5 Steps to WINNING the Application
Attacking The Scholarship Application
- Strategically Choose What To List
- List Important Accomplishments First
- Spin Your Application To Impress The Judges
- Write To Impress
- Separate Yourself From The Competition
Scholarship Do's and Don'ts
Top Ten Application Do's and Don'ts
- DON"T prioritize quantity over quality. It's not the quantity of your accomplishments that is important. It's the quality of you contributions. So you should not try and join every club club in school and run for president of all your clubs. Being a president of a club and doing nothing is far worse than not being in a club at all. So choose just a couple and work to make that club successful. They only care about what you do rather than what you are in.
- DON'T stretch the truth. Tall tales are prohibited. Just when you think a little white lie will be overlooked, guess again. More often than not your interview will be checked out. Remember, someone is going to invest a lot of money in your education. So what you say will be reviewed and checked.
- DON'T squeeze to the point of illegibility. Scholarship applications afford minimal space. It's impossible to fit in everything that you want to say. Don't try by sacrificing legibility.
- DON'T write when you have nothing to say. If you don't have something meaningful to present, leave it blank.
- DON'T create white-out globs. If it's that sloppy, start over.
- DON'T procrastinate. DON'T think you can finish your application the night before they are due.
- DON'T settle for less than perfect. You can have imperfections. Just don't let the selection committee know.
- DON'T miss deadlines. No matter the reason, if you miss the deadline, you won't win the scholarship.
- DON'T turn in incomplete applications. Make sure your application is finished before sending it.
- DON'T underestimate what you can convey. Scholarship applications may appear to be short and simple. Don't undervalue them. In a small space, you can create a powerful story of why you should win.
- DO understand the scholarship's mission. Know why they are paying out the big bucks.
- DO remember who your audience is. You need to address animal rights activists and retired dentists differently.
- DO show how you fit with the scholarship's mission. You're not going to win unless you have what the selection committee wants.
- DO be proud of your accomplishments. Don't be afraid to brag.
- DO focus on leadership and contributions. Make your contributions known.
- DO make your application stand out.
- DO practice to make sure everything fits. Make practice copies of the original form before you begin filling it out. Then use your spare copies for trial and error.
- DO get editors. They will help you create the best, error-free applications you can.
- DO include and resume. Whether they ask for it or not, make sure you include a tailored scholarship resume.
- DO make copies of your final application for reference. Save them for next year when you do this all over again.
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