It’s winter break, and you’re just now able to catch up on sleep (kind of) and emails.
You’re going through your inbox:
- Delete – passed scholarship deadline
- Delete – another passed deadline
- Delete – how did this company get my email?
- Flag for later – why yes, I am interested in a free burrito.
- Pause – Hmmmm….McDermott Scholars Program?
You stumble across a McDermott Scholars Program email, and you read that the deadline is January 5th – there’s not a lot of time, but maybe you could pull it off? We think you can, and here’s how:
- Check the qualifications
Should you use your time to apply if you don’t meet the minimum qualifications? Our advice – probably not. If you meet the minimum, start your application. Right at this very moment.
- Take a breath
We know there’s a ton in life that’s out of control, and our hope is that McDermott Scholars own up to their part. Recognize this, and then move forward.
- Start sending emails
Send an email to your high school counselor and 2 other recommenders. Show them that you’ve given thought about why you want to apply to be a McDermott Scholar.
- Show your recommenders you’re serious
Your recommenders have probably heard it all before, so show them that you’ve done the groundwork. Complete your application, submit it, and send them a copy to show that you really want this. Follow up with them (maybe in person!) the day school opens in January.
- You’ve got questions, but our office is closed
Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll be manning it over the break.
We want you to know that we’re cheering for you and want you to do what’s best for you. You’ve got a little over a week to get together an authentically fantastic application, recommendations, and transcript. It has been done before; every single year, in fact, by applicants that became scholars! We’re so excited you’ve heard about us and we are wishing you the best!