Stay in school–cash injections for the low price of an essay

Future-proofing your education is worth it at the small cost of a little extra work.

With the year coming to a close, several scholarship winners have been announced. Students have applied, written essays, and key industry players have chosen scholarship recipients.

Geneva Rossman was the recipient of a $5000 scholarship from Alaska Airlines. According to Rossman, the application process for the Alaska Airlines scholarship was intensive and multi-tiered.

“The application process was pretty extensive,” said Rossman. “[It required] an online application, two letters of recommendation, GPA, general info, essay, [and an] interview process at Alaska Airlines Headquarters.”

Instead of funding a typical college ramen habit, the extra money can go towards things that really matter.

“The money will be going towards my tuition and helping pay off some of my student loans,” said Rossman.

From experience, Rossman believes there are some key points to consider when applying to scholarships that can greatly increase success rate. In addition to applying for many, several application techniques can increase the chances of getting accepted.

“Have some letters of recommendation prepared before scholarship season,” said Rossman. “You will have to write a new essay for every scholarship. There is no such thing as a general essay like everyone says.”

RAHS Counselor Katie Carper is in charge of helping students prepare and apply for scholarships. Even if college payment isn’t an issue, applying to scholarships can act as a safety net to cover unexpected expenses or permit a bit of financial breathing room. Even if the chances seem small, many are pleasantly surprised by what they receive from scholarship funders.

“They [scholarship funders] are people that believe in the mission of the scholarship,” said Carper. “Oftentimes it is to encourage students to enter a certain field.”
As for Rossman, looking to future opportunities is the next logical step. Rossman believes that accessibility in education is arguably one of the most important factors, and scholarships greatly contribute to this.

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