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5th Annual Scholarship Day: How to Get Involved

Scholarship Day is back for the fifth year, an event that helps 75 seniors write scholarship essays, who are now in the dire stage of wondering how they will pay for the college. As acceptance letters roll in from their dream schools students are now asking, “What should I do now? I’m scared and worried about paying for everything. I never wanted something this bad.” Students need your help as they strive to succeed in higher education.

26121957655_b0c3d4c94b_oWhen: Saturday, March 18, 9 AM- 2 PM
Where: Manual Arts High School
Who: 75 LAUSD high school seniors + 75 826LA volunteers (that’s you!)
What: One-on-one writing support as students write scholarship essays

College counselors will choose three scholarships for each student to apply to. We will have a folder on the day of the event with three chosen scholarship prompts along with their UC Personal Insight Questions responses and/or CSU EOP responses.

You will sit with one student and over the course of four hours help them shape their personal statements into polished essays for scholarship prompts so that they stand out compared to the hundreds of other students applying for the same scholarship.

Are you trained?

Only 826LA volunteers who attended Scholarship Day and/or The Great LA Personal Statement Weekend in 2015 or 2016 or The New UC Essays Training in Fall 2016 are able to participate in this event. 

Go to the Projects Calendar to sign up for Scholarship Day. At the latest, please sign up by Friday, March 3. 

On Saturday, March 18, there will be a mandatory orientation from 9am to 10am to review best practices and logistics of the day, and you will work with your student from 10am to 2pm. There will be a midday lunch break, with pizza provided by 826LA.

If you have any questions about Scholarship Day, please email Marisa. Thanks for supporting our work and our city’s high school seniors!

To read about 4th Annual Scholarship Day, click here.


Not an 826LA volunteer yet? Sign up for an upcoming Volunteering 101!

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