Scott Jones is the mastermind behind JonesTShirts.com, a wholesale t-shirt company which was founded pretty much while he was still in high school.
Scott is such an advocate of “loving your career”; this is his way of playing a part in making sure you follow the same path! (So awesome.)
Eligibility & Details
- Amount: $1,000
- Must be enrolled in a college or university by semester deadline. (See below.)
- Open to all majors.
- Fall semester award: September 12, 2016
- Winter/Spring semester award: January 9, 2017
- Only students in the U.S. are eligible to win.
- One (1) essay.
This scholarship asks for a fairly simple 1,000+ word essay, but the instructions come with a VERY interesting twist: an interview.
But first, let’s touch on what the topic is:
We want to hear about your passions and goals for the future! We want to know that there are others out there who share the goal of living the dream of loving what they do.
The main questions the sponsor is looking to see answered:
- “What are your passions that could be turned into a career?”
- “What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at?”
Like with any great essay, you want to be sure to answer the questions being asked, so definitely focus on those two there.
Now, to the super interesting part: the interview. Not many scholarships ask for much “external” involvement beyond the traditional letter of recommendation, so while this is a little more of a stretch in terms of effort, it is pretty cool. Here’s your prompt:
Interview a professional in the field that you are looking into and that has at least 3 years of experience in that field.
I personally can’t help but believe that this is an AMAZING opportunity to learn about the career you’re interested in. Now, if you’re shy in nature or super introverted like me, the idea of interviewing someone (especially a stranger) is going to make your stomach churn so much. So, here are some tips on how to make this experience as easy as possible for you (and your interviewee):
- If you have a family member or friend (or a friend’s parent/relative or a neighbor, etc.) who is currently working in the exact field and exact position you would love to pursue, you have an amazing advantage. Make use of it!
- If you don’t have any close contacts like that, try doing some research on LinkedIn. Make a search for your ideal title and go through your results, cherrypicking about two or three names. Go ahead and send them a message, explaining the scholarship and your desire to have some questions answered concerning their job. Allow your potential interviewers some time to respond and reach out to more than one person, just in case someone doesn’t get a chance to respond. Most professionals respect a student’s desire to learn more about a career and will be kind in giving you the help you need.
- The scholarship doesn’t specify whether the interview needs to be done in person, meaning that an interview done over the phone or through email is perfectly acceptable.
Be sure to blend the two sections together for a seamless essay. Get as creative and as passionate as you’d like with this; after all, it’s what you’ll be judged on.
Credit will be given based on creativity, originality, passion etc.
+ Please pay attention to the formatting for the essay and the submission email. I would hate for you to be disqualified over simple details. Look for everything marked red and in bold in the main instructions; triple-check everything!
+ Don’t go easy on the passion!
+ If you’re feeling nervous about your choice in career, I can completely relate. Not everyone discovers their “dream career” after high school. Even if you still just have an idea, I’d go ahead and apply!
+ Don’t forget to answer all of the questions!
I hope you feel way more confident about this scholarship!
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Until the next one ~