how can an esports scholarship benefit your years at college?

If forfeiting late-night gaming for academic success wasn’t ever in a student’s game plan entering college, it could be a good idea to make the most of your choices by applying for an esports scholarship and lean on some that partially cover your tuition. The average esports scholarship averages $4,800 in tuition awards according to the National Association of Collegiate Esports. As esports continue to grow, scholarship funding will only increase and more scholarship options will become available.

How can students assess the long-term financial impact of different colleges?

Students should seek out a college budget template and fit in expected expenses and extrapolate those figures across all four years to get a clear understanding of how much money that will come out of their pocket by the time they’re done for every school. This will also give them a good idea on how much they will be expected to pay back in student loans. Tuition plus expenses will vary depending on the school and the location of the school, so check with your school’s website to get exact figures.

Is there a limit on how many scholarships you can apply for?

No. There are only two things that can stop an applicant from applying for scholarships: a lack of trying or a desire to do something else. Stay motivated and keep applying because billions of dollars in scholarships are unclaimed every year.

What are your recommendations for keeping track of applied to scholarships?

Keeping track of the scholarships you applied for doesn’t have to be fancy. All you need is a calendar marked with upcoming dates of every deadlines, interviews and announcements after every application. It would be wise to reserve time on your schedule for interview preparations as well.

What are the best resources for finding scholarships that are applicable to you?

The best method of finding suitable scholarships for you are to search for scholarship directories. We put together some of the most well-scholarship directories here.

Do you have any tops tips on preparing for scholarship interviews?

Be mindful of what qualities the scholarship committee is looking for in their scholarship recipient. From there you should wrap the narrative of your biography and accomplishments to be coherently aligned with those qualities. Your presentation should be personal. Don’t be afraid to allow your idiosyncratic qualities shine because scholarship committees like students who naturally embody the highest standards in the qualities they look for.

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See Also:

The Dos and Don’ts of College Interviews

Common Interview Questions & How to Answer Them

Applying For A Post Graduate Degree

Dr. Sherry Benton on Mental Health Support at College

Dr. Sherry Benton on Mental Health Support at College

If you’re a college student and you’re struggling with mental health, you’re definitely not alone. College News got advice from an expert.

With a recent research study showing that one in five university students are affected by anxiety or depression, the pressure on campus facilities is high. College News discussed the problem with Dr. Sherry Benton.

Dr. Benton is a psychologist and mental health care administrator with over 22 years of experience. She is also the founder of TAO Connect—a digital platform that functions to make mental health recovery treatments easily accessible.

College News: How can college students reach out about mental health struggles?

Dr. Benton: Most campuses have a counseling center, counseling service or psychological services. Find your campuses service and learn about their programs and services. Typically, they offer a range of options.

CN: What kinds of mental health support facilities should students be looking out for when applying for colleges?

DB: Ideally, campuses should take a campus wide, comprehensive approach—including prevention, resilience training, counseling, groups, bystander education programs and other services. The Jed foundation, “Jed Campus” program works with a campus over a four-year period to insure the campus approach to mental health, substance abuse and suicide, are comprehensive and well-coordinated. Jed Campus designation is an excellent way to insure a campus has taken these issues seriously and thought out the best approaches for them.

CN: What are the most common and the most effective ways to deliver mental health therapy?

DB: Different people have different needs and respond to different approaches. Traditional face-to-face individual psychotherapy is the most common and best known. However, research has shown it is not more effective than group therapy or internet based cognitive behavioral therapy for many common problems. Many people also find self-help or apps effective for them.

CN: Do you think that students do not receive enough mental health help at college?

DB: I think most universities work very hard to meet the need, yet providing psychotherapy is really expensive and often difficult to access everywhere not just in universities. Using effective models such as stepped-care can help campuses to stretch limited resources to provide more help to more students. In stepped-care, students are quickly assessed and then begin with a level of help likely to be helpful. Progress is monitored regularly and students can be moved to more intensive or less intensive levels of help depending on their responses.

CN: How can campuses raise awareness and take a proactive approach to mental health?

DB: Campuses can raise awareness through the following: educational campaigns, resilience training in freshman orientation classes, bystander education programs like Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) or Kognito, education programs through Greek houses, residence halls, athletic departments, clubs and organizations.

CN: Are there exercises that students can practice on their own to help improve their mental state?

DB: Mindfulness meditation is something everyone should do. The many health benefits and mental health benefits would suggest that daily meditation should be as consistent as brushing your teeth. Another option is TAO Connect, which provides students access to its self-help courses whenever they want, without having to make an appointment to see a therapist.

CN: What is TAO Connect?

DB: We are a suite of online tools for mental health screening, assessment, patient education, skill development and progress monitoring. TAO can be used as self-help or with a therapist or case manager. TAO’s materials are interesting and engaging with actors in scenes, animations, interactive exercises and journaling.

CN: How can students take advantage of TAO Connect?

DB: There are 120 colleges in the US and Canada offering TAO’s programs to students either as self-help or through their counseling center. Contact your counseling center to find out if your school subscribes to TAO.

Further reading:

You’re Not Alone: Facing Loneliness In College

How To Conquer Exam Anxiety?

College Experience

How to Learn More from Your College Experience

College isn’t just a stepping stone towards the start of a fulfilling career, it can be one of the most exciting times of your life. During your time there, you’re given multiple opportunities to cultivate a deeper understanding of an area of study as well as explore additional interests, meet interesting new people, and get to know yourself a little bit more—but you need to actually take those opportunities in order to make the most out of college.

This is how to learn more from your college experience:

Drop by events and seminars on campus

Guest speakers are always invited to college campuses, and a majority of the time they talk about some pretty thought-provoking topics! Whether a speaker is giving a lecture or an informative seminar about a social cause, you will unquestionably walk away from their event having learned something new and enlightening. Professors often offer extra credit for attending seminars as well, giving you the chance to boost your grade, too.

Study abroad if you have the chance

You can read a thousand books on a different country and come to learn everything about it, but doing so can never compare to the enriching experience of actually living there. Not only do you get to embrace a different culture when studying abroad, you can learn a new language, become more open-minded to another society, and even leave with a pen pal or two. Furthermore, living in a different country forces you to be independent and adapt to unexpected challenges, which can be very rewarding for your personal development.

Take classes you’re curious about

Besides dedicating most of your time to major studies, take classes that ignite your curiosity or simply sound fun. College is a time of self-exploration and discovery, and doing so through classes outside your major is a great start. You never know what might become a favorite new passion or an area of study that perfectly complements your major. Who knows, you might even switch to an entirely different major!

Talk to professors during office hours

A professor can be one of the coolest people you meet during college. You would be surprised at what life knowledge they can share besides helping you out with last week’s lecture. These people were once students like you and can offer insight on how to tackle the college years and even direct you to possible internships and professional opportunities. If you’re beginning to network, start with building the foundation of it with your professors.

Interact with different groups of people outside your social circle

Your main social circle shouldn’t be the only group of people you hang out with during college. Don’t be afraid to become friends with foreign exchange students, join campus groups who share your same interests, and network with classmates – these are individuals who can become your lifelong friends, teach you important lessons, or help you take steps forward in your career.

Act responsibly

Parties are going to be a big thing in college, and they may become events you attend every other weekend or so. Have fun by all means! But act responsibly and aware during your time at one. Watch your alcohol intake if you’ll be drinking, be cautious when exposed to drugs, and keep an eye out for your friends if you get separated. What matters the most at a party is the fact that you are safe, comfortable, and having a great time! By acting responsibly during a party, you learn how to take care of yourself, watch out for your friends, and develop good judgment skills.

During college, you will meet an incredible diversity of people and learn about their different backgrounds, be given endless opportunities to learn more about this world, and come closer to knowing who you are. At the end of the day, you are the one who determines whether or not college can be an amazing experience – so make it count!

Further reading: Exploring Campus

Trevor McDonald is a freelance content writer, currently writing on behalf of Ohio Addiction Recovery Center. He’s written a variety of education, travel, health, and lifestyle articles to share his experiences with the world. In his free time, you can find him playing his guitar or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.