Scholarship success can be different for everyone, especially with athletic recruiting thrown in the mix.
YOUR path to finding money to pay for college can also involve full or partial athletic scholarships.
In today’s episode, we talk with Mr. Terrence Powell who tells the story of his journey with his son and the athletic recruiting process. How you navigate college athletics along with also exploring merit scholarships is fascinating to listen to. Make sure you listen all the way to the end.
“If you are not a top tier athlete, colleges are not looking for you. Get on their radar!”
He gives his best tips looking back on his journey to help other parents:
START EARLY (like when they are HS Freshman!)
Consider additional personal training outside the high school environment.
Have your child complete a Student Athlete Prospect Profile at each school they are interested in.
Do your research on Merit Aid/Scholarships that each school offers. This will help if a particular coach does not want to give a full scholarship. You can use this as leverage.
Visit more schools ahead of time to see what type of environment appeals to your child.
Explore other scholarships outside the school to fill the gap.
Imagine having enough money in scholarships to cover your college and graduate school education, twice. That is exactly what happened to Pam Andrews (The Scholarship Shark) and her oldest son. With the tenacity, relentless pursuit and focus of a shark, keen
The Scholarship Shark
organizational skills and her son’s commitment to the process, they were able to secure over $700k in scholarships. He is now attending his dream school in Florida, pursuing his animation/art college education.
This episode is an in depth conversation with Pam about their journey which started with the decision she and her husband made to homeschool all four of their children and encourage the benefits of education.
Pam talks about the challenges she faced all along the way and did not begin the scholarship process until her son’s senior year. It was at that time that they teamed up and put together a plan to not only search for colleges, but pursue scholarships as a way to pay for them.
Her motto is: “Don’t just get in, get it financed!”
“Schools don’t want well-rounded kids, they want a diverse student body. Be the best YOU!”
Here are her tips for parents of High School Juniors:
3-layer approach: Look for schools that offer Merit Aid/Merit Awards, then those that meet 100% of “UN-MET NEED” and then every eligible private scholarships.
Get Organized! Go to local library and use the books there that list scholarships/reference
Identify what your child wants to do (career exploration)
Begin developing relationships with colleges that you want to or have visited
Attend pre-college programs. Great way to experience the campus and courses
Start searching for scholarships NOW!
Be intentional with your child’s last two years – find volunteer opportunities related to their career
Watch those deadlines! Aim for two weeks before REAL deadline to get all of the info needed.