Anthony Castellanos

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University of California Riverside

Gregori Class of 2014

Chemical Engineering

Weighted GPA at Gregori: Above 4.0

SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): 1750

Extracurriculars at Gregori: Global Club,Track and Field, Peer Tutoring, Ping Pong Club

When applying to colleges, did you consider applying to scholarships? When did you begin to look into them? How did you find scholarships to apply to?

Applying to scholarships was almost as important as applying to colleges since I needed a way to pay for it as I was just relying on financial aid to pay for my education. I began searching for scholarships at the beginning of my Senior year and continued to search and apply for them even until this day. In high school, I would find scholarships through my college counselor at high school and also through the connections through the jobs of some of my relatives; one of the more basic ways of finding them was through a Google search or through a search on some of the big scholarship websites. Some of the bigger scholarships I received came from the schools I applied to, but they would only be given if I were to choose that particular school to attend. I was actually able to find a lot more scholarships through the university I chose rather than on my own time, especially if it is a rather large university.

Is there anything that you mainly focused on during your application? Any suggestions for seniors who are applying?

Show them how diverse you truly are, and that you are a person with a multidisciplinary skill set. In my case, I made it a goal to excel in everything I participated in whether or not they were related in any way to show the readers that I can excel in every environment. My advice is to not just stick with what you know, challenge yourself in the things that you don't know; it's tempting and easy for someone who only likes math and science to take the easiest history and English course so they can focus on what they like, but a true university scholar would want a chance to challenge themselves in their weaknesses. That is what they are looking for in an application. They look into the future and ask themselves, "what can this person contribute to society as a graduate of our university?"