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25 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Scholarship Journey

The scholarship search and application process can be draining due to the emotional highs and lows. Here’s a little motivation and inspiration to encourage you to start or continue your journey.

25 Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Scholarship Journey

  1. When you are completely over the scholarship search process:

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

  1. When you’ve just gotten a scholarship rejection letter or email:

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” — Wilma Rudolph

  1. When you have a breakdown because you’re stressed: 
    “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers Click To Tweet
  1. When you don’t know what to write in your scholarship essay:

“Convince yourself that you are working in clay, not marble, on paper not eternal bronze: Let that first sentence be as stupid as it wishes.” — Jacques Barzun

  1. When you’ve earned your first scholarship:

“Quantity and persistence will get you the outcomes you need.” — James Altucher

  1. When you’ve earned another scholarship:

“Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don’t settle for them.” — Mia Hamm

  1. When you’re questioning your scholarship application:

“If you’ve really done the work. I mean really, really, really done the work…submit it. If not, do what you need to do. Point. Blank. Period.” — Gabrielle McCormick

  1. When you’re feeling a little jealous of a friend that has more scholarships than you:

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.” — Eckhart Tolle

  1. When you’re wondering if you’re good enough to earn scholarships:

“Start out perfect and don’t change a thing. Always accentuate your best features by pointing at them. And conceal your flaws by sucker punching anyone who has the audacity to mention them.” — Miss Piggy

  1. When you feel overwhelmed by everything that has to be done:

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” — Mark Victor Hansen

  1. When you’ve procrastinated and are down to the last minute to get your application finished: 
    “Regretting wasted time is more wasted time.” — Author UnknownClick To Tweet
  1. When you don’t know how to end your scholarship essay:

“You know the minute you stop thinking about it, it’ll happen.” — Sarah Dessen

  1. When you wonder if scholarships are really worth it:

“I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?” — Soledad O’Brien

  1. When you’ve had enough and want to give up:

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” — Napoleon Hill

  1. When you’ve forgotten to submit a scholarship application:

“It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success.” — David Feherty

  1. When you’ve finished a scholarship application:

“Suggestions? Put it aside for a few days, or longer, do other things, try not to think about it. Then sit down and read it (printouts are best I find, but that’s just me) as if you’ve never seen it before. Start at the beginning. Scribble on the manuscript as you go if you see anything you want to change. And often, when you get to the end you’ll be both enthusiastic about it and know what the next few words are. And you do it all one word at a time.” — Neil Gaiman

  1. When you find a scholarship you’ve missed the deadline for:

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — Quote by Albus Dumbledore

  1. When you’ve decided to submit a scholarship application that doesn’t consist of an essay:

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.” — Robin S. Sharma

  1. When you realize that you can actually win scholarships: 
    “Control your own destiny or someone else will.” — Jack WelchClick To Tweet
  1. When you think about the reasons why you need scholarships:

“Going after scholarships is living a few years of your life like most students won’t, so that you can live the rest of your life like most students can’t…with no or very few student loans.” — Gabrielle McCormick

  1. When you’re up late and still have scholarship stuff to do:

“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” — Jesse Jackson

  1. When you’re up early trying to get scholarship things finished:

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” — Aristotle

  1. When you don’t feel like you have enough time to fit scholarships into your schedule:

“You can do anything, but not everything.” — David Allen

  1. When you question your writing ability:

“Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” ― William Shakespeare

  1. When you’re waiting to hear back from a scholarship committee:

“It’s really okay to charge up your battery because if you don’t you will run out of energy and power.” – Dyea Smith

And a bonus quote that pretty much sums up scholarships…

When you feel like you’re doing the best you can when it comes to scholarship:

“Never ever give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” — Albert Einstein

There you have it folks. I hope these quotes either kick-start your scholarship process or help to keep you going!

Real Talk: I know that it can be hard, frustrating, and stressful. But now is not the time to quit. You have to keep going.

P.S. If you’re struggling, need support, or just want to make sure you’re doing things right – make sure you join me over in our FREE Facebook Group or send me an email 😉

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About Your Author
Having earned well over $150,000 in scholarships to pay for her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, Gabrielle McCormick teaches students, parents, and education professionals from across the country about winning scholarships to pay for college. Between finishing her dissertation and watching the NFL and NBA, she runs Scholarship Informer in her efforts to make college affordable for anyone that wishes to attend.
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