Start with a Plan
Success begins with a plan. The best resource to help you get that plan on paper is your guidance counselor. See your counselor as a freshman and lay out the courses you’ll need each year for college. Math, Science, English Composition and Literature, and a foreign language are the basics.
Good grades are important. Learn how to study. Refer to our website (markulmerscholarship.org) under
“Other Resources” for “Advice to Students” for study hints. If your school offers Advanced Placement or Honors courses, take advantage of that. If you have a local college, take college courses. Anything you can do to prepare yourself for college is helpful.
Get involved! Take an active leadership role in whatever activities you choose. Go out for sports. Be part of a team. You will find that working as a team is an excellent learning experience. Most of you are here as a result of just that. Playing basketball will teach you a lot about the game of life.
Paying it forward
Our scholarship foundation looks for students who have a broad background, both academically and in extracurricular activities. We want students who have volunteered in their community, school, tribe or church activities. Think about paying it forward by giving back. One such program is Pine Ridge’s “B.E.A.R.” program (Be Excited About Reading). The basketball players act as tutors in teaching young children to read.
Hopefully, your middle and high school will have programs like “GEAR UP”, a program that helps prepare you for college. Find out about “Upward Bound”, another college prep program often held on a college campus. It gives you an opportunity to take classes and experience college life.
It’s important to keep a record of what you’ve done in high school to use as you fill out applications for college and for scholarships. Again, on our website, you’ll find a form called “Student Profile” that will help you do just that.
There are many ways to prepare for college. In a way, you’ve already been doing that for most of your life.
HEPFUL HINTS FOR NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS
One of the most challenging changes you will face when you leave home to attend college is that you will feel like you’re losing your support system, the sense of community that is usually part of living on the reservation. The emphasis will change from your family and tribe as first in your life with you second to the other way around. Key to your success in college is finding a “substitute” for that system. That substitute includes campus organizations and groups as well as making friends with others, both students and faculty, with whom you share common interest.
OTHER KEYS TO SUCCESS
- Keep Focused on your academic goals
- Beware of distraction that can change your focus
- Be aware that the academic level will probably be tougher than high school
- Learn good study habits at the outset (from other students of faculty)
- Get tutoring help if you feel the need Join groups or activities of personal interest
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP! - Winston Churchill