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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth La Porte

How to Successfully Get a Scholarship

Hi Everybody, Every newsletter, you'll find concise and quick tips about topics like applying to the UC's, financial literacy, and more.This week, I'd like to share what I know about scholarships There are millions of scholarships. That's the good news.  The not-so-good news is that they aren't always easy to find, they can be for as little as $250, and they can require a hefty dose of initiative to locate.  While the big sites, such as the College Board's Scholarship Search, and feature lots of scholarship options, they can seem impersonal, and, not to mention, overwhelming. Here's my advice: 1. Go school-wide. Scholarships are given by alumni and nearby businesses, and the career and counseling centers should be able to provide you with them. Here's an example of school-wide scholarships from Encinal High School in Alameda. 2. Go local. Civic and religious organizations, such as the Northern California Jewish Community Foundation College Scholarship, give out generous  scholarships, and they draw from a smaller pool than national competitions.  Other Lamorinda scholarship resources:

3. Ask your employer.

Many companies fund scholarships for the children of their employees; here's a good example one: Kaiser Permanente Scholarships.

The criteria for these sponsored scholarships vary, but generally they include:

  • Academic achievement

  • Extracurricular activities, community involvement and demonstration of leadership

  • University or college of acceptance

  • Applicant's statement of goals and aspirations

4. Just apply!

To successfully get a scholarship, your teen simply needs to nominate themselves and apply.  Some require a simple application, while others may require letters of recommendation, transcripts, or essays.  But, it's well worth it.  For help identifying scholarships, let us know. 

5.  The College Essay Workshop, Lafayette Library, July 29-Aug 11, 2019 We're offering a practical, innovative College Essay Workshop, July 29-Aug 11, designed to benefit students who work well in a focused, supportive, small-group environment and who are motivated to complete their college essays before school starts.  Conveniently located in Lafayette Library’s Oak Room, the workshop meets on:

  • Monday, July 29, 10am-2pm

  • Friday, August 2, 10am-2pm

  • Saturday, August 10, 10am-2pm

  • Sunday, August 11, 10am-2pm

Students will:

  • Review successful UC, Common App, and Supplemental essays and learn what works and why.

  • Brainstorm topics and engage in a fun writing exercises designed to bring out their natural voice and personal style.

  • Work in teams and receive whole class and individual feedback and support.

  • Be able to complete their UC and Common App essays before school starts.

Call 650-766-0969 to register or email us for more information. Enrollment is limited to 12. Sign up with a friend, and you'll both receive ten percent off the cost of tuition. Tuition: $875

Thanks for reading, and please forward to a friend!

Liz ___________ Liz La Porte is an experienced college counselor and credentialed high school English teacher whose students acceptances include Stanford, Harvard, UCB, Duke, Columbia and others. After graduating from Acalanes High School, she attended Swarthmore College and UC Berkeley. Liz founded La Porte Education Advising in 2011 and has since helped hundreds of families successfully navigate the college admission process. (650) 766-0969 Copyright © 2019 Liz La Porte All Rights Reserved

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