It’s never too early (or too late) to start! I started as a freshman and had a huge advantage over my peers because I already had all the materials I needed (like letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays, resumes) and I created a list of scholarships that I knew I didn’t want to miss. I’m convinced my early start played an integral part in my major scholarship wins, accumulating more than $900,000 in scholarships for my own college education.
High school seniors should not wait until after college acceptances come out to start applying for scholarships. Many of the best scholarships have an early fall deadline so they can announce winners in the spring before graduation. The sooner you start, the more success you’ll have.