How to Apply for College Scholarships
Scholarship Application Process
The only way to have a shot at winning scholarships is to apply for scholarships. You need to apply early, and apply often. If you miss a deadline and send your application in late, you go to the bottom of the pile. If you skip out on an award because you think you don’t have a good shot at landing that award, you could be missing out on an opportunity for some generous funding, and free funding that you won’t need to pay back.
When you’re ready to start applying, it’s important to get organized. One of the most important steps once you find an award that interests you is to read the directions, qualifications, and fine print carefully (an award you have to pay for to receive could be a scholarship scam). You may even find some of the work you do can be applied to multiple scholarship applications – such as an essay or writing sample. Be sure you read the directions for those essays carefully, though. Make sure you’re answering the essay question accurately and thoughtfully, as many judges will look to those essays to narrow down a long list of applicants. Start working on those essays early, and for honest feedback, ask teachers or your peers.
If it sounds too easy, that’s because it actually is easy to apply for scholarships. Some may require that you put in some time, but once you’ve completed an application or two you might find it will get easier and take less time with each additional one. Don’t psych yourself out or let yourself get overwhelmed by all you need to do before you graduate high school. Start early and work diligently and it will pay off. And remember: you’re not alone. Many students feel unprepared when they’re starting the process, but will a little research, preparation and a little hard work, you could be on your way to an impressive financial aid package.
For help with your scholarship process, please contact our staff.