Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Scholarships for Your Teen


For El Paso moms, the prospect of sending your teen to college often comes with the challenge of managing the associated costs. Fortunately, scholarships provide an excellent avenue to alleviate the financial burden. Let’s explore the world of scholarships, guiding you on how to find them, prepare for them, and successfully submit applications in seven steps.

1. Start Early and Stay Informed

The key to a successful scholarship journey is to start early. Begin researching scholarships as soon as your teen enters high school. Stay informed about various opportunities available locally, nationally, and within El Paso. Utilize online resources, scholarship databases, and connect with high school counselors to stay updated on new opportunities.

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2. Identify Your Teen’s Strengths and Interests

Each scholarship is unique, often tailored to specific skills, interests, or achievements. Help your teen identify their strengths, passions, and extracurricular activities. Whether it’s academic achievements, sports, arts, or community service, knowing their strengths will enable them to target scholarships aligned with their profile.

3. Maintain a Strong Academic Record

Many scholarships consider academic achievements as a crucial criterion. Encourage your teen to maintain a strong GPA and actively participate in challenging courses. High academic performance not only enhances eligibility but also opens doors to prestigious merit-based scholarships.

Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Scholarships for Your Teen4. Create a Comprehensive Resume

Assist your teen in crafting a comprehensive resume that highlights their achievements, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and any notable experiences. A well-presented resume provides scholarship committees with a clear overview of your teen’s qualifications and sets them apart from other applicants.

5. Prepare a Stellar Personal Statement

Most scholarship applications require a personal statement or essay. Work with your teen to develop a compelling and authentic narrative that showcases their goals, aspirations, and the impact they hope to make. Tailor each personal statement to align with the specific requirements of the scholarship.

6. Tap into Local Resources

El Paso offers a range of local scholarships provided by community organizations, businesses, and foundations. Explore these opportunities by attending local events, visiting community centers, and connecting with local scholarship providers. Often, these scholarships have a more specific focus and may have fewer applicants, increasing the chances of success. Here are four local resources for scholarships:

Paso Del Norte Community Foundation

El Paso Community Foundation


El Paso Community College

7. Submit Thoughtful and Complete Applications

Ensure that your teen carefully follows all instructions and submits a well-prepared application for each scholarship. Pay attention to deadlines, gather all required documents, and double-check for any errors. A thoughtful and complete application reflects a strong commitment to the scholarship opportunity.

Navigating the world of scholarships requires diligence, preparation, and strategic planning. As an El Paso mom, you play a pivotal role in supporting your teen through this process. By starting early, identifying strengths, and utilizing local resources, you’ll empower your teen to unlock opportunities that can make their college dreams a reality.

Remember, persistence and dedication are key to successfully navigating the scholarship landscape.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author. They do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of El Paso Mom, its executive team, other contributors to the site, its sponsors or partners, or any organizations the aforementioned might be affiliated with.

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Carrie Ring
Carrie is a seasoned marketing and event professional at the crossroads of creativity and strategy, with a career spanning over two exciting decades. She proudly holds the title of Certified Festival & Event Executive (CFEE) from the prestigious International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), marking her journey as a dynamic force in Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, and Event Management. She enjoys working remotely for the IFEA as their Director of Partnerships & Programs. When she’s not busy dazzling the world with daily affirmations and spreading positive messages, you'll find her in the kitchen, whipping up culinary delights that would make Gordon Ramsay sit down for dinner. Cooking, baking, and charcuterie board building are her love language, and let's just say, her friends and family are always eager taste-testers for her latest creations. Her family consists of three amazing teenagers, her wonderful husband of 18 years, and her adorable 'wild' kitty, Odin.


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