Scholarship Search Tips
Here are 10 tips to make your scholarship search more effective:
- The earlier you begin your search, the better. Do as much research as you can, and apply for every scholarship for which you are eligible.
- Meeting deadlines is crucial! Most programs have limited funding, and may not even consider applications received after the due date.
- Follow directions. Provide everything that is requested, but no more than is required.
- List all activities and honors. Highlight those that are relevant to the scholarship in your essays.
- Neatness counts. Type your application.
- Make a photocopy of the application before you begin. If you make a mistake, you can start fresh with a clean copy. Also make a copy of the completed application, so you can resend it if the original is lost.
- Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, don't hesitate to call the funding organization.
- Write an essay that makes a strong impression. Tell a story, use personal examples, and be specific.
- Choose references who know you well. Give them plenty of time to write the letter of recommendation.
- Give your application (and/or essay) a final "once-over." Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proofread it.