The fifth month of the year means that summer vacation is just around the corner. You may be taking SATs, ACTs, or AP exams. If you are a high school junior, you are probably working hard to end the year strong so you can put yourself in the best possible position for the admissions process. Another great way to end the year strong is to apply for some May scholarships!
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- How to win May scholarships
- May checklist for students
- Frequently asked questions
- Additional resources for students
How to win May scholarships
May is an important time as the school year draws to a close, and you’re beginning to think about the next one. Financial aid and scholarships are a big part of planning for school, so you should start applying! Make sure you’re acing your final exams, and try to get peers, mentors or your family to take a look at your scholarship essay. Some of the ways you can make your application stand out are:
- Starting your essay off well
- Highlighting your skills on your resume
- Ending your application on a positive note
May checklist for students
High school seniors
- Even though “senioritis” may be kicking in, it is important to end your year strong! Colleges will require end of year transcripts and low grades will not be well-received.
- Remember, there are many people who have helped you get to this point. Write a written thank you note to your recommenders, guidance counselor, and mentors–they will certainly appreciate it!
- In a few short months you will be college students! Being a college student means more independence, but also more responsibility, particularly financially. If you don’t have a bank account, now is the time to start investigating options for a savings and checking account.
High school juniors
- Make sure that you secure your letters of recommendation! Here are some tips for getting the best possible recs from your teachers.
- Demonstrated interest is a factor for many colleges in the admissions process. You should learn more about how to demonstrate interest (and which colleges require it).
- One of the best tools for financial aid is the Net Price Calculator. Before the end of junior year, sit down with your family and complete the Net Price Calculator for some colleges on your list. This will give you a good estimate of the need-based financial aid you can expect to receive.
Frequently asked questions
Is May too late to apply for scholarships?
How do I improve my chances of winning a scholarship?
Additional resources for students
- Top summer scholarships
- Top scholarships for high school seniors
- Top STEM scholarships
- No essay scholarships
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