Scholarship Application Tips For Students
- Look into the scholarships offered through the institution you are planning to attend
- Prioritize state, local, or school level scholarship applications. There is a higher likelihood of receiving these awards because there is a smaller application pool.
- Make a copy of the original application so you can use it as a working application
- Read the entire application, carefully.
- Request letters of recommendations and school transcripts, well before the deadline.
- Track hours and level of involvement in extra-curricular, volunteer, and community service activities. Numbers are more impressive on applications.
- If the application asks for hours involved in a project, be specific, do not write, “varies”
- Enclose everything the application requests, i.e., fees, application fees, recommendations, transcripts, OR you can make arrangements for these items to be sent separately; do not include anything that is not specified
- Do not use acronyms until you have used the entire title once, with the acronym in parentheses
Writing an essay is one part of a college or scholarship application that a student has the most control over. Some applications have be looked over because of simple spelling errors. OSAC scholarship application requires 4 personal statements.
Tips for Students:
- Pay attention to prompts and required formats for each application
- Review committees want to read a response for the essay prompt, not a generic response. Students need to craft their essay for each application and remember to answer all the questions, especially prompts with multiple questions
- Reuse essays, but make sure students edit them to fit each specific application
- Make essays clear and interesting, stick to the formatting guidelines, and encourage proofreading. Essays should be edited multiple times
- Essays offer an opportunity for students to convince someone to believe and invest in them, so they should take time to think about what is important to communicate about themselves
- Review committees throw out essays that do not adhere to their required format. Make sure students adhere to all page or word count limitations
- Plan time effectively. Take note of application deadlines
- Brainstorm each essay with your students and use "My Unique Qualities" for ideas
- Invite a panel of readers to edit your students' essays
- Students can recycle essays within reason
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