5 Smart Summer Scholarship Application Strategies

June 10, 2017   /   byJoey Fortman  / Categories :  Feeds

Summer to teens is like a free pass to forget school exists and indulge in beach days, sleeping in, and video gaming until their thumbs demand a rest. But for college-bound students, taking advantage of time off from school to work on college scholarship applications is just plain smart.

Students who have just finished their senior year in high school can get to work on scholarship opportunities for newly accepted college students, while all other students should get a jump on the game and apply for awards offered to students at their specific level in school.

For the summer loving student in your household, here are five smart scholarship motivation strategies that will get them off the couch and on the road to winning money for college:

  • Let’s Make a Deal – Write three scholarship essays and I will pay your cell phone bill this month. Money talks to teens, so take advantage of what means the most to them and make a deal that involves working on scholarships. A coveted video game or a gift card to their favorite store in the mall is a tantalizing prospect for today’s teen. Use this to your advantage and help them get a jump on the scholarship process.
  • Know the Facts – Most teens have no clue about what college costs and how the family is planning on paying for it. Sitting down with real numbers of projected family contributions and the true cost of your teen’s dream school can be highly motivating and get them interested in applying for scholarships.
  • Fifteen Minutes a Day – Let’s face it, fifteen minutes is not a lot of time to commit to. Ask your teen to work on scholarship applications for only fifteen minutes a day. What usually happens is they get involved in writing an essay or filling out an application and will be motivated to finish it, even if it means going past the fifteen-minute mark. Even fifteen minutes a day will add up quickly as the summer days pass by and you will be amazed at how many scholarships can be applied for using this method.
  • We’re in this Together – Mom can find the scholarship opportunities and the teen can write the essays. Dad can fill out the application (name, address, GPA, etc…) and the teen adds to any personal sections. Working on scholarships together takes the pressure out of the process and lets teens know that they will not be expected to go at it alone.
  • Dangle the Prize – Visit a college that your teen has on his or her prospective list as part of your summer vacation plans. Even driving through the campus is a fun way to get a look at where they might spend four years and spur them into helping to find ways to pay for it. Take it a step further and sign-up for summer programs at colleges to give them a feel for campus life and get excited about their future plans.

Summer break is a coveted time in any teen’s life and without the demands and responsibilities of school, a perfect time to work on college scholarships. Use the scholarship motivation strategy that best speaks to your teen and get them on the road to winning scholarships for college without nagging, eye-rolls, or other wonderful experiences that come with raising young people in today’s busy world.

This post originally appeared on RealityMoms.  It has been reprinted with permission.

Monica Matthews is the author of “How to Win College Scholarships.” She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regards to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process. Her method of helping students in finding college scholarships, writing unique and compelling scholarship essays, creating amazing scholarship application packets and more, have taught desperate parents to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars. Her scholarship tips have been featured on several websites and she has been dubbed the “Go To” expert on college scholarships. You can find her scholarship guide and tips at How To Win College Scholarships.

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Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

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I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).

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Quirky storage boxes and prettily patterned tins are a bit of a weak spot – I love a good storage solution! Not only do I find it quite therapeutic categorising all of my notions, tools, threads, patterns and fabric but I also find it much easier to pick up a project if I know where everything is. Working in the week means that sewing time is precious in the evenings and this is why having a dedicated sewing space is so great, as it saves time having to set things up and pack things away all of the time. I try and sew a few times a week but generally have more time to get stuck into a project over the weekend, usually with a nice cup of tea and some biccies.

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I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!

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I’m not much of a fabric hoarder and only really have two main stashes of fabric. Interestingly my stashes mainly comprise of patterned fabrics that I’ve had for a couple of years now before I discovered my fondness for plainer fabrics. I love interesting prints but soon realised that although the pieces I’d bought were really striking, often they wouldn’t be something that I would necessarily wear. Nowadays I tend to gravitate towards plain, bold coloured fabrics and sew them up straight away, so they don’t hang about for long!

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As you can probably see I don’t have a great deal of space in my sewing area and unfortunately can’t quite squeeze in another desk for my overlocker. For this reason I hacked an Ikea footstool into an overlocking station by attaching a couple of tin trays, a few hooks and a lick of paint which now means that I can sew and overlock with ease – yay!

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Although I am a fairly new sewist, dressmaking has been in my family for generations. My most treasured possession is my dressmaking scissors given to me by my lovely mum who was a fanatical dressmaker herself! My mum sadly passed a couple of years ago and every time I use these scissors to make a garment it gives me a warming sense of pride and connection.

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My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!

Thank you so much for letting me share my little sewing space with you!



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5 Smart Summer Scholarship Application Strategies

June 10, 2017   /   byJoey Fortman  / Categories :  Feeds

Summer to teens is like a free pass to forget school exists and indulge in beach days, sleeping in, and video gaming until their thumbs demand a rest. But for college-bound students, taking advantage of time off from school to work on college scholarship applications is just plain smart.

