I want you to think back to the last time you were sick. I’m talking about sick enough to visit the doctor.
Normally, the first thing you do when you arrive at the emergency room is complete the paperwork, detailing the reason for your visit. Next, someone calls your name and you are escorted to the back. Once you get into a room, they take your blood pressure, check your pulse, and conduct other standard procedures. Then it happens…the doctor comes in to see you. Finally you can get some relief.
The doctor refers to the paperwork you’ve completed, asks you some questions regarding how you feel, and then examines you. If you’re really sick, they may even run some tests. At some point, the doctor diagnoses your illness and prescribes you your new regime of antibiotics and rest. You follow your doctor’s instructions, start regaining your strength, and life goes on.
But how did the doctor know what medication to prescribe? It’s simple – she analyzed your symptoms.
Similarly within the scholarship process, there are symptoms. Students that are normally awarded scholarships have the “Symptoms of Success”. They’re focused, they’re determined, they’re through in their application, and they’re willing to go the extra mile. If you aren’t getting scholarships, what are the symptoms that are causing your results? If you are getting scholarships, what’s leading to your success?
If you do nothing else, it is important that you document your scholarship process. You’re just like the doctor. A doctor knows what symptoms are causing what illnesses; you should be able to determine.what symptoms are causing your successes or challenges.
The scholarships this week are great starting points for you to begin creating your Symptoms of Success. Here they are, doctor:
- Radio Disney Hero for Change Award: Anyone ages 5-18 that is passionate about making lasting changes in the world, can apply to be named a Hero for Change.
Deadline: March 16th
- Peace First Prize: This fellowship is for anyone ages 8-22. Youth Peacemakers demonstrate compassion, courage, and the ability to create collaborative change.
Award: $25,000 to be used towards the winner’s education and professional development or to support the winner’s ongoing peacemaking work.
Deadline: March 17th
- Project Yellow Light: Create a video to encourage your friends to avoid distracted driving.
Award: $1,000 – $5,000
Deadline: March 17th
- Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship: High school seniors and college students, this scholarship opportunity allows you to show how you reduce, reuse, and recycle via social media.
Deadline: May 1st
We want to know how you’re doing – reach out and connect with us! We encourage you to comment below or shoot us an email. Keep us updated on the symptoms you have, whether good or bad, so we can make sure we’re prescribing you the medication you need. It’s time to get to work!