Tips for a Winning Scholarship Application
Did you know November is National Scholarship Month? As a form of financial aid that does not need to be repaid, scholarships help students realize their dreams and make college more financially attainable. So, in observance of National Scholarship Month, here are some scholarship application tips to help you improve your chances of success:
Don’t forget to submit local. Don’t limit yourself when it comes to submitting scholarship applications – while national scholarships often tend to get more attention, don’t forget to search for local scholarship opportunities! Not only will you only be competing against other students in your area, but you’ll also support local initiatives in your community!
Speaking of local – did you know U.S. Eagle offers annual scholarship opportunities? The application period will open January 2020.
Make your essay shine. Scholarship providers spend countless hours reviewing scholarship applications and essays that are responding to the same prompt, so make yours stand out! For example, let’s imagine that the essay question is “why do you want to study medicine?” A good majority of the applicants will respond with something like “I want to help people.” While it’s a perfectly acceptable reason, it doesn’t make for a very interesting essay.
Instead, try approaching the essay differently by telling a story about a doctor you once had, the first time you felt inspired to study medicine, or a dream you have that medicine can help you achieve.
Do your research. Not only is it a great way to make sure that the scholarship is legitimate, but it can give you an advantage on your application. Take some time to find out the type of person they’re looking for and play on your strengths to show them that you’re the perfect candidate.
You may also want to see if the profiles of past winners are available on the scholarship provider’s website.