If you’ve ever applied for a scholarship, you know it can be a long and frustrating process. And it’s not like there’s a quick fix that will help you get a scholarship; it takes time and effort to win one. But don’t despair! With these tips from experts who have spent years helping students win scholarships, we’ll show you how to get the best possible scholarship for your situation—whether it’s for college or medical school:
Get A High GPA
This may sound obvious, but it’s worth repeating: GPA is the most important factor in scholarship awards. It’s a measure of your academic performance and calculated by dividing the total number of points you earned by the total number of credit hours you attempted. For example, if you got an A+ on every exam and paper that counted towards your grade point average (GPA), then congratulations! You have a 4.0 GPA! If not, don’t worry–there are still plenty of other things that can help secure you some free money for college or medical school…
Have Great Test Scores
One of the best ways to get scholarships is by doing well on standardized tests, according to Dr. Peter Driscoll. The SAT or ACT is often required for college admission, and you should definitely take them if you can afford to do so. If your school doesn’t require either test, it’s still worth taking both just in case–some schools may offer extra financial aid for students who score well on these exams.
To make sure that your scores are as good as possible, study hard before each test date and then review all of your results after each one! You’ll want to look at everything from how many questions were answered correctly down through how long it took for each section (timing yourself helps).
Be A Student Leader
If there’s one thing that college is all about, it’s learning how to lead, says Dr. Peter Driscoll. Whether it’s leading a group project or leading an organization on campus, being an effective leader can help you get ahead in life after college and even get into medical school–and yes, I mean the good kind of medical school!
Leadership skills are transferable across many different fields: if someone has demonstrated ability as a leader at their high school level or in other extracurricular activities, they’re likely to be able to use those same abilities when they go off into the real world after college graduation too. And if someone wants something more than just being another face in the crowd? Well then maybe becoming a doctor might be right up their alley!
Get Involved In Extracurricular And Clubs
Extracurricular are activities that you participate in outside of the classroom. They can be anything from playing sports to volunteering at a local charity. These activities help you develop skills and gain experience, which can make it easier for you to get into college or medical school.
It’s important that you get involved in extracurricular because they:
- Give you opportunities to learn new things and build skills that will make it easier for you to get into college or medical school later on (like public speaking).
- Help build connections with other people who have similar interests as yours–this could include coaches, teachers, alumni from your high school/college/university and even potential employers after graduation!