R. Gabrielle McCormick

Here in Texas, it’s election time. Although candidates have campaigns consisting of yard signs, posters, and commercials, they still lack one, critical component…your vote.

The most important part of any election, regards the votes a candidate receives. It doesn’t matter if you’re running for class president, club president, or captain; you’ll still need the majority’s favor to receive the position.

Scholarships also require support in the form of votes and approval. Committee members must believe that you’re the ideal student for the award. Not only that, but you may have to receive support in the form of recommendation letters from your raving fans. Recommendation letters are equivalent to a candidate’s yard sign, poster, and commercial. They’re your community’s way of showing that they’re behind you.

In order to receive their endorsements, you must make sure you have a solid track record. I want you to understand that it takes a committed effort on your part to continue to be the best student, you know you can be. When professors, teachers, and staff see you stepping up to the plate, they’ll have no problem giving you their stamp of approval.

The scholarships in this week’s Tuition Tuesday will include your cheerleaders. Here they are:

  1. The Kim and Harold Louie Family Foundation: High school seniors that demonstrate outstanding personal achievements, academic merit, leadership qualities, and/or community service, this is the scholarship for you! By the looks of the application, your recommendation letters will be crucial.
    Award: $4,000 Average
    Deadline: March 15th
  2. Stars on the Rise Scholarship Program: This scholarship has awesome benefits for both high school seniors and juniors. Although seniors will receive the monetary awards, juniors will be able to print an academic resume to use for other scholarships. In addition seniors and juniors will also receive information about scholarship opportunities from other organizations and institutions.
    Deadline: March 19th
  3. TheDream.US: This is a national scholarship fund for “DREAMers”. This scholarship is open to four Texas colleges: El Paso Community College, South Texas College, University of Texas Pan American, and the University of Texas – El Paso. This seems to be an “under the radar” scholarship, so if one of those schools are on your list…apply today!
    Award: Up to $25,000 Average
    Deadline: March 31st
  4. Nordstrom Scholarship Program (Ten 4 U): The Nordstrom Scholarship is open to high school juniors who show exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement. Although the deadline is a little less than two months away, get started on your essay as soon as possible!
    Award: $10,000
    Deadline: May 1st

    Lastly, I want to make sure I’m giving you tips, tactics, and tools to help you succeed. If there’s a particular question you’d like me to answer, ask me in the comments section below. Happy Tuition Tuesday!