Tips for Applying

Do you have any tips for applying for scholarships?

  • Pay close attention to scholarship application deadlines. Applications submitted past the deadline are not considered.
  • Gather application materials early – give yourself plenty of time to complete each step. Applications that are incomplete will not be accepted.
  • Prepare your resume and keep it updated – this is a good way to outline your thoughts and show your activities and achievements.
  • In your essays, let your personality shine through. Present your ideas in a focused, thoughtful and meaningful manner. Write in a natural style and support your ideas with specific examples.
  • Proofread your essays and applications. Ask friends, teachers or parents for feedback. Errors or poor writing skills will have a negative effect.
  • Think carefully about who should write your letters of recommendation. Choose people who can be specific about your strengths as well as your ability to overcome your weaknesses.
  • Double check the list of required attachments and be sure you have included everything.
  • Keep a copy of everything you submit!
  • Don’t ignore small awards. Even these can add up!
  • If you are notified that you have received a scholarship made possible by a specific donor, send a thank you note to the donor.