The Voice’s Easy Guide to Getting More Scholarships

Sangeet Brar

If you’ve ever applied for a scholarship, you know that it’s difficult. Sometimes, your stellar grades and community service hours aren’t enough. Sometimes, scholarship programs need something a little extra to show how well-rounded of an individual you are. However, don’t despair! The hair-wringing and the tears are over.

With thousands of California high schoolers vying for scholarships, The Voice has your back in helping you sweep away the competition and get as many college scholarships as you can. If you follow these five easy, fail-free steps to getting more scholarship opportunities, receiving that lovely sum of money will be a breeze.

  • Be Malala Yousafzai

Now, winning a Nobel Peace Prize whilst getting outstanding grades sounds rather difficult, but if you’re really dedicated to getting those merit-based scholarships, Yousafzai pretty much sets the standard. Seeing as Yousafzai herself can’t even go to Stanford without taking the SAT (unfortunately, her human rights advocacy wasn’t quirky enough for the institution), step one may not work with some of the more competitive scholarship programs out there, but this will definitely do the trick with some local Bay Area programs.

  • Write a New York Times Best-seller

It can’t be a trashy vampire romance novel – it has to be deep. And not The Fault in Our Stars deep; more like To Kill a Mockingbird or The Alchemist. It has to be a book that changes a generation – scholarships want to give money to people who have made an impact. Who says that can’t be extended to the literary world?

  • Start a nonprofit (must get shout-out from government official. The higher, the better)

Preferably, it must involve sending aid to Malawi and/or ending global poverty. Not too much to ask from a high schooler. If you get a little collaboration with the U.N. going, well, we’re talking some big scholarship money here.

  • Sharada Saraf ’16 demonstrates the bare minimum required to get a college scholarship.

    Become TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teen

With you being one of the many applicants with similar grades, goals, and extracurriculars as others, you have to stand out to scholarship programs. What better way to stand out from the crowd than being chosen as TIME’s most influential teen? I mean, you’re competing with Kendall and Kylie Jenner, so it should be easy, right?

  • Lift a community from poverty

Yeah, I know you have extracurriculars and academics, but do scholarship programs care? Nope. So following step number five is pretty standard among the competitors for scholarships in California; we know Pres is dedicated to ending poverty, but you have to do this yourself, otherwise you won’t seem well-rounded and versatile enough for scholarship programs. You do want that scholarship, right?

Hopefully, after following all these steps, you might finally be a slightly viable candidate for at least one scholarship. The Voice wishes you the best of luck but is not liable for any mental damages or loss of sanity during this process.