Avoid emphasizing commodity accomplishments.

We call things like honor roll and, for college students, the dean’s list, “commodity accomplishments.” We don’t mean to discourage them – we were on them when we were students – but they’re commodities. They’re a dime a dozen. As mentioned earlier in our previous statements about GPA, nearly everyone who applies for our scholarships is on the honor roll or the dean’s list. Does that mean don’t mention them? No – it simply means don’t spend a lot of time talking about them, because it’s unlikely to impress a scholarship committee.

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