Scholarships are a great way to pay for college and help you cover the costs of living at school. Scholarships can also be used for graduate school or for part-time study. In some cases, scholarships are even awarded based on academic performance or extracurricular activities. Scholarships don’t just apply to students who have qualified parents—you can apply for them too! But first things first: you need to research each scholarship opportunity thoroughly so that your application is perfect before submitting it!
Research the scholarship opportunity extensively
- Check the scholarship website for details. Look at the application requirements, deadlines, and instructions on how to apply.
- Contact the scholarship organization if you have any questions about their program or its application process.
Scholarship applications are often very long and require several essay responses, letters of recommendation, transcripts and other documents. Be sure to read the application requirements carefully so that you don’t miss anything important.
Prepare a list of documents needed to apply
- List of Documents Needed
- How to Find the Documents
- How To Make Copies of the Documents
You will need to provide copies of the following documents: -Proof of citizenship (a birth certificate or passport) -Proof of identity (a driver’s license, military ID card or passport)
Create application deadlines on your calendar
- Make sure you have a calendar.
- Create a separate calendar for each scholarship.
- Create a separate calendar for each application deadline and interview date.
Complete the scholarship application early
The earlier you apply, the more time you have to get organized. You can use this extra time to research the scholarship opportunity and prepare your personal statement, as well as practice interviewing skills.
You’ll also want to take advantage of this window of opportunity by preparing for interview questions ahead of time. It’s important that applicants come armed with answers prepared in advance if they want an edge over their competition on day one!
Prepare your personal statement in advance
The personal statement is the most important piece of your scholarship application and it should be addressed with care. It’s a chance for you to show how you are different from other applicants, but also how your achievements align with the objectives of the scholarship program.
You should start by brainstorming ideas about what types of scholarships interest you. Then, write down all those requirements on paper so that when you get into writing mode, everything will flow naturally from there:
- What kind of school do I want to attend?
- What skills would I need for admission?
- How will my activities outside school help me achieve these goals?
The first step is to create a folder on your computer that will be used to store all of the documents you need. It’s also important to keep track of deadlines, so make sure that you have an up-to-date calendar for everything related to scholarships and applications. If there are many scholarships being offered by different colleges, it might be helpful to create separate folders for each one so that they can be easily found when looking through past years’ worth of information about those awards.
We know that the prospect of applying for a scholarship can be overwhelming. Don’t let this discourage you—we’re here to help! Follow our tips to prepare yourself for scholarship opportunities, and you’ll be well on your way to getting into the college of your dreams.