I have a strong suspicion that the scholarship application Alex filled out this past weekend was one of the easier ones he'll be coming across. The scholarship is sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization at the elementary school he attended. One thing he had to do was write an essay about why his years in elementary school were so special.
I know he's my son, but I was really impressed with his essay. It's as though he finally used all that he'd been taught about writing over the years.
He also had to write a paragraph as to why he felt he deserved the scholarship. He did a very nice job with that too.
(This kid just seems to amaze me sometimes.)
He had to have two letters of recommendation, one being from a teacher at the elementary school. He got in touch with his fourth grade teacher about a month or so ago and was so polite about asking her to do this. Her letter was extremely complimentary toward him and it actually made me see him in a different light.
He got everything turned in today and I was glad to be able to cross that particular application off the list. He has another one due this Friday and he's working on that one tonight. This time he is required to write a 300 word essay. Believe it or not, it can be difficult to restrict yourself to only 300 words. However, I'm sure he'll do fine with it.
He was going to apply for our school district foundation for a scholarship, but the academic scholarships require a GPA of 3.5 or higher. He's got a pretty good GPA, but it's not quite up to 3.5, so that eliminates him from those. They also have leadership scholarships available, HOWEVER, he never listened to me throughout his high school years (until just recently and now it's too late!). I told him many times that he should be more involved in various activities because it would look great on college and scholarship applications.
DID HE LISTEN TO HIS MOTHER???
And now he'll soon be paying the price, in more ways than one.
Hopefully we'll be able to come across more scholarships that he may be eligible for.
So if you know of any college scholarships that are out there just waiting for a sweet 18 year old boy planning on majoring in journalism, would you send me the information? Please??