Tips on Applying for Scholarships
- Apply only if you are eligible. Read the application and the criteria carefully.
- If you have questions, ask.
- Start early; applying for a scholarship takes time and effort. Applications that are compiled hastily will not fully showcase your qualifications.
- Include all requested attachments and do not leave items blank.
Tips for Responses:
- Go for quality, not quantity.
- Make sure to relate your experiences directly to the criteria.
- Describe how your experiences have impacted yourself and others.
- Be specific, keeping your writing succinct and to the point.
- Proofread your application and responses, and have them proofread by another individual.
Tips for References:
- Do not use colleagues, friends, family friends, or family members as references.
- Choose references who can speak to different aspects of your character and experience, and describe why you are a good candidate for the scholarship.
- Provide your references with information about the scholarship and its criteria. Let them know what you hope they can highlight about your character and achievements.
Tips for Leadership Scholarships:
Most successful candidates demonstrate that they:
- Are not just participants or joiners, but are initiators, innovators, mentors or motivators with vision;
- Have taken on a leadership position and learned from it;
- Have taken a project or organization from A to B;
- Have effected change in their communities or the lives of others.