- Apply for anything and everything. Apply for anything you think you might be eligible to receive.
- Complete the application in full. Note if something is not applicable on the application. Do not leave items blank.
- Follow directions. Do not supply items not requested (e.g., transcripts, resumes, etc.).
- Neatness counts. Make photocopies for working drafts.
- Make sure your essay leaves an impression. Be personal and specific in your essays. Include concrete details. (Remember that the special circumstances essay is optional but highly recommended.)
- Watch all deadlines. Have a self-imposed deadline two weeks prior to the actual due date. Use this as proofreading time.
- Give it a final “once over” before you submit your application. You and another person should proofread the entire application carefully.
- Ask for help if you need it. If you need to, do not hesitate to call the funding organization.
- Take steps to make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Make a copy of the entire packet and keep it for your files. Make certain that your name appears on all pages.
- Remember, your scholarship application represents you!
Based on “FastWeb’s Tips for College Students” April 2000 www.fastweb.com