Most families would like their students to win scholarships, even if they can afford to pay for university. Free money is free money, after all. And while it might be a myth that billions of dollars in scholarship monies go unclaimed every year, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t lots of opportunities for students to access scholarships. We know that searching and applying for scholarships can be a daunting task, so here are a few ways that parents can help their students with scholarship applications.
Help them search for scholarships
Helping with the search can be a much appreciated first step. Use Google or other search tools to navigate the many available scholarships. Check the awards page at your student’s prospective university, watch the local news, and keep an eye out for correspondence from their high school counsellors.
Help them organize their scholarships
We always recommend having a family Google Doc for applications and the same should be said about scholarships. Help your student set up a place where they can keep information about the scholarship requirements, deadlines, and other necessary information. Not only will this help them stay on track, but it’s an easy way for everyone to stay on the same page.
Help them brainstorm and edit their scholarships
While it’ll be up to your student to write their scholarship essays and fill in the applications, you can always help by offering to help them brainstorm or proofread their work. If your student needs a bit of extra help with the brainstorming and editing process, our writing coaches are always available to help!
Help remind them about their scholarships
Your students have lots going on right now between their academics, extracurriculars, and university applications, so giving them gentle reminders about scholarship deadlines might be a helpful addition this time of year. A neutral text or message about upcoming due dates can help serve as a reminder without having to feel nagging.