HOW TO MAKE A SUCCESSFUL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION


- The following tips are good to keep in mind when you find a scholarship in which you are interested.

- Do research! Check the career center/web site for scholarship opportunities. Contact family members regarding scholarships in the following areas: church/church organizations, clubs, hobbies, organizations, unions, associations, and employers.

- Copy Forms! Make 2 copies of application forms. Use one form as a working copy. Use the second as your finished copy. (Many forms are on the web site.)

- Type Applications! Unless otherwise stated, all scholarships must be neatly typed using a quality typewriter. Make the application look neat. If you must use a pen use black ink. Neatness does count!

- Complete ALL answers! Scholarship awards may be based on grades, test scores, co-curricular involvement, leadership, community service, special abilities, need, and/or any other criteria. Most students do not give themselves enough credit for their efforts. Answer all questions honestly, but completely. Don't be afraid to brag about your accomplishments, as long as they are fact. Don't forget to develop a resume and get letters of reference, to help you complete the applications. (These may be obtained in the career center.) Please give the person writing your reference four to five days to complete your letter of reference. (They are working with other students and family.) Make sure to “thank” them for helping you!

- PROOF READ! Many qualified students are eliminated by spelling, grammar, and “typographical” errors. Have someone proof read your applications before they are mailed. Neatness counts!

- Make a copy! In the event that the application is lost, or if you want to use parts of one application to supply information another, make a copy of the final version for your files!!

- Stay ahead! Give yourself plenty of time so that you can present yourself in the best fashion. Try to work a month in advance of the due date. Applications that are “rushed” look “rushed” to committees.

- Don’t give up! Most seniors have more time than money, so use your time to win a scholarship. You will definitely not get any scholarship unless you take time to complete a professional looking application. The more scholarships you try for, the greater your chance of winning one. Local scholarships are easier to win than national ones. Remember that someone has to apply to win that national scholarship. Most scholarships are due in the months of February-April. Apply for scholarships until you leave for college!

- WHEN IN DOUBT ASK! Do not hesitate to ask teachers, counselors, career specialist, friends, and family for advice/suggestions.

- “DRESS UP” THE APPLICATION. Unless it is stated otherwise, “dress up” your application with a folder, binder, title page, a photo, a short statement of educational or career goals. Try to prove to the selection committee that you are a candidate that stands above others and deserves the award.

- Be ORGANIZED! Have everything in one place. Stamps, envelopes (different sizes), transcripts, letters of references, and a calendar with scholarship deadline dates circled in RED. Don’t procrastinate!

- The process of completing scholarships will get easier the more you attempt.