Archive | May, 2014

Final To-do List

15 May


Congratulations! You are nearing the end of your high school career — or may even have already thrown your cap into the air.

There are still some things to take care of before you are good to go.

1. Final transcript: If you are attending a four-year college, make sure that you have filed a request with your high school office to send a final transcript to your college’s admissions office. Make sure you provide the correct and complete mailing address.

2. Final checkout: Make sure you do not have any textbook, library, or athletics charges — so that you can receive your diploma.

3. Final thank-you’s: Be a class act. If there are teachers or counselors who wrote letters of recommendation and other evaluation forms for you — which take hours of time — write those folks a nice thank you note. And FYI . . . you might need them to do that in the future!

And just one more tip: Carefully steam that graduation gown with a warm, not hot iron.

Blessings for your future! Thanks for following me in this Senior Year 101 blog!

Janet McHenry

How to access scholarship money

9 May


Yay! You got a scholarship! Congratulations!

I know what you’re thinking: “Now how do I get the MONEY?”

If you have received notice of a scholarship other than from your future college, you will want to make sure you keep track of how to access the money.

If you have more than one scholarship, make a chart (or separate file folders) with the following information:

Name and address of the organization.
Contact name at the organization and a phone number for that person.
Email address for the contact.
Amount of the scholarship
Requirement(s) to access the money
Date (if needed) to write for the funds

Typically, organizations require one or more of the following:

  • Proof of admission — a letter (or email notice) that you have been accepted to your college.
  • Proof of registration in a college or trade school — an official letter or online acknowledgement that you have committed to attend that college.
  • Proof of enrollment — online list of your courses or official notice from your college that you have enrolled in classes (most require full-time attendance, typically 12 units).
  • Official transcript of your completion of your first semester or first quarter.
  • A letter from you requesting the funds, with an indication of where to send the check.

Do not expect the organization to remind you to request the funds. That’s your job! Some organizations may actually CANCEL your scholarship if you do not request the money on a timely basis.

Additionally, while some organizations continue their payments from year to year, others may require that you reapply annually. Don’t expect the organization to remind you of the process or deadline.

And most importantly . . . handwrite a sincere thank you note on nice stationery and mail it as soon as you receive the initial news of your scholarship . . . do not even wait until you get the money.