How to Find a Scholarship Workshop

How to Find a Scholarship Workshop

September 16, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Alright. So we’re gonna go ahead and
get started. So hi everyone, how are you doing? Enjoying the cookies so far? Pretty good? Okay. well, you can help yourself to more. My name is Casey Lukszo. I’m the coordinator of
Transfer and Off campus Student Life So I want to welcome everyone for a
very informative presentation. We are really excited to have some partners here to present
and to give you guys some really good information about how to find a Scholarship
Who wants a scholarship? who wants free money alright
necessary for school right There’s actually really big need 64% of
transfer students at UMD indicate that they have some concern about how to
finance your education so if you’re feeling that way you’re definitely not
alone and hopefully this information will give you some information to kind
of get the ball rolling and give you lots of good ideas about how to find
scholarships okay so just a couple things for introductions first of all I
would like to introduce our esteemed panelists who will be with us today so
first of all we have Dr. Leslie Brice who’s from the national scholarships
office will be presenting a little bit of information about some of the federal
national scholarships that you all can apply for and we also have Crystal and
Matt will be joining us and those are student representatives that are going
to talk about their experiences as a student applying for scholarships and
giving you some tips and at the end of the presentation Jeff and I will give a
little bit of information about some upcoming scholarship opportunities we
have and then we’re going to open up for lots of questions and answers so start thinking about any
questions you might have unfortunately our contact for
the office of financial aid could not make it today so we’ll be sharing just a couple
additional resources our – Oh on
her behalf so well she’ll be here Melina thank as well from the Office of
Financial Aid (um) The last thing I did want to mention is that we are actually
gonna be recording the session for all the students who maybe couldn’t join us
today so just you know keep that in mind so without further ado we actually have
Malina here so hi so my name is Malina I’m with the
Office of Student Financial Aid Today I’m gonna be talking about the different
types of scholarships that you should be focusing on because really right now
because the tuition there’s a tuition hike and then in terms of financial aid
you’re not going to receive everything to cover the the financial gap or your
financial need is what we we call it so your focus really is to make sure that
you are going outside beyond your school to actually apply for private
scholarships and that’s how you actually will be able to get some aid to
cover up the gap so the types of scholarship that you need to be certain
obvious there’s academic merit which is typically linked to the admission
application or your departmental once you confirm your major you can talk to
them and then see if there’s any merit aid scholarships there are also outside
scholarships that is based on merit as well but not all outside scholarship or
based on merit there’s athletic ability, field of studies
ethnic background religious affiliation as well as special interest
so those are the some of the types of private scholarships in terms of what
your you’ll be looking at and some that you may qualify so preparing for an
application what you want to do is I know it seems very simple if you look at
this it’s probably information that you can find online but I cannot stress the
fact that the information is there but students aren’t taking the step to
actually apply for the scholarships and then you’re asking where am I going to
get the scholarships it’s kind of like you want to win the lottery but you’re
not going to buy the ticket so you’re never win the lottery same concept so
what you want to do is to make sure you are following directions on
the scholarship application list all activities and honors
that you’ve received Neatness and grammar does count so make
sure you proofread your information make a copy of the application that you’re
submitting to make sure that you have a copy so that you can give them a call
and follow-up meeting the deadline is crucial if you miss the deadline even by
one minute your application is disregarded because
there’s a lot of other students who are applying for the same scholarships you want to choose references
that know you well so which mean that they know you personally because if they know you well
they’re gonna be able to write you a very very well-written recommendation
you can absolutely tell if you’re sitting there reading a college
application you can tell where the recommendation person who wrote the
letter know the candidate and where they don’t because there was just be plain
old ordinary letter that’s just being sent in proof your application or essay
so make sure you proofread all of your essays managing scholarships most
scholarships are Gift Aid but some have requirements so make sure you check out
the requirements understand all the terms and conditions before accepting
any awards make sure you read it sometimes they’re even financial aid
office there are scholarships where you are awarded but then you’re required to
do two years service before the awards turn into loans so you always want to make sure
that you read the terms and condition you want to know if the
scholarship is renewable do I need to do anything for
the following year many require completion of the
FAFSA application so we always recommend to
students to complete the FAFSA regardless of your income because
sometimes they just want that information understand how scholarships may impact
other aid so that’s very important to know
If you are getting outside scholarship it may impact your total Financial aid
packet that you’re receiving so always check with a financial aid
counselor and here are some of the tips
to save time and improve your odds of success what you
need to do is you need to apply for local scholarships I know everyone wants
to go for the national scholarships but that’s very hard to get and very
competitive so you want to focus more on your local community to see if they have
any private scholarship out there apply for scholarships with smaller Awards I
know students always think you know it’s only $500 why should I spent this much
time doing it but $500 adding couple five hundred dollars
will actually pay for your books you know the room or board so always
apply regardless of the amount that you’re receiving sometimes you’ll notice
that you know a lot of scholarships that have a smaller amount maybe not too many
people are applying to it so then it’s actually higher your chance of receiving
the funds more work equal fewer applicants equal better chance we know
that right so the more work you have to put in probably not too many students
want to go through all of that entire work so make sure you you pay attention
to that as well the more work you do the better chance that you’ll get
