Build your scholarship portfolio!

Create a Scholarship Application Portfolio

When students initially begin applying to scholarships, the process can feel very overwhelming, time-consuming, and to some students, even worthless; after not receiving any during the first few tries, many students give up and never attempt to apply again.

The portfolio

In short, a scholarship portfolio is like an expanded resume of everything you’ve ever done. Every. Single. Thing. For most students, you should begin your portfolio starting at the high school level (unless you earned something at the state or national level before the 9th grade) and then you continue to add to it as you go through college because you can still apply to scholarships even if you’re not a high school senior. 

The reason why you start your portfolio at the high school level is because most colleges and scholarship organizations don’t really care what you did in elementary or middle school, unless it was something pretty major.

Your portfolio is a major key in being successful when applying to scholarships, so although it may seem like a lot of work at first, it is well worth it in the end. In fact, I created this free printable for you to print out, which contains a simplified version of everything I just taught you! This printable allows you to have an easy checklist to look off of as you create your scholarship portfolio.

Do this to earn scholarships!

How to Find the Time and Motivation to Exercise

We’re all players in the game of life, and the only game piece we have is our body. If we don’t take care of it, we can’t play the game as well as we should. Whether you’re a student or a recent grad, it’s not uncommon for fitness to take a back seat to other obligations: work, studying, relationships, and so on.

Find Your “Why”

It’s incredibly difficult to justify discomfort and sacrifice without having a “why”: an underlying purpose for doing what you do. Working out consistently and getting in shape sounds great in theory. After all, regular exercise has been demonstrated to improve sleep, boost memory, and reduce stress in addition to its physical health benefits.

However, if there are no consequences for abandoning your commitment to exercise, it makes it easy to fall off the wagon when the going gets tough. I hate to break it to you, but life is going to throw you some curveballs. There will be days when working out is the last thing on the list of things you want to do. There will be days when the temptation to kick back and binge-watch TV is stronger than your desire to be healthy. But it’s during these times that your “why” will keep your engine running.

So you know your “why,” and you’re amped up to get serious about fitness. But let’s be real: you’ll still have the temptation to slack off. In the next two sections, I’ll address two critical factors that determine whether or not you stick to your exercise regimen: time and motivation.

Squash those excuses

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