Steps to Getting a Scholarship
Steps to getting a scholarship
possible, start the process at least two years before you need
remember that you will be applying for scholarships about a year
before you will actually receive the aid.
good grades. They will only help you and put you above the next
scholarships are awarded to students who are involved in
activities both in school and out. Well-rounded students have
the best chance of receiving scholarships.
clubs and organizations give scholarships to members and the
children or other relatives of members. Doing your research in
the beginning may help you obtain more scholarships.
out what makes you a special individual. This may include such
things as academics, volunteer work, athletics or your family
unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible
for aid such as being a foster child, having asthma, being a
single parent or having a disability.
Scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including
financial aid offices, libraries, local civic organizations,
your or your parents’ employer, local businesses, your high
school guidance office, the Internet or Student Outreach
Services (call 1-800-337-6884).
you collect all the information about the scholarships in
which you interested, you will need to contact the organization.
organizations will require that you contact them through the
mail to request applications and other pertinent information.
Some organizations will give potential applicants their phone
numbers and e-mail addresses to expedite the request for
the organization ample time to send you the necessary paperwork.
Be aware of all deadlines associated with applying.
you receive the application and understand all of the
information you are expected to send to the organization, you
wll need to apply for the scholarship.
organizations require information such as a completed
application, an essay, recommendations and/or a resume from
each applicant. Make sure you have given yourself plenty of time
to gather all of the required information.
scholarships have deadlines for applying. You may want to keep
a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not
let any expire.
you send in your completed application, make sure to
double-check the spelling and grammar. Nothing looks worse on a
scholarship application than a common spelling error.
that the application process takes time, and it could be months
before you are notified of any awards. Be aware that some
organizations will not send any follow-up correspondence if
you do not receive the award.
put your best effort into each application. Be neat and
organized — first impressions count!
provided by edamerica.
letter will help guide your hand
Many colleges and universities now have Web sites
where you can request admissions information. If you do not have
Internet access or the school you are interested in is not on
the Web, this sample letter can help you in requesting more
(Name of Admission Officer)
Office of Admissions
Name of College
Dear Mr. Name:
I am interested in your institution and would
greatly appreciate you sending me the following materials:
— A catalog.
— An application form.
— Financial aid information.
— Athletic scholarship information.
— A viewbook.
My personal profile, below, will give you a
general picture of my academic and extracurricular activities.
Social Security Number, High School ,High School
Graduation Date, Test Scores, Class Rank, Grade
Point Average, Advanced Placement Courses
Extracurricular Activities, Academic Interests,
Thank you for your time. I look forward to
hearing from you.
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