Scholarships! Free money! No repayment, no interest accumulation, and students don’t work to receive their proceeds. So they’re the best way to pay postsecondary educational expenses. From birth through high school, parents can play a role in improving scholarship chances for their children when the college years arrive. Here are three major ways . . .
Boost Mathematical Skills
Math is essential in modern life. Applied fields like computer science, engineering, and information technology depend on it. All the physical sciences use it. Research and analysis that increases knowledge in the social sciences rely on it, too.
Not surprisingly, there are many scholarships for students who do well in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Strong math scores on standardized tests and high school GPAs featuring solid math grades also help students win other, more general scholarships.
Your children don’t need expensive math camps. The Michigan State University Extension Service provides guidance on how parents can help young children grasp mathematical basics that’ll make them better with more complex math problems later. And the National PTA offers a series of Parents’ Guides to Student Success, each of which provides pointers on things students need to excel in math and other subjects during grades K-8 and high school.
Enhance Reading Ability
Lots of reading when children are young often turns them into good writers. And since many scholarship selection committees use essays to help them make decisions, reading to your very young children, and encouraging them to do their own reading as they grow, can pay off in the postsecondary years.
Top-notch scholarship essays authentically, clearly, compellingly, and succinctly reveal personal experiences and how they’ve influenced applicants. Stories that are autobiographical, biographical, or about real-life happenings — from historical incidents to contemporary sporting events — tend to have these elements.
Children who listen to and read good writing as they grow tend to have stronger vocabularies. Typically, they’re also better at framing the cohesive, descriptive phrases needed for strong scholarship essays.
Strengthen Writing Proficiency
Reading alone doesn’t fully prepare students to write effective scholarship essays. Writing is a process and, like any process, it gets better with practice.
Writing for scholarships is similar to writing for other purposes, so preparing to write scholarship essays can also help produce winning admissions essays and term papers.
Grammarly recommends five steps to practice for writing scholarship essays. They’re useful regardless of writing style, and they can be practiced in many settings — school classes and newspapers, debate and speech teams, writing camps and workshops, etc. But they can also be developed informally, at home, with family.
Collaborate with school teachers to coordinate activities that’ll build up math, reading, and writing skills for your children. This’ll make them stronger scholarship candidates. And it’ll also enhance college admission and job opportunities. In short, it’s a way amplify lifelong chances for multiple successes!
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