Awards and honors are an important part of applying to colleges and for scholarships.
Pursuing recognition in the form of honors and awards demonstrates commitment and distinction, something that will set you apart from other applicants.
Have you been keeping the certificates, medals, trophies that represent your awards and honors? Do you have pictures of yourself at academic competitions? All of those can come in handy during your application process.
How to keep your physical awards organized:
It is imperative that you save all academic certificates you receive. Does your school give out course awards? Honor roll certificates? Character certificates? Have you received certificates for volunteering? Make sure you save them!
Saving the certificates will assist you when it’s time to fill out college and scholarship applications and create your resume. There won’t be any wondering about what awards you won because they will be at your fingertips!
There are several methods for properly storing your certificates and awards. Choose the method that works best for you. Each person has their own way of staying organized and keeping records. Determine what works best for your family and when the time comes to fill out applications and resumes you won’t have any issues!
BONUS TIP: Save pictures of yourself in action. Did you win a debate competition or a science fair competition? Display pictures of you earning your award. Be proud of your accomplishments!
How to keep track of awards in your College Readiness Tracking System:
Awards and honors will draw from other areas (community involvement, athletics, extracurriculars, etc…), but need to be tracked independently. This will be helpful when filling out applications that include an entire section specifically for awards and honors.
Awards and honors received in an area of emphasis being tracked in one of the blank sections of your College Readiness Tracking System and should also be recorded in this section. This will ensure that the information is organized and easily accessible depending on the focus of each application. For example, if your area of emphasis is music and you received an award at a music contest, it would be recorded in the Awards and Honors section and your Music section.
Not every award or honor will come with a certificate, or other physical representation like those mentioned. So do not restrict yourself to those forms of recognition. Any type of recognition or achievement should be logged.
BONUS TIP: Remember to include team awards. Even if you do not have access to the physical award, team awards should still be listed in this section’s log.
What to track:
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