get personal when you talk when in your essay talk by yourself so that give them
something so that they can take away from that essay something about you
satisfy all of the requirements proofread again make sure you submit the
essay early or application early don’t wait until it’s you know 11:59 and
application is due 11:59 that will you know there’s a chance that maybe your
computer doesn’t work or something doesn’t work then you’ll miss out the
chance Apply for as many scholarships as you can this is not about applying to
fifteen scholarships no it’s not it’s about
applying to as many as you can I
have a students three years to go actually attending University of
Maryland who applied for I think up to three hundred something scholarships
application that she sent in and she actually did receive funding that fully
cover her cost of attendance so this I can tell and actually this is the only
one students that I worked with in 11 years that actually submitted three
hundred application but I mean it tells me that it does work but I know it
takes a lot of time but if you think about it this way if you work in
Starbuck eight hours you’re getting what eight dollars an hour I’m just making
things up but that’s $80 so you spend that eight eight hours and submit ten
scholarships you might get something back right and you might get $1,000
that’s still a better return of investment so you have to actually be
creative and think differently and then of course don’t give up because there
are a lot of scholarships out there and you do have to pay close
attention to what is valid and what’s not social networking tools I know we
all know about social work and social networking they’re all over the place
you know Facebook fan page we have Burger King for example we’ll announce
their scholarship on their Lincoln also have scholarships opportunity MySpace
page I never use myspace that I’m sure and Twitter for our office we use
Facebook and Twitter we try to post us many private scholarship as possible on
our website we are not very proactive right now because of our staff um but
you know look through those pages and it doesn’t have to be University of
Maryland go to Michigan Go to john Hopkins where-ever they post private
scholarships because you’re still eligible to apply does that make sense (student speaking) we tried to post scholarships it could
be a departmental scholarships state scholarships yes so we do we do try to
do our best in terms of giving at least 2 to 3 scholarships per week but
sometimes it’s very hard because we want to make sure that anything that we post
on there is valid so we have to do a lot of screening. I think it’s
office of student financial aid of University of Maryland and that yeah
I can’t remember exactly our University of Maryland offices of financial aid
have on my phone but I can’t remember just search the University of Maryland
financial aid or something like that and we are on Twitter as well I think it’s
@umdosfa that’s our tag name for Twitter so here are some of the
scholarship sources that I’ve listed that we’ve seen students use that are
successful so adventure and education scholarship search and we I can give you
this copy of power of the PowerPoint at the end so maybe I can send it and you
somehow give the information to students College Board scholarship search so this
is just a listing of all of the scholarships that search engine that you
can go and then you actually search for scholarships and
then you’ll notice that this is just a snapshot of what it looks like on your
left hand side most scholarships will allow you to create your profile so you
put in all of your information your GPA as well as you know what you’re good at
your hobbies could be tennis could be left-handed
whatever it is but believe it or not there are scholarships for left-handed
folks that is true I always thought it’s a myth but it is not a myth it is true I
think we have one for University of Maryland too so yeah so you can input
your criteria and whatever you want to bring out in terms of yourself you can
put all that information in the criteria you want to make sure you know when
you’re doing the search just be careful and that’s the only thing I can you know
I can say so much but you really have to be careful and then there’s also more
information about mapping your future it’s a really good website I’m gonna if
any of you have tried it before check that out there’s a lot of resources on
that website and here is the newer one único they just this one is one of the
newer scholarship app that we found that were useful we also the Office of
Student Financial Aid we have scholarships that are endowed fund and
we have the application for it so this is for University of Maryland students
if you have financial need you should go online complete the
application it is on our website so you’ll see on your bill OSFA
scholarships application scholarship spammed is one of the most
important you want to make sure you read the fine line and then also understand
the terms and conditions beware of guarantees what that mean is
you know if you pay me this much you’re guaranteed to receive one thousand
dollars of scholarships you should not have to pay for scholarships for
searching scholarship and for applying scholarships that’s the one thing you
need to put in your mind also make sure you read a little bit more to make sure
that your information is being protected and if you have any questions about the
process and the whether it’s a scam or not you can always go to the Federal
Trade Commission so there is a place where you can relax you know you can go
there and then get more information in terms of what is
scam and what’s not and also if you’re dealing with a scholarship vendor and if
you think that they are you know scamming students you can also report
that information to them they’re very good at it we’ve done that before and
they’ve caught the folks so yeah so you can go on this website there’s a lot of
information about the scam but my main point is you should not have to pay for
for applying for scholarships and that was the end of the PowerPoint I’ll stay
around to the end just in case anyone have any questions but really really I I
don’t know how else to say it if you don’t apply you’re not gonna get
anything you can sit here all day long you know all four years here you’re not
gonna get any scholarships if you don’t apply you have to take the step and
start searching and a lot of information is on Google I mean we have the internet
right it’s not like before you have to go to the Patterson book and try to
figure out what just go online everything is written to your finger
okay lots of great resources so thank you hi my name is Leslie Brice and I’m
really thrilled to be here and have the opportunity to speak to all of you first
of all let me just underscore everything that you said you know about apply if
you don’t apply you’re not going to get it and apply broadly oh this is on an
automatic sorry okay so you need to do the same for national scholarships it is
true that they are going to be more competitive the programs that my office
works with are exclusively national in scope and they tend to be more for
