Good news, high school juniors! Every year the Nordstrom Scholarship fund awards 80 high school juniors a whopping $10,000 each for college—and one of them could be you.
When you’re applying for a scholarship, it’s important to make yourself stand out. We caught up with one of our recent Nordstrom Scholarship recipients, Jillian, to get the inside scoop on how she did it.
BP.: What made you want to apply to the scholarship?
Jillian: I read the application and believed in the principles the scholarship stood for. Naysayers scoffed at my plans to apply, feeling that I had no chance of winning. Being one of four winners in my state (Texas) felt awesome. This will forever remain one of my “best” high school moments.
BP.: How did you make your application stand out?
Jillian: I wrote captivating essays that revealed who I am as a person. I honestly shared my life stories and experiences in a compelling way that helped illustrate, with authenticity, my commitment to community.
BP.: Any tips for students who are thinking of applying?
Jillian: I would tell students interested in applying to be genuine and honest and to really express why they deserve to be a Nordstrom Scholar. Students should remain positive, focusing on the possibility of winning, rather than the odds against doing so. Students should start early, prepare all materials needed, be organized, follow instructions and be creative.
BP.: Tell us about college!
Jillian: I currently attend Columbia University in New York City. I am majoring in chemical engineering, with a minor in biomedical engineering. I am on the pre-medical track and plan to attend medical school after graduation.
I love Columbia University and cherish living in the city! I have been able to enjoy so many interesting experiences that are wonderful lifetime memories. I am so proud of myself for believing in my future and rejecting the advice of naysayers who said my chances of winning were miniscule. I won and so can other hard working, accomplished, committed students.
Want $10,000 of your own for college?Applications are due May 1. Learn more and get started!