Getting paid for your passions

Julie Lee ‘20, Boston Latin School 

You just finished applying to all of your colleges. Congrats! Acceptance letters will come rolling in soon, and you’ll be comparing the financial aid packages from the different universities. But what if your top school doesn’t provide a lot of financial aid? What can you do right now to pay for these costs? Apply for scholarships! 

Right now is a great time to start searching for scholarships. There are scholarships available for just about anything, ranging from sports and academics to family background and field of interest. We recommend searching for scholarships based on what you are most passionate about. 

What are the passion-based scholarships?

Passion-based scholarships look past academic achievements and athletic ability. Instead, these scholarships are based on your hobbies and personal interests, no matter how niche they may be. Some examples include art scholarships, scholarships for students with a particular major, scholarships for charity work, and even scholarships involving social media participation.

How do you apply? 

The submission process varies depending on the scholarship. For example, if you’re creative and enjoy graphic design, painting, or anything art-related, they might have you submit your portfolio or create a design specifically for this scholarship. For the Doodle for Google scholarship, you can submit a drawing related to their theme before the deadline on March 13, 2020. Other scholarships are as simple as writing a short essay on your interests. 

How to search

You can start by searching “[insert your interests here] scholarships” into Google. You can also check out the scholarships we have with our partners on our website ( 

Tips for applying for scholarships: 

  1. Start your search early on. It’s never too early to apply for scholarships. Make sure you meet the scholarship requirements.
  2. Sit down and write. Make sure to allocate the time needed for the essay. Spend some time after school or during the weekends to work on your scholarship. Don’t put off writing the scholarship supplements until the day before. (Trust me. I’ve been there and it’s stressful!). Have someone read it over and give you feedback. 
  3. Deadlines, Deadlines, Deadlines! When applying for scholarships, keep in mind how much time you need for it. Allow time for your teachers or guidance counselor to write recommendations, if needed. Set reminders or mark the date on your calendar so that you won’t accidentally miss the deadline either. 
  4. Have a positive mindset. Remember, there’s no harm in earning some extra cash for your education. Even if you didn’t win, you can always apply for more scholarships. 

Good luck with your scholarship search!