Students who have just finished their senior year in high school can get to work on scholarship opportunities for newly accepted college students, while all other students should get a jump on the game and apply for awards offered to students at their specific level in school.

For the summer loving student in your household, here are five smart scholarship motivation strategies that will get them off the couch and on the road to winning money for college:

  • Let’s Make a Deal – Write three scholarship essays and I will pay your cell phone bill this month. Money talks to teens, so take advantage of what means the most to them and make a deal that involves working on scholarships. A coveted video game or a gift card to their favorite store in the mall is a tantalizing prospect for today’s teen. Use this to your advantage and help them get a jump on the scholarship process.
  • Know the Facts – Most teens have no clue about what college costs and how the family is planning on paying for it. Sitting down with real numbers of projected family contributions and the true cost of your teen’s dream school can be highly motivating and get them interested in applying for scholarships.
  • Fifteen Minutes a Day – Let’s face it, fifteen minutes is not a lot of time to commit to. Ask your teen to work on scholarship applications for only fifteen minutes a day. What usually happens is they get involved in writing an essay or filling out an application and will be motivated to finish it, even if it means going past the fifteen-minute mark. Even fifteen minutes a day will add up quickly as the summer days pass by and you will be amazed at how many scholarships can be applied for using this method.
  • We’re in this Together – Mom can find the scholarship opportunities and the teen can write the essays. Dad can fill out the application (name, address, GPA, etc…) and the teen adds to any personal sections. Working on scholarships together takes the pressure out of the process and lets teens know that they will not be expected to go at it alone.
  • Dangle the Prize – Visit a college that your teen has on his or her prospective list as part of your summer vacation plans. Even driving through the campus is a fun way to get a look at where they might spend four years and spur them into helping to find ways to pay for it. Take it a step further and sign-up for summer programs at colleges to give them a feel for campus life and get excited about their future plans.

Summer break is a coveted time in any teen’s life and without the demands and responsibilities of school, a perfect time to work on college scholarships. Use the scholarship motivation strategy that best speaks to your teen and get them on the road to winning scholarships for college without nagging, eye-rolls, or other wonderful experiences that come with raising young people in today’s busy world.

This post originally appeared on RealityMoms.  It has been reprinted with permission.

Monica Matthews is the author of “How to Win College Scholarships.” She helped her own son win over $100,000 in college scholarships and now shares her expertise with other parents and their students. She truly has “been there, done that” in regards to helping parents and students navigate the scholarship process. Her method of helping students in finding college scholarships, writing unique and compelling scholarship essays, creating amazing scholarship application packets and more, have taught desperate parents to help their own students win thousands of scholarship dollars. Her scholarship tips have been featured on several websites and she has been dubbed the “Go To” expert on college scholarships. You can find her scholarship guide and tips at How To Win College Scholarships.

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Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

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I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

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I started off sewing at home at my kitchen table but soon yearned for a larger space to store all of my dressmaking paraphernalia, which was growing at an alarming rate! Two thirds of my spare bedroom has thus been transformed to home a retro writing desk, some shelving, a storage trolley and a few trinkets to decorate. Overall I’d probably say that my space has a bit of a kitsch vibe about it while still being quite minimalistic. I try not to sprout out too much as the other the other third of the room is occupied by my rather understanding boyfriend who uses his space for his photography hobby, and our pet lizard (‘Lizzy’).

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I am a bit of a planner and like to make a mood board to help me decide how the final garment I am making might look – the idea stage is just as fun as the construction! In addition to our resident gecko I have two gorgeous little helpers who keep me company while making, Henry and Coco the Chihuahuas. Coco is a puppy and can often be seen running around the house having fun with rogue scraps or on occasions a snail (pin-free) pincushion!

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As you can probably see I don’t have a great deal of space in my sewing area and unfortunately can’t quite squeeze in another desk for my overlocker. For this reason I hacked an Ikea footstool into an overlocking station by attaching a couple of tin trays, a few hooks and a lick of paint which now means that I can sew and overlock with ease – yay!

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My favourite guilty pleasure of all (even more so than fabric shopping!) is acquiring vintage sewing patterns. My pattern collection comprises of a few commercial patterns, lots of lovely indie patterns (notably Tilly and the Buttons of course) and my beloved, ever growing collection of vintage sewing patterns. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to collect patterns from various decades including the 40s, 50s and 70s but my favourite decade of all has to be the swinging 60s! I love the futuristic undertones in the styling of many of the garments from this period paired with the flamboyant expressions of colour.

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I think a wonderful thing about vintage sewing patterns is that they all have a story to tell and it is quite remarkable to think that they are still being enjoyed decades after they were first printed. I try to keep the most delicate patterns in cellophane sleeves, away from the sunlight to prevent them from aging any further and when it’s time to use a pattern, I tend to trace off all of the pieces onto tissue paper to try and preserve the original pattern pieces. Etsy and eBay are a vintage-pattern treasure trove but I have also found a couple of gems at vintage fairs…it can be a bit addictive though! The sky’s the limit… well, my spare room for now!

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