opportunities outside of tuition so these are going to be opportunities like
language learning research study abroad sorry thank you thank you and so I get a
lot of calls for tuition assistance and unfortunately we’re not able to help you
with that but we do like to talk with you regardless because it may be that
you do have interests in other things that we can be helpful to so that’s one
of the reasons why you know we encourage people to go to our website meet with us
connect with us but first of all before I start talking about national
scholarships do you know what that means have you heard of any national
scholarships think yes yes I’m going to talk about yes okay yes
in fact I’m going to talk about Gillman primarily and then I’m going to touch on
a couple of other programs that our office works with so these are
merit-based Awards okay some of them do have financial need
like Gilman but most of them are going to be exclusively merit-based they’re
going to be nationwide and they’re going to be more focused on helping students
achieve their their longer-term goals their objectives their interests in
helping students pursue their interests and they offer a lot of experiences so I
know the immediate need is is how to finance your education and there are
some that can help with that but they are very few
but on top of that making the most of your time while you’re at the University
and also thinking of ways to help you achieve your longer-term academic goals
as well as your professional goals if you know those so in terms of what these
programs are looking for the first thing is your academic strengths now not all
of them have a minimum GPA in fact many of them don’t but in any event GP is
only a start they’re looking more broadly more holistically at your
background they’re going to be looking to see if you’ve been challenging
yourself have you been pursuing research opportunities that that’s relevant for
you have you been pursuing interesting internships if you want to go to
graduate school in anthropology apology have you pursued an honors track in your
department or do a senior honors thesis in anthropology they’re looking for
students who have engaged in meaningful activities meaningful extracurricular
activities so it’s not a matter of how many things that you do it’s what you do
and they’re looking for people who tend to be pretty focused in that so again
it’s not quantity but rather the quality of your activities they should be able to determine what
you care about so if you’re applying for a program that I’m going to mention the
PPIA program it should be clear that you care about International Affairs
which is that what’s that what that program is about and you should have a
track record to make sure that you have been doing the kinds of things that will
support you in that longer-term interests so the first program I want to
talk to you about is the Gilman scholarship this is one of my favorite
programs to work on because I get to meet a lot of students and we do a lot
of outreach for this program and we do really well this is a State Department
program and they give about 3,000 scholarships a year up to $5,000 for you
to study abroad I’m a Mac person so that’s one little disoriented so the
Gilman program is designed to help students who have financial need meet
the cost of studying abroad and it will support study anywhere in the world as
long as it’s not in the State Department travel advisory warning list of
categories 3 & 4 so they won’t support a program in Iran for example as enriching
as that would be so it’s got to be a level 1 or level 2 country but outside
of that they’re very open and what they want to see is they want to support
students who can really benefit from an international experience and who will
use this experience to help them achieve their longer-term academic and career
goals in order to be eligible you do have to be a Pell Grant recipients
you have to have that federal financial need-based grant you do have to be a US
citizen at the time of application you have to be an undergraduate in good
academic standing now there’s no minimum GPA for Gilman if you are eligible to
study abroad you’re eligible for Gilman it has to be for either coursework or
for an internship an eligible credit-bearing internship for minimum of
three weeks in one country now there are some preferences they do look all things
being equal they do look at students who are going to diverse regions so they
will give some preference to countries outside of Western Europe Australia New
Zealand but that said we have a lot of our students who go to those regions
there as long as they can make a good argument for choosing these countries
they also get preference to students studying critical need languages so
those are languages like Arabic Russian Japanese Chinese and they will
supplement your study for up to an extra $3,000 so you could get a total of
$8,000 if you study Arabic and you want to go to Morocco to study they also get
preference to students in science technology and during mathematics fields
because typically those students don’t apply in numbers compared to other
fields and they also look very closely at first-generation college students and
transfer students and I can tell you we’ve had a lot of Gilman scholars over
the years and a lot of them were transfer students and that’s why I’m so
you know excited to be able to talk to you today because you are the kind of
students that Gilman is looking for and looking to support because they know
that you have a lot of wonderful things to offer and they want to give you
opportunities to cultivate those possibilities as I said they will give
up to $5,000 for an award I would say the average is more like 3500 but still
that’s not bad for a summer study abroad and you can use this money to pay for
the cost of the program that would include tuition your housing
travel they will write you a check directly so it bypasses the financial
aid office altogether and there is somebody in the financial aid office who
works with people applying for Gilman his name is will Thompson and he’s
wonderful our students do really well with this so
just to underscore your point you have to apply we with this program we track
how many students apply versus how many are eligible to apply and study abroad
and we found that half don’t apply for Gilman so they’re eligible to apply but
they don’t actually follow through with the application and there are a lot of
reasons for that people are busy and when I talk to them they all say well
you know the deadline just got here very quickly and we understand how that goes
you know I’m working two jobs I have to drive an hour and a half each way and
there’s only so much time in the day I’m taking a full load you know it’s you
know it’s it’s difficult so we encourage you to start early and we start doing
outreach months before an application deadline so you have that that breadth
of time to approach it more at a pace that works for you and we support you we
will sit with you from the very beginning up until you apply we’ll give
you feedback on your essays and and talk more broadly about your plans the
