Scholarship Tips

Scholarship Tips

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

Essay Tips


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

Success Tips

  • 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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