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We hope you’re finding great matches throughout your scholarship search. Deadlines are inching closer, with many scholarship applications due in February and March. It’s tempting to wait until the last minute and submit your application quickly, but before you do, ask for feedback – everyone needs a second pair of eyes. The sooner you complete your application, the faster you can get them into the hands of someone with the capability and skill to double check grammatical and spelling errors and offer suggestions. “Who should review my scholarship essays and applications?” you ask? They won’t take long to find because you already know them! Consider enlisting the help of some of these everday influencers in your life:
Not just any teacher, but your favorite teacher. Seek out a teacher who you’re confident will be able to take the time to look over your scholarship materials carefully. Selecting an English teacher will be an advantage because writing and grammar are their expertise and of course those need the most attention when it comes to scholarship applications.
2. Guidance Counselor
Your counselor has probably helped you find scholarships, so why not have them help you revise your scholarship application? They’re your one-stop shop for everything scholarship-related and will be able to share some insider tips on what makes a winning scholarship essay.
You may not realize it, but you do have a mentor out there who’s waiting to help. This person may be your coach, neighbor, tutor, or religious leader. Whoever this person is, they’ll be pleased that you’ve come to them for help with your scholarship application. They know your strengths and can offer tips on how to personalize your essay so it stands out against the competition.
Aside for your mentor, if you have a good relationship with your manager or supervisor, they likely won’t mind helping out. Many managers beam at any opportunity to help their employees grow and achieve educational success. Your supervisor knows you well outside of the classroom and can thus offer important insight into how you craft your responses.
Don’t hesitate to ask your parents or guardians for assistance. Do tread carefully though and avoid letting them write or rewrite your essay. It’s perfectly okay, however, to have them check for grammar and spelling errors and offer suggestions that will make your essay shine.
You’ve finally finished that scholarship application. PFEW! Now you’re ready to submit it. But wait! Make sure you double check all of these important things before submitting your application.
Follow the Instructions
One of the most important things to check before submitting your application is to make sure that you’ve followed the application instructions to the letter. Did you include all the required elements? Did you keep your essay under the word limit? When you follow the instructions, not only does it speak highly of you to the scholarship committee, it also automatically gives you a leg up over any other applicants who may not have followed the instructions. Many scholarship committees even go so far as to disqualify any applicants who don’t follow the instructions.
Make sure that the appearance of your application represents you well. Thoroughly proofread everything you wrote and check for any errors. If any part of your application was handwritten, go over it again to ensure it is completely legible. If you’re submitting a paper application, make sure your pages are clean and neatly organized. Unless specifically requested, don’t use any special presentation materials, such as report binders or folders; these can make it difficult for the scholarship committee. Let the quality of the content in your application speak for itself without any bells and whistles.
Before sealing your application, ensure that the address you are sending your application to is not only the correct one, but is correctly and clearly written. Scholarship committees usually specify an address to send your application materials to, and it’s not always the same address that’s listed in the Contact Us section of their website. If sending your materials electronically, take care to spell the email address correctly, or your application could end up somewhere in cyberspace instead of in the inbox of the scholarship committee.
Finally, make sure your application will arrive with plenty of time before the deadline. Sometimes scholarship committees require your application to be postmarked by the deadline date and other times they require your application to be received by the deadline date. Whatever the case may be, ensure your application will arrive on time. You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste!
After you’ve sent off your application, pat yourself on the back for a job well done! If you follow this checklist, you can be confident about every scholarship application you submit.
Looking for more scholarships to apply for? We’ve got thousands of them here at Cappex!
There are so many scholarship opportunities out there, and as a blogger for Cappex, I feel it is my pseudo-superhuman duty to bestow some of them upon you for you to click on.
Students get so severely stressed out about finding scholarships even though there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of scholarships out there to be had. A little work just has to go into it. Maybe some organization, some time to actually apply, some more time to review your work, and maybe a little more time to make it extra super appealing to whoever will be reading your application.
Just because you apply for a scholarship doesn’t mean you’ve done a good job at showing the scholarship providers that you deserve it. But you probably do deserve a nice hunk of free money; so take the time these scholarship applications probably deserve instead of just crossing your fingers that some Wizard of Oz type person will just pick your name out of a hat. Give youself a step up!
Start now. See if you’re a match for these scholarships, all due before 2012.
1. Dr Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway
Deadline: December 31
Award range: $2,500-$100,000
Quick fact: Open to high school juniors through college juniors, Dr Pepper will be awarding 50 different students with big, like really big, scholarships.
2. ScholarshipPoints.com Scholarship
Deadline: December 14
Award range: $500-$10,000
Quick fact: This scholarship’s application process shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.
3. Most Valuable Student Award
Deadline: December 2
Award range: $1,000-$15,000
Quick fact: Open to all high school students, this scholarship is renewable, which means it actually can add up to $60,000 total!
4. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Student Essay Contest
Deadline: November 11
Award range: $50-$100
Quick fact: Available for all high school students.
5. STOP hunger Scholarships
Deadline: December 5
Award range: $5,000
Quick fact: All grades, high school and up, with volunteer or community service are eligible to apply for this renewable scholarship–remember, renewable.
6. Imagine America Scholarship Program
Deadline: December 31
Average award: $1,000
Quick fact: High school seniors and college freshman must be attending or plan to attend a participating US career college.
7. Ecologist Initiative Scholarship
Deadline: December 31
Average award: $850
Quick fact: This scholarship is meant to engage young people from around the world in environmental clean-up and conservation projects. If that’s passion of yours, apply!
Will you apply to any of these? How much time do you spend on scholarships applications?
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