It’s never too young to start searching for scholarships for your children. You could even start as early as kindergarten, according to the publisher of the two biggest scholarship search sites, FinAid and FastWeb.
Knowing the types of scholarships available can help prepare your child to be eligible for them.
Most scholarships go to children winning spelling bees. Since there are many throughout the year, you can enroll your children annually. You can prepare them by reviewing spelling words from all years leading up to the current grade your children are in school as well as the ones in the next two years. That way, if your children make it to the end, they will be ready for the much harder ones to make the win.
These competitions are much like spelling bees. You can usually find them more for children in middle or high school though. Review all of the geography information your children have learned up to the point they are in school, as well as some of the much harder ones. The more your children know, the more of a chance they will have of winning.
Inventions or Special Talents
Some organizations will offer scholarships to students who have a great inventions or special talents. Encourage your children to explore what they are interested in, and if they come up with something you believe would be amazing to members of a particular organization, contact some to ask if they have any scholarship opportunities.
Where to Find the Scholarships
Besides contacting organizations your child may be of interest to, you can also check online for scholarships. While many of them will not allow an online application because it’s difficult to verify children are of age to apply, you can learn about scholarships and how to apply by visiting the sponsor or sending in an application via mail.
Your local newspaper is a great way to find scholarships for children. Businesses and organizations offering scholarships often advertise opportunities in the paper because it’s a good way to target the community.
Speak to your children’s school guidance counselor as well. Many schools receive information about scholarships and don’t pass along the information as well as they should. If you become much more connected with the guidance counselor, you’ll be sure to hear about the new ones as soon as he or she receives word of them.
Persistence Not Pressure for Scholarships
While you want your children to succeed by winning a scholarship, it’s not good to pressure them. Pressuring your children to win will only make them feel as though they are not good enough or haven’t made you proud.
The best thing you can do for your children is encourage them to do their best they can and congratulate them on how well they did, no matter if they won the scholarship or not.
This is your chance to instill something great in your children. They are watching how you don’t quit, how you always strive to do your best, and how much you love and care for them. Give them the encouragement and comfort they need, and they’ll take that with them forever.