High School Seniors Checklist for this Summer

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To ensure you’re on the right track, here’s a list of what you should be focused on during the summer.

  1. APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Begin working on your scholarship search now, so this task won’t be on your to-do list once senior year begins. It’s important to remain persistent in your scholarship search. The more you apply, the more the chances to win so continue applying for as many scholarships as you qualify for. Start by applying for five scholarships a month. IOScholarships of the Week is a great place to start! Find new scholarship opportunities on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts. Our platform also offers a blog with financial education information and a Career Aptitude Quiz designed to identify the degrees and professions that best fit your skills.

  1. COLLEGE SEARCH

High school graduation will happen sooner than you think; keep working on your college search by researching colleges to add to your potential college and scholarship application list. Find fun ways to stay organized in your scholarship and college search. IOScholarships free organizer keeps your information in one place.  There are a lot of scholarships that you might be eligible for. However, it’s very easy to lose track of which scholarships you have already applied to and which ones you still need to complete.

  1. NETWORK AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Sign-up for your preferred colleges mailing lists and request admission information as it looks great for potential admissions. Decide whom you will ask for letters of recommendations and give them a copy of your resume, so they are aware of your skills and extracurricular activities. Also let them know important details such as the college you would like to attend.  Don’t forget to send out a thank you note to those counselors, coaches, mentors, and teachers who write you letters of recommendations. Sending out hand-written ones is a one-of-a kind great gesture!

  1. TREAT THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AS A PART-TIME SUMMER JOB

The more applications you submit, the greater your chances are of winning scholarships.  I treated the application process as a part-time job dedicating 15-25 hours per week. I figured if I spent two hours applying for a scholarship and won $1000, that was like making $500 per hour; an AMAZING part-time job!

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Summer College Checklist for High School Seniors