national acceptance rate for this program 30% we do 45% the so that just
gives you an idea of how strong and how well our students perform with this
program which is pretty competitive so in the last two years alone our students
have brought in over $250,000 now just to to go back to the point about making
it worth your time so this is piggybacking off of what you said
average award being about $3500 the cost for you to take out or do this zero
maybe six to eight hours of your time that’s not a lot of time for what you
can get now if you took out a loan and this is what people students tell me
when I ask them well what are you gonna do I’ll just go take out a loan I’ll
just take it on I hear that a lot and this concerns me when we look at
average interest rate 4.5% over average like the 20 years compounded monthly
what is that $3,500 become any I get any ideas from you though does anybody want
to make a reasonable guess that’s very close so I didn’t learn about compound
interest until I was in graduate school nobody told me about compound interest
so here I am I’m still paying back my graduate student loans don’t do this to
yourselves okay we want you to get out to you know get your job buy your house
we do whatever you need to do to get on with your life we don’t want you to be
bogged down with your loans especially when there is a State Department program
that can help okay application is isn’t hard it’s not easy
but it does require some time it’s online there are two deadlines a year
I’ll mention more about that in a moment there are two essays we will help you we
will give you feedback on these essays you’re about a page and a half single
space very manageable you do need to submit your official maryland transcript
and your prior institutions know letters of recommendation but that means it’s
really on you to advocate for yourself and explain to a committee why this
makes sense for you so depending on when you study abroad there are two deadlines
the early October deadline is for study abroad in the spring semester and then
there’s an early March deadline for programs in summer as well as fall and
academic year we do information sessions for both we’re always at the education
Abroad fair so if you’re interested in this please let me know and we can talk
about you know how it might make sense for you
and also you need to work with the education Abroad Office so there are two
processes that you need to do concurrently so you work with us to help
you with the Gilman and then you work with the Office of Education abroad to
complete your education abroad application now another program I want
to mention that because our students have done really well with is the public
policy and international affairs program this is a program for college juniors
who apply as a junior who are interested in international affairs and policy
those two are non-negotiable so you have to have that interest and care about a
career in public service and what this program does is it pays for a Summer
Institute at one of those five institutions and you are going to be in
a cohort of students who have similar interests and you will be pushed it is a
it is a competitive program and it’s a difficult program once you there we’ve
had students come back and say oh my gosh it was so hard but it was so worth
it I learned so much you get a lot of coursework and statistics like they give
you the analytical tools to do policy and to do international fairs work it is
a rigorous program cannot lie about that or sugarcoat that but our students do it
and they thrive and they go on to interesting things with something like
this in your experience it’s only going to really help you open doors in the
future and you know they pay for everything with the jump so you do in
your summer Institute but if you go to one of those institutions not all of
them I know that Carnegie Mellon I think University of Minnesota participates
they will help fund your graduate career for a two-year master’s degree so you
know looking ahead if this is the kind of program that makes sense for you I
really encourage you to think about it it is a rigorous program but it’s
enriching and our students who participated go on to do wonderful
things and they also like transfer students a lot and we’ve we’ve seen them
succeed in that program just very quickly I also want to mention the
Fulbright Program if you’ve done some study abroad if you have international
interests and if you can benefit from this program I encourage you to start
thinking about it now you you apply to do this at the earliest your senior year
and you do it after you graduate but the Fulbright Program just to back up for a
moment is another State Department program it is our nation’s flagship
institutional program to promote cross-cultural understanding it began in
1946 after World War Two and Senator Fulbright said hey we need to do
something to promote cross-cultural understanding and this program is more
important now than ever so here to our students do very well we outperform the
national average and it’s something that I want you to think about if it makes
sense for you it’s open to all US students who are US citizens who are
recent graduates and if you’re going to go into graduate school you could apply
then as well if you’re performing artists you could apply that way or even
as a young professional if you’re a recent graduate you can apply for this
and we work with students after they’ve been out four or five years
and it will provide an academic year’s worth of funding for you to study or
teach or pursue professional training in the arts there are two tracks for this
u.s. student program first is the study research track so this is something you
decide you design a research project so let’s say you’re doing an honours thesis
and government politics on China and you want to continue that you can write a
proposal to go to China and continue working and doing
search on that our students do that you could also apply to teach English now
the the second program operates in fewer countries the first one is in about 140
countries the ETA program is more about fifty countries or so it changes a
little bit from year to year but if you want to teach abroad you can do that
through this program and you don’t have to want to be a teacher in fact I would
say many of our ETA s don’t but they all have had some kind of teaching
experience whether it be as a teaching assistant tutor coach camp counselor or
something along those lines and again you know our students do really well
with Fulbright’s right yes I want to point out Mohamed he had a
Truman he had the PPIA he had a wrangle which is similar to PPIA he just finished
Fulbright’s no he’s still there he’s still in Morocco transfer student from
Hagerstown okay Barrett Wessel he just finished his year in Denmark transfer
student from Howard Community College and now he’s in the ph.d program here he
transferred in as an undergraduate then finished his his bachelor’s degree here
and then immediately enrolled in the ph.d program so he had a wonderful time
he gained a lot from the experience in Denmark
so here – you have to be US citizen you have to have a bachelor’s degree by the
