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Scholarship season is on its way

The holidays usher in the season of feasts, fun and family. Sometimes we lose sight of things lurking around the corner at the start of the new year — and one of those things is scholarship season.

Higher education traditionally opens up scholarship opportunities in the early spring semester and allows students to apply for scholarships in a window of time. To successfully prepare to apply for those scholarships, there are some preparatory steps students should take to have a successful scholarship season.

  1. Update important documents. Students should take some time over the holidays to update their resume as a simple way to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year and to gear up for the year ahead.

Cover letters are also important to update during this time of year. Most scholarships want to hear the student’s story. An individual’s unique abilities, accomplishments and hardships are what make them worthy of many scholarships. Family can act as the perfect sounding board while developing a cover letter or scholarship essay.

  1. Seek out opportunities. CMU opens its general scholarship application on Dec. 1. Students can access the application through MAVzone by clicking on the Student Finance tab. The application window will close on Feb. 21, 2015. This should be every Maverick’s first stop in applying for scholarships.

Opportunities outside of CMU exist as well. Mentors and financial aid counselors are great resources for students to help identify external scholarship opportunities.

  1. Be courageous. If a student is worried they may not be qualified for a scholarship or that they won’t be selected, encourage them to be courageous and apply. It can take time and persistence to find the right scholarship.

If you would like more information about how to get involved with promoting diversity, advocacy and health at CMU, please contact Danny Sandoval at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu, extension 1765 or stop by Albers Hall.

A column by Danny Sandoval

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