Reflection: Lesson Planning Creating Your Scholarship Target List - Section 2: Identifying Your Final Scholarship Choices


I want to provide just a few points to keep in mind as you complete this lesson and, in fact, the entire unit.  These "points to consider" are cogent at this time, given that you have only one step and two lessons remaining in this unit.

First of all, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of involving parents in this unit in an overt way.  While it can be argued that asking parents to "sign-off" (see the previous lesson) might be heavy-handed, the feedback I received from parents via email was exclusively supportive and indeed enthusiastic about this "real world" unit.  The bottom-line: students have greater chances at scholarships when they know their "affiliations" -- and high school students are typically clueless about these.

Second, point out to students that they should be realistic about which scholarships they will apply for.  For example, one of the most popular scholarships nationwide for 11th and 12th graders is the Ayn Rand Fountainhead scholarship, which asks students to write an 800 - 1650 word essay regarding a specific prompt related to The Fountainhead.  Many students find this to be an excellent possible scholarship until they realize that Rand's book is over 1000 pages long!

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Creating Your Scholarship Target List

Unit 8: Applying for College Scholarships
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT complete a Google Form for the purpose of organizing their scholarship application requirement and prioritizing their own course work.

Big Idea: ... it's time to find some college money - the goal is one semester's worth of "book money" ...

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English / Language Arts, college scholarships, college planning, student aid
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