Last year, nine out of 10 available All-USA scholarships, which pay for a student to transfer to a four-year institution in New Mexico, went to waste because no one applied for them.
The cost of higher education rises each year – a trend that is unlikely to change – so it is baffling that students were not lining up to apply for this award.
Yes, the scholarship demands that a student be active both on campus and in the community, but these things are part of what makes a productive person anyway.
Compiling the necessary documents, an unofficial transcript and two letters of recommendation, and writing a handful of 500 word essays seem like pretty insignificant tasks when weighed against the benefits.
On the whole, applying for the scholarship requires a time commitment of about a day, but in the long term, a day’s time is easily worth two years of free education.
Many scholarships are available to a wide variety of students, and very few applied for them.
Most people struggle to pay for their schooling, and accepting loans means committing to nearly a lifetime of debt.
Scholarships are a viable solution to the high cost of education, but only if students are willing to look for and put in the work to