time you start you do have to have sufficient language ability within for
the host country have to be in good health for the future just keep in mind
you can’t have your ph.d when you apply and some countries do not allow
dual citizens so one last thing I wanted to mention if this is this may be of
interest to some of you or people you know there’s a wonderful organization in
San Francisco called the educators for fair consideration it’s a non-profit
group that works on helping undocumented students pay tuition apply
for scholarships and stay in school and they do wonderful work I don’t know if
you can read the website here but www.e4fc.org I encourage you or your friends
anybody you know to go to this website if it makes sense for you they’re a
wonderful resource I saw them give a talk at a conference a few years ago and
I was just so impressed with them unfortunately we can’t work with a lot
of programs our office is 2-person so we can only work with above the 90 programs
we already work with but I still want students to be aware that these other
resources exist okay thank you hi everyone my name is crystal I work
for Casey at the transfer off campus student life and I’m gonna talk a little
bit myself and the scholarship that I applied to as well as what I write in my
essays to get these scholarships so I am a US citizen I’m also a Maryland
resident I came from Prince George’s Community College and now I’m at
University of Maryland I’m a female I’m also a minority that’s studying
mathematics so volunteer I during the winter and the summer I go to a soup
kitchen and Martha Cal Martha’s table in Washington DC I was also part of the
vintage voices at University of Maryland in which we won the Uni dukkha challenge
and I hope to have a job that is a direct relation to helping a cause so
one of the scholarships that I applied to every single year is the state
district senator and delegate scholarship so for the Senate
scholarship you only have to apply once but for the delegates with the apply
every year so I’m just gonna show you a little bit of how you can find out how
to get these scholarships so you go to this website right here we have and what
you do is it’s this page and what you do is you put your address in here this
isn’t my address this is actually to the tenren so they’re really good bubble
tea so you basically put it and then it’s gonna show you your elected
officials so you want to look at these guys right here your state senator as
well as your state delegate this is like the district you’re in and so all I did
was go State Senator James C Rosa peep scholarship on Google and this is his
scholarship website and then right here is actually the application website so
that is how you apply okay so like I said before you only have
like where am I going okay you only have one senator and you
actually have three delegates the really important part the reason why I
mentioned I’m a Maryland resident is because this only applies if you are a
Maryland resident because these are Maryland delegates and senators these
are actually your elected officials you can actually vote for them it’s also
important that you fill your past FAFSA on time the other point part is you do
need letters of recommendation you need either sometimes two the reason why I
say that is because I always say it’s good to give at least two weeks ahead of
time for someone to write your recommendation and for the delegates you
have to apply every year so what I write in my essay you want to write a little
bit about your past and your present so I come from a low socio-economic
household but my parents didn’t get a college degree I’m actually
first-generation college student it’s also you can talk about your minority if
you are women especially studying in male-dominated industry major I think
actually 6.7% of females actually graduated stem compared to the 17% of
males and also you want to talk about how you’re contributing back to the
community how you’re so different things and then you also want to write about
your future and how your college education will help you get a job that’s
going to be contributing back to the community so you can talk about for
myself I do want to be a public speaker I do an advocate for human life and the
planet may be run for office but I do want to say it is okay if you don’t know
exactly what you want to do just have an idea of what you want to do at the
moment and here are other ways to get a scholarship and money this is the
website we’re all state scale scholarships for
the state of Maryland it’s also good if you check your emails from your academic
counselor as well as your department they send a lot of emails to me all the
time which can be annoying but they do send ones with scholarships that’s
important and also you have to kind of get creative with googling part of what
I did last semester as part of my TOCSL job was I commute combine a whole bunch
of scholarships for transferring off-campus students so how I did it was
basically I did UMD and then I put in the major major of college for this
example is the college arts and humanities and I put scholarship and
then I think this is the first option you get if you’re put this in Google
this website I think one of the speaker’s said this before that small
scholarships are important to apply to because they do add up and it’s also
good if you work at the University of Maryland or other jobs yeah okay okay over here alright hey guys so my name is Matt and
I’m gonna be talking to you a little bit more about how you might want actually
go about writing here application um this is gonna be focused towards like
the essay part of the application which 99.9% of scholarships you apply to you
are going to have a writing portion this is important thing to think about so a
little bit about me first so I am also a transfer student I transferred from a
four-year college in New Jersey and now this is my third and final year here at
Maryland so graduating in a month I study
(laugh) so I study astronomy and planetary science and I’m recently got into
graduate school so I’m going for my PhD I’m out in New Mexico so I’ve kind of
done a lot of applications recently even if not for specifically scholarships
scholarship wise I’ve been fortunate enough to receive some from my
department the College of computer mathematical and Natural Sciences I also
serve as the president of an organization called tau Sigma we’re an
Honor Society for transfer students so if most or all you guys are transfers
maybe you’ve heard of us and I’ve you know gotten a scholarship from from that
as well if you have questions about that you can ask me afterwards or some other
time such as a little bit background about me and I’ve applied for a lot of
this stuff so hopefully what I talk about can make sense so I think this is
sort of already been said but you just gotta apply like if you look at
something and you say oh I’m not gonna get that you don’t bother applying
that’s not the mindset to have even if you think it’s a longshot
you just got to put yourself out there because you never know even if it’s like
oh it looks like this is a lot of work well maybe twenty other people think
