Four Tips for Turning In the Best Scholarship Application

Four Tips for Turning in the Best Scholarship Application

Last week we gave some tips on how to look for scholarships, and this week we are bringing you four tips to remember when applying those scholarships!

Read on to see the four ways that you can increase your chances of success when applying for scholarships:

1. Apply to all scholarships, no matter how big or small the reward is.

There are plenty of people who disregard smaller scholarships because they do not believe that they are worth their time. Do not fall into this trap! Whether the scholarship is for $200 or $200,000, they are all worth your time. Those little scholarships add up and result in a big payoff for you. Don’t believe me? Read about this high school senior who was offered $7.6 million in scholarships. On the other hand, don’t let bigger scholarships scare you away. However big or small the scholarship is, it is worth the chance.

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2. Recycle your essays.

If you want to apply to hundreds of scholarships, you will not be able to write an original essay for every single scholarship. Luckily, most scholarships ask similar questions; so with a few tweaks, you will be able to apply to multiple scholarships with the same essay, saving you a lot of time.

3. Don’t rush.

It is important to find the places where you can save your time, but don’t rush through the application process. Take the time to sit down with each application and make sure that there are no typos or grammatical errors. Depending on the scholarship you are applying to, typos may be automatic grounds for rejecting an application.

4. Find trusted recommendations.

Most scholarships (especially the bigger ones) require two or three letters of recommendation from employers, teachers, or professors. At the beginning of your search, seek out five or six people that you trust to write your recommendation letters. Explain to them that you will be applying to multiple scholarships over a certain period of time and ask if they would be okay with writing recommendation letters for you during that time. This eliminates the stress of running around last second trying to find a recommendation before the scholarship deadline.

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Use these tips and you'll be filling out stellar scholarship applications in no time! Let us know on Facebook if you have any tips of your own!

Rachel Morris