Scholarship Search Tips

Here are 10 tips to make your scholarship search more effective:

  1. 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.
  2. Meeting deadlines is crucial! Most programs have limited funding, and may not even consider applications received after the due date.
  3. Follow directions. Provide everything that is requested, but no more than is required.
  4. List all activities and honors. Highlight those that are relevant to the scholarship in your essays.
  5. Neatness counts. Type your application.
  6. 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.
  7. Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, don't hesitate to call the funding organization.
  8. Write an essay that makes a strong impression. Tell a story, use personal examples, and be specific.
  9. Choose references who know you well. Give them plenty of time to write the letter of recommendation.
  10. Give your application (and/or essay) a final "once-over." Ask a friend, teacher, or parent to proofread it.