Many scholarship applications now open for the new year

A college education can be one of the biggest financial goals for many families. College scholarships can help finance the next chapter of your education. If you’re a high school senior preparing for your academic future, here are some things to remember as you research scholarships:

Give yourself plenty of time – start early

Pretty soon, senior year will speed right passed you and your senioritis might take into effect. Before you become too overwhelmed with senior year activities and other academic deadlines, plan out some time to research college scholarships and application requirements.

Throughout your research, you might notice you’re just on the cusp of a GPA requirement – fortunately you still have an entire semester to turn your grades around before submitting your final transcript. Other applications may require a letter of recommendation, which will require ample time for you to choose the best references among your teachers, counselors or coaches, and then allot writing time.

On top of completing all application requirements, it never hurts to have additional time to proofread before clicking “Submit” – having an extra set of eyes look over your submission can be extremely beneficial. These are a few of the many reasons it’s crucial to start your scholarship application process early.

Don’t sell yourself short

The scholarship application process can be competitive but this should not discourage you. You may encounter eligibility requirements that seem too difficult to meet, but this does not mean you should avoid applying. If you catch yourself feeling discouraged or overwhelmed throughout your research, try looking over your academic accomplishments, community involvement and resume.

By doing so, you’ll find that you may, in fact, have more to offer than you think. All of your extracurricular activities, volunteering experiences and professional skills are unique to you and should be expressed in your application. So be sure to stay positive and be ambitious with your scholarship search.

Your application search can be local

Travis Credit Union is dedicated to helping our members achieve their financial goals. This is why we proudly offer scholarships to our college-bound members each year. If you are a high school senior and will be attending college in the fall of 2018, you may be eligible for our Mary Keith Duff Memorial Scholarship. This year, we will be awarding twenty $2,000 scholarships to qualified applicants and we encourage all of our young members to apply.

For scholarship guidelines and eligibility requirements, please visit www.traviscu.org/scholarships. Don’t wait – application deadline is March 5, 2018.

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