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What are some tips on applying for scholarships?

May 09, 2013

HELPFUL TIPS:

  1. KNOW DEADLINES!
  2. When applying for private scholarships, fellowships, grants and other financial resources, READ THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FIRST. Save yourself time and energy by not applying for scholarships with qualifications you don’t match.
  3. If you meet the basic requirements for an award, APPLY!
  4. Apply to as many sources as possible.
  5. Be complete and concise, but also creative.
  6. Apply as far in advance as possible.
  7. Avoid spelling and grammatical errors; have someone else read and proofread your application before you submit the application.
  8. Complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Always apply for need-based financial aid first.
  9. Apply annually.
  10. Get a large calendar and plot the deadlines of applications; look at it every day.
  11. Set up a scholarship file which has copies or your letters, transcripts, and personal statements to save time.
  12. NEVER become discouraged!
  13. Don’t take rejection personally. The days of “If you work hard and get good grades you will automatically get scholarships” are gone. Universities would love to award EVERY deserving student, but limited scholarship dollars make this impossible.
  14. Look at applying for scholarships as a PART-TIME JOB. If you spend ten (10) hours applying for scholarships and receive a $1,000 scholarship…you made $100 PER HOUR!

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