Seven tips to help you win those supplemental scholarships and job interviews:
At this time of year, seniors in high school who applied to college in the fall, (via an early action or early decision) may be considered by the colleges that accepted them for a variety of scholarships, especially if they ranked at the top of that college’s applicant pool. These supplemental scholarships are renewable for each of the four years of college, so they can add up to a nice amount. They often involve an additional resume and personal interview. The competition for these scholarships is keen. Here are a few tips to help those students who are in this situation and want to prepare themselves:
1. Review your resume and focus on giving detailed information about volunteer or leadership position you may have held. Colleges are increasingly paying attention to students’ ability to solve problems independently and motivate others.
2. Be sure to explain the hours per week and number of weeks per year that you participated in such activities. Colleges are interested in activities that mean a lot to you. They are not interested in whether you volunteered at the local soup kitchen for one afternoon, once every two years. They are interested in hearing where and why you have you committed a considerable amount of effort and how serious you were in those endeavors.
3. One way to recapture this information would be to re-use your Common Application activities list and clarify what you did during those activities. Usually, there is no limit to the pages you may submit so this is the place to explain what you accomplished. You can bet that the colleges and scholarship interviewers already have a copy of your Common Application, so you need to be ready to discuss it with any details listed on it.
4. More and more colleges value work you may have done for money. Whether you scooped ice-cream during the summer or babysat a neighbor’s child, be ready to talk about these activities.
5. Be sure to provide any information you feel will help the college get to know you better.
6. A common question they likely will ask: Why do you want to study business at our college? Be sure your answer passes the “global” test. In other words, if you can substitute another college’s name in your answer, you have not answered their question “Why us?”
7. Listen carefully to what the interviewer is asking. Rephrase their question to make sure you understand it. Take your time to answer it fully. Be ready with some questions of your own to ask them.