How's $20,000 sound? Sonlight's college scholarship applications are due in a little over five weeks.
When I was in college, I often felt bad because I didn't have a part time job. My friends worked in the school library or at a local day care. I worked during the summers producing Math and Science DVDs. But I didn't feel like I was "putting myself through school" like all those serious about an education were. Instead, I swam. I was at the pool 20-30 hours a week during the season.
It must have been some afternoon where I'd heard yet another story of a kid who had gone on to be successful in life because of waiting tables to pay for college. I was depressed.
"How much money," my dad asked me, "do you get for swimming? That scholarship is more than you'd make working some part time job."
Sonlight students are awesome. I was one. So I know. <grin> It's likely your student is creative, generous, missions-minded, involved, excelling is academics, developing as a leader, or otherwise. And that's just the kind of person we want to help through college!
Get everything for your scholarship application together. Submit it by December 5, 2013. And then go be awesome in college.
You may still want a part time job if you're not doing something else, but a college scholarship can sure help!
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