I marvel when I see farmers on TV or farmers doing their thing, whether it’s oranges or corn or whatever they’re growing.
I marvel at them because they have so many ups and downs and ebbs and flows when it comes to their business. It could be anything from weather to bugs to disease. Whatever it is, things happen that affect their crops.
But you know what they do every year?
They continue to plant seeds.
They continue to grow crops.
They continue to do it, generation after generation. They continue to do it because they know that that’s how they make their livelihood, that’s how they can build their homes, and educate their families, and retire with some dignity.
Well, scholarship search is very similar to farming.
There are seasons for scholarships just like there are seasons for farming. I want you to think about the three different scholarship seasons.
The first one is the fall. When August/September comes around, people are cranking and applying for scholarships. Some are awarded at the end of the fall, and some aren’t awarded until the end of the spring or even into the summer.
But when you’re applying, you can’t become frustrated and say, “Wow, I planted this seed – applied for a scholarship – in August, and I still haven’t heard anything in March.” Well, that scholarship may not even select a winner until July or August. Sometimes it takes that long.
What you’ve got to do is not apply for so few that you worry about that.
You have to apply for enough scholarships so that it doesn’t matter about one or two here or there.
You’re planting seeds, and you’re waiting for something to grow. Sometimes you’ll get them when you expect them, but a lot of times you’ll get them when you least expect them.
The same thing goes with the spring season, which is January through May. During the spring season, you can apply for more scholarships, and you’ll get them in the spring or into the summer.
The same principle applies, though: you don’t worry about it. You just apply for it.
That’s something I teach my kids. I want them to apply for 100 scholarships a year at a minimum.
I want them to find 400 scholarships and apply for 100.
They can do it. I know they can do it because I’ve had kids who have applied for 200. I have kids who have earned $1.25M, and I have 11-year olds who have already earned $60,000 in scholarships.
So don’t tell me that it doesn’t work. It’s a numbers game. Always has been, always will be. You go through that process. You go through the search process, which I’ll teach you about in an upcoming podcast.
But right now, just know there are three seasons. I just told you about two – the fall and the spring.
The best season, though, is coming. Summertime is the most incredible season because, even though you might not apply and get scholarships right away, you’re searching. You have more time in the summertime.
You’re finding scholarships, you’re building your database, and you’re making it so, when the time comes to apply for it, you’ve already found it. You’ve already done the work.
You can start working on the essays in the summertime. You can start looking at the letters of recommendations you’re going to need. But you have to get started.
There are three seasons: the fall, the spring, and the summer – which is where you guys can make plenty of bank. You can do your best work during the summer so that, during the school year, you don’t have to search so hard.
And you don’t just do this in high school either. You search for scholarships in your freshman, sophomore, junior years – all the way through college, you’re finding scholarships.
So get busy guys! Get that database filled out, and then start applying for scholarships. Treat it like a farmer would. Some of your crops will come out great, and some of them won’t. But the one that comes out great…oh my God.
Plant your seeds right now. Go out there and get those scholarships.
Until next time, take care and God bless