Student Lead Scholarship Club
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Grade 12 students are very busy in their final year of high school. As well as studying hard for their classes they are also working, volunteering, participating in school or community sports teams and other organizations and applying to post-secondary institutions for the following year. They are also tasked with researching, finding and applying to scholarships to help them pay for their schooling. There is no structure or system for navigating the vast number of available scholarships and easily identifying scholarships for which students are eligible. This paper researches how a student run scholarship club could help students to connect to their school, become aware of financial aids and other financial incentives and to encourage students to excel in high school and pursue post-secondary education. A review of the literature verifies that a student run scholarship club at their school that would assist students to work together to find, analyze and apply to scholarships. The club could also help students to create their own portfolio of accomplishments, manage reference letters, maximize their GPA and learn how to write scholarship essays.