Common Myths About College Scholarships
There are several misconceptions that students have regarding college scholarships. These misconceptions, or myths, are often the main reasons why students fail to even apply for most scholarships. Here are 5 myths about college scholarships and why they are simply not true.
You have to have a 4.0 GPA or be a top athlete to get a scholarship
Many students believe that if they don’t have perfect straight A’s or they aren’t state champion athletes then they will have no chance of getting a scholarship to go to college. This is far from the truth. There are several types of scholarships that don’t require a 4.0 GPA or for you to be an athlete at all.
For example the Michael Krochak Pre-Dental Scholarship only has a few requirements to apply, and neither require you to be a star athelete or have a 4.0 GPA. You are instantly eligible to apply if you have a 3.3 GPA or higher and if you are college junior currently engaged in pre-dental studies. You can read more about your eligibility here.
A scholarship can cause you to lose your other financial aid
This is often something that deters students from applying for scholarships. While it is important to read all the details of your financial aid, a scholarship will usually not affect it. As long as you are not receiving more money than your total tuition, scholarship like the Michael Krochak Pre-Dental Scholarship will have no effect on your financial aid.
Scholarships are too competitive
It can be easy to think that you will never get a scholarship because scholarships are just far too competitive. The truth is, with a compelling essay, or the right extracurricular activities, anyone can have a chance of getting a scholarship. There is always going to be competition, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put yourself out there and apply. The perfect scholarship is probably out there waiting for you.
Applying for a scholarship isn’t worth the time
You may think that all the time spent looking for a scholarship is a wasted effort. You might think that you can work your way through college and pay it off that way. While that is an option, working 40 hours a week and taking a full class load is a daunting task. A scholarship will allow you to spend less time working and give you the time you need to study, rest, and be able to enjoy your years of college. Applying for scholarships can be as easy as taking an hour each day to send in a few applications.
You have to be a senior to apply for a scholarship
Students often think you can only apply for scholarships during your senior year of high school. This is a very common misconception. The truth is that you can apply and be granted college scholarship from kindergarten all the way until your very last semester of college, and even sometimes later! Take the Michael Krochak Pre-Dental Scholarship for example. Our scholarship is awarded to one student who is currently a college junior and engaged in pre-dental studies.