Overview: As you begin the process of researching and applying to colleges and for scholarships, you must get organized. As you complete college applications and apply for scholarships, you will refer many times to your transcript; PSAT scores; SAT/ACT scores; SAT Subject Test scores; AP/IB exam scores; leadership experiences; community service; extracurricular activity involvement; awards; summer programs; letters of recommendation; and high school counselor recommendation. You will also be gathering a great deal of information through your college and scholarship research, as well as receiving letters and offers from colleges and universities.
My wife and I developed binders for our sons. Their binders began in elementary school and, as high school seniors, when they began completing their college and scholarship applications, they had their complete history of community service, extracurricular activities, leadership programs, grades, test scores, awards, and personal information organized. Even after completing your first college application, you will continue referring to the information contained in your binder throughout your senior year of high school.