- Do not wait until the last minute to apply.
- Submit applications on time.
- Read eligibility criteria carefully.
- Complete applications thoroughly. Use the phrase “does not apply” to answer questions you might leave blank- NEVER SUBMIT AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION.
- Ask in advance for Letters of Recommendation.
- Ask for more than two Letters of Recommendation.
- Proofread your application. (The Writing Center is a great resource!)
- Apply to specific scholarships.
- Start by brainstorming; don’t worry about being perfect on the first draft.
- Be prepared to write multiple drafts.
- Use your essay to say something unique about you!
- Once your essay has been redrafted, proofed, and drafted again, save it. Many scholarships ask very similar questions.
- Respect the space limit. If the directions ask for a 1-2 page essay, do not submit more than 2 pages.
Avoid Scholarship Scams — note these telltale signs:
- "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
- "You can't get this information anywhere else."
- "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
- "We'll do all the work."
- "The scholarship will cost some money."
- "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship’ or ‘You're a finalist,’ in a contest you never entered."
To file a complaint, or for free information, students or parents should call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
or visit: http://www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams.