Top 5 Scholarship Application Mistakes

  1. Only applying for private scholarships
    Most people think of scholarships as something offered by a private organization, but did you know there are federal and school scholarships as well? Don’t count those out!
  2. Applying for too few scholarships
    Getting lots of small scholarships adds up. Smaller scholarships are often less competitive, so you have better chances of winning an award
  3. Not following instructions and other application mistakes
    Always double-check your work, or even better, get someone else to look over your work. A second pair of eyes can help catch careless mistakes.
  4. Not paying attention to deadlines
    Missing a deadline is the biggest mistake you can make. Apply before the deadline hits. It really doesn’t pay to procrastinate.
  5. Looking for scholarships for only a few weeks
    Start your scholarship search as early as you can, as that means more time to complete applications and earn scholarship awards.

Gwen Durrett Memorial Scholarship

If you are a female graduating senior that lettered in a sport, you are eligible for the Gwen Durrett Memorial Scholarship.

This year’s recipient will be receiving $2000.00.  Applications are due Aprip 15th.  See the scholarship newsletter for more information.

Attention Seniors!

If you meet the requirements for the Excellence in Civics diploma seal, please turn in your documented 50 community service hours to the School Counseling department as soon as possible.

Also, don’t forget to turn in all college acceptance letters and scholarship offers to Mrs. Minor in the School Counseling Department to be included in College Signing Day by April 15th!

Autism Society Central Virginia Scholarships

The Autism Society Central Virginia (ASCV) is pleased to offer three types of scholarships for 2018.  Qualifying households and/or individuals may apply for any or all of the following scholarships.

  •  Recreational and Social Scholarship – award of up to $300 annually per individual on the spectrum
  • Education Enrichment Scholarship – award of up to $300 annually per household holding current ASCV membership
  •  Membership Scholarship – award of up to $25 annually per household
    More information and applications can be found here

Scholarship Myths

Myth 1: You need a 4.0 to earn scholarships

Some scholarships are open only to students with exceptional academic records, but there are so many more that are for those who have certain interests or hobbies, plan on working in a certain field or are involved with volunteer or religious groups. Many awards don’t have an extensive list of qualifications and only require you to live in a certain state or attend a certain high school. Some are open to everyone and have no requirements at all.

Myth 2: Scholarship applications take too long

Some awards require you to write an essay, create a five-minute video, submit recommendation letters and fill out a lengthy application. However, not every scholarship has extensive application requirements that will take days to complete. There are plenty of easy awards, which require you to just enter your information for a chance to win. Keep in mind these aren’t the only ones you should apply for; typically, the easier an application is, the more competitive the award will be.

Myth 3: Only high school seniors can apply for scholarships

This myth keeps too many eligible high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors from applying for scholarships every year. Students need to start thinking about paying for higher education as early as possible, which is why they should be applying for scholarships throughout their high school years, not just once they start applying to college.

Myth 4: I won’t win because scholarships are too competitive

Some scholarships receive hundreds of thousands of applications, especially if they’re well-known awards that don’t have very specific eligibility criteria. Give them a shot and apply, but don’t neglect smaller, lesser-known, or local awards. You may think it’s a waste of time to write an essay for a $1,000.00 scholarship that’s open to students from your city, but if few people apply your chances of winning are much higher.

Myth 5: Great students don’t need to apply for scholarships

Students who do well academically still need to apply for scholarships. Organizations aren’t actively looking for high schoolers with great graders to give scholarships to—they’re looking through applications and going from there. Don’t assume that grades alone will be enough to get you an awards without any effort. Filling out scholarship applications is still the best way to increase your chances of winning money for school.


Zdunek, Jessica. “6 College Scholarship Myths to Steer Clear Of”. US News. U.S. News & World Report, 21 Jan. 2016. Web. 11 Feb 2016.