that and don’t apply and you’re the one that does and so it’s really
important to kind of just get that in your head all right I’m just gonna do it
and it will give you practice even if you don’t get it practicing doing these
applications for the future okay so now talking about some of the things you
want to understand before you actually get into writing your essay so the real
basic thing like the first thing is what are these what is the scholarship you’re
applying to based on is it service and involvement is it academic they’re
merit-based diversity minority financial aid that kind of stuff because that’s my
like when you want to gear your essay towards so you know all of those things
are probably things that would appear in any of your essays for any scholarship
application but if it specifically says it’s based on academic merit maybe you
want to focus on the he’ll a bit more in your essay and have the other stuff kind
of be like supporting you know whatever your you’re focusing on so it’s gonna
have kind of help guide you where you want to go when you’re writing and kind
of keep that in the back your mind as you’re going through writing for this
application on a more specific level they’re also gonna have like specific
requirements or requests and that’s something else you want to structure
your essay based on so if they say how have you helped your community or
something like that make sure you address that even if you don’t have that
much to say at least acknowledge that they asked for that because you don’t
want to come off as like oh I ignored something that the application asked for
specifically because if you leave something out that could really kind of
hinder your chances of actually getting it but so those first two things are
kind of just familiarizing yourself with what exactly they’re asking for to help
guide where you want to go with your writing so now okay you want to actually
start writing your essay so a really easy thing to do is to just introduce
yourself or repeat whatever prompts they’re giving you there people who are
reading these applications are presumably going to be reading a lot of
them and so you want to try and get yourself to stand out so if you’re
starting out right away with introducing yourself presumably that’s information
that’s already in your application that’s probably the first thing you did
they know who you are ready and then repeating the prompts again that’s just
something that maybe a lot of people do and it’s easy to do
so you want to do is try and be more creative everyone has you know their
their story or all or most of us transfer students or some underlying
theme that maybe applies to your life or something you’ve you know the work
you’ve done to get to this point so you want to try and at least start out with
that and play on that and hopefully connect it to the main content of your
actual essay and if you kind of tie it all back together at the end so I tried
to come up with a very simple example so let’s say the prompt is something like
what makes you a great candidate for this scholarship will probably never be
that that’s pretty vague but so you know alright just to start off the essay as a
transfer student I feel I have a unique perspective on my college experience
starting anew at a school where I didn’t know anyone really motivated me to get
more involved and to work at making my time at UMD an overall success I think
this hard work is reflected by and then I could kind of get into the stuff
that’s relevant to the application so I sort of established like my story I’m a
transfer student and the theme of like okay this is something that’s impacted
my life in a positive way and it’s kind of driven me to do things I’ve done and
then I can start talking about why I think I’m actually a good candidate for
this and it only took a few sentences so maybe a better way to start than just
repeating whatever the prompt is or saying hello my name is Matt or
something however you don’t want to get too caught up in your own story and I
have an Asterix here unless that’s what they asked for I know that maybe sounds
a little contradictory but it very much depends on the actual scholarship so if
it’s something that it’s like merit-based so like you know I come from
a science background I just applied to graduate school they want to hear more
about like the research that I’ve done and maybe less about you know my life
leading up to this point but again so this one’s more you have to really
understand what the applications asking for so focus on why you’re good
candidate some of the other stuff that we talked about
academics community service accomplishments previous awards and then
your story is definitely gonna have like relevant information like if you’re
minority or you come from New York tough financial background but that might be
more like supplemental or supportive information that you can use to sort of
start and end your essay and then in the middle really talk about the stuff
that’s that’s gonna be crucial to what they’re looking for but again disclaimer
that really depends on how the prompt is worded and what what type of scholarship
it really is so this is kind of just a general a general thought to keep
throughout the essay when you’re writing showing is better than saying so I have
two statements here I’m really strong versus I bench 300 pounds so neither of
those statements are probably ever gonna appear in any application for
scholarships but I’m just trying to illustrate the point one of them they
both say that you’re strong but one of them actually proves it
now that goes as far as like do you want to believe that I can bench 300 pounds I
don’t know but that’s up to you but yeah the second statement actually
shows that you are really strong instead of you just saying that you are and so
if you apply that to some of your other things like you can say okay I do a lot
of good in the community all right well what have you done you can just it’s
easy to just say that but you got to kind of talk about what you’ve actually
done and and show that in the application so you want to be really
specific and make sure you you show them what you did rather than say what you
did if that makes sense this was a little more of suggestion and kind of a
personal thing for me so you can take this as you want most are all sto
writing portions of these scholarships are gonna have word limits or page
limits what I like to do is just ignore that the first time the first draft you
write because if you’re saying oh I know I only have 400 words maybe you don’t
include something that may be important for the application so the first to go
around you know you can just write freely just write to answer the question
and then if you end up going over the word count then afterwards you can
decide what’s most important what’s really important for the specific
question they’re asking and Whittle it down from there I have first in caps and
in red letters because really should be writing more than one draft or at least
writing one draft and then going back over it and proofreading it you don’t
