Winning a Scholarship Award
Searching for and finding scholarships is only the first half of the process.
You still need to apply for each scholarship you are trying to win. Applying for
scholarships can be time consuming and takes dedication and motivation. But the
thousands of dollars you could receive makes the effort worthwhile. Below are
some hints to help you apply for and win scholarships.
- Be proactive. No one is going to track you down to give you a
scholarship; you need to do the legwork yourself. So when you find awards with
eligibility criteria that you can meet, contact the provider and request a
scholarship application packet. Whether you have to request the application via
email, phone or by sending in a self-addressed stamped envelope, do it. There's
just no other way to get the ball rolling than to be proactive and assertive in
requesting information for yourself.
- Be timely. Almost all scholarship providers set deadlines, and you
MUST adhere to them. Make sure you have all materials submitted before the
deadline. If the scholarship deadline is approaching and you have not yet even
received the scholarship application packet that you requested four weeks
earlier, follow-up with the provider and request the scholarship application packet again.
You do not want to miss a deadline, as most scholarship providers do not
consider late applicants.
- Be organized. Good organizational skills can really pay off -
literally! Keep your scholarship applications ordered by deadline date and give yourself
plenty of time to complete them and send them in well before the due date. Keep
letters of recommendation and transcripts on hand so you don't have to obtain
new ones every time they are required for an application. Make copies of your
completed scholarship applications before sending them in, and file them in folders labeled
with the deadline date and the mailing address and phone number of the
scholarship provider. Call before the deadline to see if your scholarship
application was received. If it got lost in the mail (the postal service is not
perfect!), you still have an extra copy you can send in.
- Be persistent. The scholarship search process doesn't just happen
overnight. You must be diligent about looking for new scholarships to apply for.
Plan to spend several hours each month reviewing the scholarship programs with
deadlines approaching, preparing application packets, and getting the
applications in the mail on time. And then the cycle should begin again -
finding scholarships, sending away for application information, and applying in
an organized, timely manner.
- Be positive. Finally, believe in yourself and in your chances of
winning a scholarship. Hard work and time spent on the scholarship process will
pay off eventually. Keep your chin up and think about how great the reward will
be if you can land even one of the scholarships you're trying for! After all,
your education depends on it!
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