Scholarship Application Help

Application Tips

  • 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.

Essay Suggestions

  • 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.