want to just write it and then submit it without even kind of like a little bit
this one is is really up to you if you feel like this is something you’d like
you feel comfortable doing or if you feel better saying I know I have 500
words and just going from there that’s cool too but for me I guess I just feel
like I can write better without not thinking that I don’t have any
restrictions and I kind of adhere to that afterwards you also do want to make
sure that you hit the word count that’s just even if it’s only a few words over
it might not be a big deal to you but it just goes back just showing that you’re
giving them exactly what they asked for I’m in the application so yeah overall
you just want to keep it professional stuff like humor can really be a really
big risk especially in writing you know we’ve all been there where like maybe
you send a text and it’s supposed to be sarcastic and the other person doesn’t
get it then you just look stupid you don’t want to do that especially not in
the scholarship application and just in general spelling and grammar you know I
think that’s that should be something that everyone’s pretty aware of and
don’t necessarily write how you would speak or text like I’ll say I’ll tend to
say like wanna or gonna when I’m talking you could write the best essay in the
world but if you have a wanna in there that might just take you out of the
running right on the spot so really just double check for stuff like that and as
funny as I’m sure you all are probably avoid humor another big thing is once you do have an
essay that you feel comfortable with have a professor or an adviser read over it
these are people that have seen a lot of applications for a lot of different
things scholarships jobs admissions type stuff
whatever it is so it’s a really good resource so once you sort of go through
and feel like okay I think I have something here definitely bring it to
somebody like this and because they have a good
handle on what makes a good application and they’ll give you some tips maybe say
you know this around or they might even catch like a grammar or spelling mistake
that that you missed and lastly don’t leave it till the last minute we’ve all
crammed for a test or written a paper like the night before for 12 hours
straight and the quality of work suffers it really does so this is somebody that
you really want to try and get yourself to start early and even submit early if
only even to just prove to yourself that it’s important you know even if it’s
only like a couple thousand dollars whatever the scholarship is it can make
a big difference and so you really want to like make this a priority and and not
save all this writing and stuff like that so the last minute because
otherwise you know you might not put your your best your best quality work
forward so that’s all for me hopefully that was helpful very helpful
information Before we get to the Q&A portion Jeff and I are just going to
take a few minutes go over some upcoming scholarships that we have so
Jeff Kodisis gonna go first from the Office of Letters and Sciences
hello everyone it’s Casey just said I’m Jeff Kodis I’m actually the coordinator
for transfer student programs in letters and Sciences and I just very quickly
wanted to tell you about two scholarships that we have coming up the
deadline for both is May yeah May 31st both of them have the same qualification
so you can take a look at the qualifications here the eligibility for
them a little bit of background the Betty Beckley award Betty Betty was the
first director of letters and Sciences and we have the scholarship in her honor
now the letters and Sciences award is a separate scholarship that we have which
is an endowment from funds that we raise through our pre-law Fair every year and
so using these two separate sources of funds we honor we you know award a
couple different scholarships per year so be sure to go ahead
and take a look over there requirements we’re going to be sending out the slides
for this after today’s presentation so go ahead and take a look at this if you
meet the qualifications please go ahead and and submit by May 31st and then the
last scholarship we’re going to talk about is the Brandon Malstrom
scholarship um so this is a scholarship that the Stamp Student Union runs and
it’s specifically for transfer students so Brandon Malstrom was a student here
who unfortunately passed away while he was a student and his parents created an
endowed scholarship in his name so this application we’re going to open it in
May and the deadline will be June 1st it is an online application so we’ll be
posting that on our website and sending it out via our listserv you must be a
transfer student enrolled at UMD with at least a 3.0 GPA I often get the question
of well maybe I’m an enrolled student now but I don’t yet have a Maryland GPA
that’s okay you can still apply you must be a Maryland resident or have graduated
from a Maryland high school and financial need is a consideration so we
will be taking a look at that some application tips the application prompts
are going to ask you a couple different questions including why you came to
Maryland and what your goals are your career goals and also to describe your
financial need so a couple tips is first of all for that first one you want to
articulate a very clear vision of why you came to Maryland and what you want
to do okay the second one is you want to develop a clear and compelling
description of your financial need don’t just tell me I need some money right
tell me a little bit of why maybe there’s like you know a little bit of
background there that gives us a little bit more insight to you as a student and
your situation make sure that it’s well organized and free of errors I really
got applications last semester that were like one sentence long and not even a
complete sentence don’t do that that’s not going to win you those scholarship
okay um so and each of the prompts will be a max of 250 words so if you have any
questions about that you can certainly let me know
we’re gonna get the questions just one second just one more resource for you or
maybe friends so some of the scholarships we’ve talked about are
specifically for a u.s. citizen so we did want to include a little bit of
information for students who may be undocumented or perhaps you have friends
that might benefit from this information so first of all we do have a office of
undocumented student life her name is Laura and she’s a wonderful resource
she’s actually gonna pop in hopefully for a few minutes to answer any
questions people might have but she did share this information first of all we
have a scholarship specifically for undocumented students here at Maryland
it’s called the Terp dream scholarship and that’s the link there and you can
find out a little bit more information about the application the deadlines
there’s also a lot of great resources that are not only going to give you
scholarship information but maybe also give some broad and broader information
for undocumented students such as resources you might need to know about
documents rights and that kind of thing so this is a great resource and again
we’ll be sharing out this PowerPoint so I think it’s time for questions so I’m
