Another important element you want to consider early on is finding out what scholarships you’re actually eligible for, as some will have specific criteria. By doing careful research you’ll be able to find the scholarships most appropriate for you and then you can spend time working on your application for them.
It pays to be organized when it comes to working on your scholarship application. To begin with, make a note of the scholarships you’re planning on applying for, so that you can keep track of them easily and not miss any important deadlines.
It is also a good idea to keep all of your scholarship material in a separate folder. That way you will always know where it is, and make sure you have the most up-to-date information in there.
Include all required information
When you’re applying for scholarships, you may think that it’s more effective to apply for many scholarships, instead of spending more time on just a few. If you do this, however, you may miss out some vital information on your application. Make sure you have all of the information that the selection panel has requested in your application. An application with missing items does not make the best first impression, particularly if these are items they have specifically requested.
See the checklist at the bottom of this article to see what you need to include.
Think about presentation
A scholarship application is very similar to a job interview. If you want to make a good impression, spelling mistakes and illegible writing don’t look good. Be sure to spend time checking these, and if you’re asked to fill in a form in a particular way, make sure you do. Before you send it, ask a family member or friend to proof-read it for you. They may find a mistake that you didn’t pick up on.
Provide correct information
This goes without saying, but make sure the details you’re entering in are correct. Getting your contact details or other personal information wrong, or misspelling something, will make you look extremely unprofessional, as well as potentially delaying the process – so make sure you triple check before sending off the forms.
In some cases you may need to provide references or referees in your application. It’s important to choose these people carefully; after all, there’s a lot hanging on this application. You also need to let each of your referees know when you are applying for a scholarship and tell them something about the kind of skills and experience you need to demonstrate. This enables them to write a considered reference that highlights the parts of your application that you want to stand out.