As you get ready to apply for scholarships, keep in mind that different scholarships have their own qualifying criteria and require certain documents. These tips can help as you choose which scholarships to apply for.

  1. Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all documents, and make copies of everything you submit. It’s a good idea to send your applications by certified mail to make sure they’re received.
  2. Be honest. Don’t exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. You’re more likely to receive scholarships if you focus on the ones that match your interests and skills.
  3. Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay while others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what’s requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.
  4. Personalize your essay and be passionate. Write about something of interest to you. Make your application stand out from the crowd. Talk about your impact on other people. Give examples and be specific.
  5. Google your name and make sure you have a professional online profile. Use a professional email address, such as firstname.lastname@gmail.com. Clean up the content of your Facebook account, removing inappropriate and immature material.
  6. Proofread a printed copy of your essay and the application for spelling and grammar errors.
  7. Make a photocopy of your application before mailing it. Send the application by certified mail, return receipt requested or with delivery confirmation.