actually gonna ask my panelists if we could come up in front to be close to
the microphone and then we can just open it up for
questions so what questions I yes you’ve been very patient it is if you are a
currently enrolled in you have a Maryland GPA it would be by your
Maryland GPA if you do not yet currently have a GPA it’ll refer to
your past you okay yeah you have to be a member first to be so
the requirements for tau Sigma are if you transfer in and get a 3.5 GPA or
better in your first semester after transferring then we contact you we give
the information just to be an email about how you can join so it is it is
restricted to to that that first semester criteria so in terms of
applying to a scholarship you would have to go through that and say okay I want
to join and stuff but for events in general like we’re pretty open to all
transfers just as a little plug there yeah where’s your office located
international scholarships ? 24:03 Marie Mota and I do have a handout and back
that just as a general introduction to our office as and I also have a Gilman I
guess it depends how much other stuff you have to add and if it’s relevant to
the scholarship like if I’m applying for I don’t know it’s like for me some like
merit-based research scholarship I don’t necessarily know if I would include like
I worked part-time at a grocery store on my resume I don’t know um so I think you
can always tailor your work um like I even think like for a grocery store I
worked at like a fast-food restaurant you could say I worked in a fast-paced
environment worked in a team I helped new employees like trained them for
their new tasks so you can always tailor it to make it sound really like
professional even though it’s like you know restaurant job and keep in mind
also the Career Center is a great resource for resumes and that can be
either for jobs or scholarships so the Career Center located on the third floor
corn beach you can actually just walk up anytime and meet with a peer advisor to
review your resume super helpful they definitely know what they’re talking
about they do a really good job so we do have the Writing Center
make use of that they’re pretty good I saw another hand for the national
scholarships again so he said the lot of scholarships are for non tuition based
things correct for example there’s quite a few organizations with the university
that do volunteer things such as volunteer abroad with orphanages or a
lot of Ecology construction thanks for those be relevant to scholarships
well it depends for Gilman it now is open to internships and we had somebody
recently apply for a program something like you just described and and he was
able to complete the application because we could find somebody on campus who in
his college here who is willing to certify the application to say that yes
he plans to do this yes this is a real organization it’s been vetted so in that
sense it can be helpful but the but the programs we don’t administer any
programs we just help our students apply for these national programs which tend
to be related to the government but in that example I would say Gilman would be
a good match do any of the scholarships for the Maelstrom if there as long as
their Maryland resident I think they might be ultimately need to double-check
on that we can double-check so most of the scholarships that’s awarded through
our office financial aid even with endowed scholarship funds it’s typically
for a lot for math international students so they’re more geared toward
so you know on our website we do have a link to a database I believe it’s based
at Grinnell University that is for international students the program that
we work with for which international students can apply is the point
foundation this is for people who are leaders in the LGBTQ community and also
Krystal was referring to a project that she did last semester a big
scholarships database we’re working on sort of cleaning it up and once it’s
done we’re hoping to post it to our website and I believe there’s a lot of
scholarships on there that would be open to international students my question
for Melina so a students are applying for scholarships and sort of maybe
getting you know different ones coming in what sort of process do students need
to do to inform financial the office of financial aid about that and what are
some considerations that students need to think about so when you’re receiving
outside scholarships there is if you are a recipient of financial aid you can
actually log in to view your information online there is three section and
section two you must report any outside scholarships on that particular section
because otherwise it may impact your Awards because the way that it works is
that if you’re getting any outside scholarships it’s actually streamlined
through the office of the bursar so they receive the check
they will then and turn in into the system and then we actually
then pull up their system so by making sure that you report the information
under Section two what will be proactive about it instead of you know maybe the
scholarship funds already dispersed to your accountant and the scholarship is
having an impact on your financial aid and then we have to go in and reduce it
typically we try our best not to penalize the students so we will always
reduce any need-based federal aid first so such as any direct Stafford loan that
you may have or any unsubsidized Stafford loan so we go into the loans
first and then before we go into any other institutional funding but yes it
is important that you report that information under Section 2 of the award
package it’s the financial aid award packet when you go in to check your
financial aid status and login right with your username and password and then
once you log in I don’t have a dummy code that I can show you once you log in
you’ll see awards documents and whatnot under awards that’s why you want to
click on so I don’t know if your recipient of financial aid typically for
your case it’s fine because you’re not a recipient on financial aid
so it really doesn’t matter how many outside scholarship we’ve seen it will
not impact your eligibility received scholarship by my ei for
education abroad that Scotia was 754 you know cash for the program did so 50
reduction from the program some of our report would that just be
750 or would that be 15 if what typically it should be 750 I think I’ve
seen a lot of those Awards so whatever is posted through through pro Sam I
guess what are our awards they posted through but yeah it should be 750 it’s
for study or interning abroad yep so just make sure that you’ve signed in if
you’ve not signed in we have a sign sheet in the back
just make sure emails clearly spelled out our plan is to email out the
PowerPoint as a resource and you’re welcome to share with friends who might
need this information too and again we are recording this so a few
and friends that weren’t able to attend we’re going to post the video a little
bit later in the semester for any students who might have missed today’s
session well I hope you’ll join me in thanking all of our panelists for this
great information!