- Start early.
- Look around; the award for you may not be listed in the first place you look.
- Click here for possible funding resources.
- Ask parents and others about awards offered through employers or service clubs.
- Know your goals and how the award will help you achieve them.
Completing the Application
- Read eligibility requirements carefully. Apply only if you are eligible and make sure you demonstrate how you meet the criteria.
- If you have questions, ask.
- Know your strengths and don't be afraid to advertise them.
- Be yourself.
- Follow instructions.
- Don't leave items blank. Include all requested attachments.
- In your essays, go for quality, not quantity. Essays are usually your best opportunity to make your application stand out; give them the attention they deserve. Be personal and be specific.
- Proofread your application and any essays. Have someone else proofread them too.
- Choose references carefully; make sure they can describe why you are a good candidate for that award. If possible, choose individuals who can speak to different aspects of your qualifications. For example, one reference might be a teacher or professor; another reference might be your boss or former boss.
- Make copies of everything you send.
- Apply for all awards for which you are eligible, but tailor letters to suit each award.
- Apply on time, or better yet, early.
After You've Submitted Your Application
- E-mail or phone the organization about a week after you have submitted your application to make sure your application has been received.
- If any of your contact information changes, notify the organization providing the award.
- If you are offered an award, send a thank you letter. A personal letter is better than an email.
- Make sure you meet any award conditions on time. If you are having problems, contact the organization which offered you an award.
- If your application is declined, ask for feedback. It may help you be successful next time.
- Mantain your scholarship potential. Keep up your marks, athletics, leadership and volunteer work, and continue to look for scholarships as your progress through your studies.