Many students run into financial troubles once they get into post-secondary and get hit with some major bills. It is easy in high-school to ignore the costs associated with post-secondary education, but we are here to tell you that the last thing that you want to do is ignore those costs. There are thousands of high school scholarships available in Canada each year and many of these scholarships go unclaimed.
Here are five reasons on why it is important to look for scholarships in high school:
1. Understanding the Cost of University
One of the most beneficial aspects of looking for scholarships in high-school is that you are able to get a clear understanding of how much your post-secondary education is going to cost you each year. It is a good idea to look at the costs associated with your post-secondary institution and create a budget worksheet before you begin your scholarship search. Get a step ahead of most high school students by knowing the costs of your schooling and creating a financial plan.
2. You May be More Involved in Extra-Curricular Activities
Many post-secondary students say that they have much less time to commit to extra-curricular activities and volunteer than they did in high school. It is a good idea to take advantage of the volunteer and extra-curricular activities that you have built up over the years and put that into your scholarship applications. One of the main criteria for many scholarships is your commitment to extra-curricular activities. Scholarship committees are looking for well-rounded students and high-school students have more time to ensure that their resume is full.
3. There Are Specific Entrance Scholarships Available at Each University
I recently wrote another article that highlighted some of the best entrance scholarships at specific universities. However, almost every school will offer some sort of entrance scholarships that are available for high-school students to apply to when they are entering post-secondary. Entrance awards are something that can only be applied for in the first year that you apply to the university; therefore, you do not want to miss out on those opportunities.
4. How To Access Scholarships That Aren’t Available to Current Post-Secondary Students
Scholarship committees LOVE to give out scholarships and awards to grade 12 students to help ease the transition into post-secondary school. There are more grade 12 scholarships available than any other age group or category and once you get into university the scholarship opportunities are more limited. Take advantage of the scholarships that were designed for Grade 12 students as there is no better time to win scholarships. It is also very likely that you have more time in Grade 12 to apply then you will when you get to post-secondary so if you do the work now you can save yourself a lot of time down the road.
5. Setting Yourself Up for Financial Success
Did you know it is possible to get your entire education paid for in Grade 12? There are some major awards that will pay for an entire four-year degree as well as housing costs. These awards are highly competitive, but there are thousands of other awards that can put a good dent in the cost of your education before you even get to university. Set yourself up for financial success by accessing the millions of dollars that are available to current high school students.
Hopefully this has convinced you to put in the time and effort that it takes to complete scholarship applications or has at least got you thinking about what scholarships might be out there for you. If you are interested in learning more you can head to our high school page for more information!