This is a page with updates about upcoming scholarships, websites, applications, and deadlines. I have also included links to other helpful websites. Check back often because there are always more scholarships to find and apply for! ---Mrs. Krim
FAVORITE College and Scholarship Blogs.
1. To and Through College
This is my blog, and I write about all sorts of topics relating to college: which courses to take, career exploration, scholarships, choosing a job, and so much more. Basically, I tell students that I'm writing out ideas and tips on a weekly basis to help MANY students--but that if I could sit down with them for 15 minutes--I'd tell them the same thing. Don't miss the chance to read it, and become your own expert on college!
2. Study Hacks
One of my favorite student blogs because it covers topics that include study skills, deep thought, choosing a career and other subjects relevant to any high school students. The blog is written by Cal Newport, a Computer Science Professor at Georgetown University. Every time I read it, I am inspired to work and learn in a more focused manner. I hope that you discover the same thing for yourself! Be sure to explore the blog, especially the older posts which focus on student success. (Check out his books, too!)
3. The UVa Admission Blog: Notes from Peabody
The Dean of Admissions writes this blog, and it is focused on the admissions process at the University of Virginia (UVa) specifically. However, even if you have no intention of going to UVa, it is a wealth of information about the admissions process.
4. PrepScholar Blog Prepscholar runs this blog separate from their money-making test prep company. Basically: you get loads of great information for free. The most helpful posts relate to ACT and SAT prep, which you access by scanning down the page to the section where there are tabs on the side that read "Posts by Topic". Check out the posts relating to test prep, and especially those with specific sections addressed. NOTE: Click on the tile at the right side of the page titled, "ACT Prep". That will bring up 4 tiles underneath, each focusing on getting a perfect 36 in each subject. This is a great place to start--and don't rush reading these posts! Take time, apply them, and you'll really learn a great amount! Also--check out this link--because it links to the BEST PrepScholar Articles on each Subject (it's at the bottom of the post).
5. Step Up Utah This website is run by the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA). StepUp will have ALL the state's information on preparing and paying for college in one place, under one name. It's a great resource from the State of Utah. I'd encourage you to check it out...and check back often.
FAVORITE BOOKS about College Readiness and Scholarship Searches.
***After perusing hundreds and books, these are the ones that are the most helpful as well as the best written. Seriously, take my advice and do not buy a book written by a committee. The writing is dry as powder, and you won't make it past the first chapter. Stick with great writers that are truly interested in this subject.
1. Countdown to College: 21 To-Do Lists for High School: Step-by-Step Strategies for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Graders. Author: Cheryl Riley.
This book is just awesome--it is concise and easy to read, and unbelievably helpful. It has to-do lists for each grade in high school, and every student (and parent) should have a copy to use! If you don't have a clue where to start (and even if you do), this book is an absolute MUST to making sure everything happens on the road to college. (Can you tell I love it?!)
Also...don't make the mistake of saying, "This is common sense stuff." Well..if it's common sense...are you doing it? Because if you aren't doing it, then you need a book to help you stay on track.
2. How to Be a High School Superstar: A Revolutionary Plan to Get into College by Standing Out (Without Burning Out) Author: Cal Newport.
This is a life-changing book. If it doesn't change the way you approach learning, studying, and living--then you haven't really read it. Really. It's that good. It's all about doing something different and meaningful to help you stand out on college (and scholarship) applications. And instead of approaching high school as a tortuous game of getting the best grades and high test scores, it will help you really love the process of learning and becoming a person worth admitting to a big-name school or awarding a top-dollar scholarship.
3. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner: The Secrets that Helped Me Win $500,000 in Free Money for College--How You Can Too! Author: Kristina Ellis.
A great book that is motivational and helpful. It's not a list of scholarships to apply for--it's the story of how one student really worked hard, applied, and won scholarships. You could wait until your senior year to read it (it would still help), but it's even better if you can read this book early on in high school. She shows that if you want to win scholarships, you need to apply to a ton of them, refine your application skills, and keep applying!!
4. The Perfect Score Project Author: Debbie Stier.
This book is half-manual / half-story of what TO DO (and even more important...what not to do) when approaching the SAT. I loved this book--especially because I was learning valuable information AND it read like a novel! You'll be motivated to study for the SAT (or ACT). Parents--you'll know how to navigate the standardized test with your child. Also--don't wait until junior year to read this book! Start reading it in your freshman or sophomore year. (But if you haven't read it and you are a junior, then read it NOW!)
5. Where You Go Isn't Who You'll Be Author: Frank Bruni
Wow. A great book about college. The author, Frank Bruni, a columnist for the New York Times, explains why students can be as happy, if not happier, attending a public state university or a small liberal arts college instead of a highly selective college. These public universities have many great attributes going for them that are unadvertised, and this book chronicles story after story of exceptional people that have been happy with their college education at unheralded places as University of Rhode Island, ASU, University of Hawaii and (gasp) community colleges!
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Hi! I'm the College Prep Advisor for DaVinci Academy! I love to help students prepare for college, apply for scholarships, and find the best possible path for each individual!
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