Make Your Scholarship Application SHINE!

Kristin Ware -

  • Apply EARLY!
    • Deadlines can make or break you.
    • Official Transcripts take time to obtain and overnight mailing is EXPENSIVE.
    • Online applications can’t be completed two hours ahead of deadline. Give yourself time as you might run into technological or login problems.

  • Apply OFTEN!
    • Practice makes everything better.

  • Create a scholarship RESUME
    • Education
    • Campus Involvement
    • Community Service
    • Scholarships & Awards
    • Work Experience

  • Review the PURPOSE of the Scholarship

  • Establish solid LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
    • Choose someone who knows you well and can provide specific and pertinent information.
    • Explain the criteria of the award (photocopy the application).
    • Give recommenders ample time to compose your letter.
    • Send thank-you letters afterwards.

  • Writing your ESSAY
    • Stick to the topic.
    • Use vivid details. Make your application stand out.
    • PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!

  • Your applications should be NEAT and EASY TO READ
    • Type everything (if paper) or proofread (if online). Never submit your first draft.
    • Organize information with bullets.
    • This is your one chance in front of the judges…make a good impression!

  • Have MULTIPLE people CRITIQUE your application

  • Double-check your application for COMPLETION
    • An incomplete application is as good as NO application.

  • PRINT your application before submission
    • You can use it as a reference for future scholarships.
    • If it gets lost, you have a spare.
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