Seven tips for writing your college essay
High school seniors across the world are now embarking on the daunting yet exciting task of writing the all-important college essays. For many, this is the first time they have ever had to write a personal statement.

As the requirements for college admission continue to increase, the competition for scholarships continues to increase.  The key to your successful scholarship search is based solely on YOUR accumulated records (grades 9 through 12). Your ACT or SAT score. Your academic records (grades, test scores, class rank, and rigor of schedule), leadership profile (quality positions held), community services, and in some cases activity accomplishments (athletics, debate, vocal music, band and drama)   provide the basis for scholarship decisions.  Parents, teachers, counselors and influential friends cannot secure scholarships for students.  These additional sources may provide vital information for the decision, but ultimately YOUR records will be the key!  Students are encouraged to develop a   resume, start a file and keep copies of all correspondence with the colleges, universities, vocational   schools, trade schools and the military.  Correspondences sometimes are lost in the mail and a file copy may save time and maybe even make you money. BEWARE!  Students and parents are sometimes contacted by companies wishing to sell scholarship services for a fee that will guarantee aid.  This has become a big business but the college association of financial aid administrators is on record opposing them.  Their position is the best source of information is your local school counselor and the schools you are considering. (Students can now go on-line and secure vital scholarship information1!) Therefore, feel free to invest in one of these services. Students are advised to check the Senior Bulletin on the High School web site  on a regular basis since scholarship information is posted weekly.  A resource library containing information for out-of-state schools, junior colleges, private state colleges, state colleges and universities, vocational and proprietary schools and the military is on display in the outer office of the Guidance Office. Finally, don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Involve your parents from the beginning!  Ultimately your parents will be involved because of the financial considerations of the decision. If there is the slightest possibility you might attend one of several schools, visit and apply for admissions. You may easily send a letter of regret to those schools you will not be attending once you have finalized your plans.  Remember, each college or vocational school has an atmosphere or personality, and you must feel comfortable to fit in.  A happy student will perform better and his or her chances of success are greatly enhanced!