A counselor’s guide to making the most of Going Merry: 4 tips for student scholarship success

More than 5000 high school counselors across the U.S. use Going Merry. Recently, we reached out to some of the most successful counselors–ones who’ve helped many scholarship student winners. We asked them for their top tips.

How can Going Merry help your students win more scholarships and save you time? 

Well, here’s what our successful counselors said. (We added GIFS. You’re welcome.)

1. Early bird gets the worm. (And worm = $$)

Early bird gets the money. Sign your students up early.

Sign up students, earlyStudents who sign up early win more scholarships because there’s less competition early in the year. Students don’t need to be admitted to college first. There are plenty of scholarships for high school seniors, all the way down to freshmen–some with deadlines in October!

2. Leave no one behind. 

Leave no one behind. Sign up all your students to the Going Merry platform, where there's a scholarship match for everyone.

Sign up everyoneMany scholarships – particularly local or memorial scholarships – aren’t just about GPA or SAT scores. The most successful counselors were the ones who signed up most of their class. Some tips to do this from counselors include: hold an assembly for students, remind students during one-on-one meetings, and reach out to parents to get them involved.

3. Go digital (even when it’s local). 

Go digital, even when it's local. Upload your local scholarships to manage them on the Going Merry platform.

Upload your local scholarships to Going Merry (it’s free!): Your students will then have one place for all their scholarships. You can also manage your scholarship easily and digitally, using our scholarship administration portal. Hundreds of counselors do this with us already; join them! Just email us at scholarships@goingmerry.com, and we can upload your scholarship for you. 

4. Add that fancy link. (Nerd talk: It’s an “embeddable widget.”)

Add that fancy link. Embed our Going Merry scholarships widget to your school website.

Link to Going Merry on your school site: Students often find us via their school website. You can just add an ordinary link to Goingmerry.com on your school site, OR embed our new widget, which is like a mini-Going Merry right on your webpage! Our widget will show a list of scholarships that automatically update as we add news ones. Check it out on a partner school’s site! To add the tool to your site, go here (or just to “Scholarships widget” on the left navigation bar). You can even edit it to match your school colors! See screenshot here:

What else can High School Counselors do on Going Merry?

As a counselor, you can also:

  • Recommend specific scholarships to all or some of your students
  • Track students’ progress on applications (via our handy dashboard!)
  • Upload documents like transcripts and recommendation letters (don’t worry, those letters stay private!)
  • Recommend Going Merry to other counselors (thank you in advance!) or connect us to college admissions offices (so that we can add more college financial information to our College Scholarships page).

Haven’t quite mentally returned from summer break yet? Not sure how to do any or all of these things? No worries! Schedule a refresher webinar with our co-founder Charlie here

Haven’t yet signed up? What are you waiting for? Create a counselor account here

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Charlotte Lau

Charlotte remembers the anxiety of college application time, trying to get into a good university and then finding enough funds to pay for it. She joined Going Merry as Head of Growth, to help make that college process a little less stressful. Charlotte holds a BA from Stanford and a MPP from Oxford—degrees both funded by scholarships. For several years, she also tutored academic writing and edited college/fellowship applications, as a side hustle.

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