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Leadership gives college scholarship apps the EDGE

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Students looking for an edge in their college scholarship applications can find it by highlighting their leadership skills in their essays and activity resumes. Scholarship judges value leadership skills and it pays for students to dig deep and examine what they have done in helping others that counts as a leadership position.

Think about a common church volunteer opportunity like vacation bible school. Was the student in charge of a small group of younger students? If so, they were leaders! How about if they organized games and taught the kids how to play them? This shows leadership! The same goes for many scouting activities. Working on merit badges gives students lots of opportunities to lead fellow scouts in various ways. How about teaching younger scouts in knot-tying, camping skills, or cooking demonstrations? This is leadership!

The idea is to take what the student has already done and break down each experience by highlighting valued skills such as leadership and mentoring. Scholarship judges look for students who will use their scholarship money to make a difference and continue to be contributing members of society. Displaying leadership on scholarship applications is impressive and memorable in the eyes of the judges. Students often make the mistake of assuming they are not “leaders” if they were not student body president or sports team captains. Closely examining all volunteer positions and school activities will often reveal leadership skills and experience a student did not realize they had and could be worth thousands of dollars in college scholarship money.

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