Now that 2016 has come to a close, we forget about the events of the past and begin to look forward to what this new year has in store. For some students, these events of the past include university applications, which were mostly due sometime during the fall months. However, it is important for applicants not to forget about college and instead begin looking into scholarships as a means of paying for their education.

Scholarships are free money that is awarded to students on the basis of academics or other achievements. Despite being free, though, many students completely disregard them as they prepare to end their high school careers and enter college life. Many factors contribute to this disregard, ranging from lack of time to just plain laziness. AP English literature teacher at Calexico High School Larry Steinmetz says, “I think the reason students don’t apply is because they’re not aware of all the scholarships available, or they’re not aware of how expensive college life is.” He also says, “Another reason is that applying can be a hard process, requiring essays and letters of recommendation.”

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