- The more time you give yourself, the more successful your search will be.
- If possible, start the process at least two years before you need the aid.
- Always remember that you should apply for scholarships about a year before you will actually receive the aid.
2. GET INVOLVED
- Often scholarships are awarded to students who are involved in activities both in school and out of school. A well–rounded student has a great opportunity of receiving scholarships.
- Many clubs and organizations have scholarships associated with them. Doing your research in the beginning may help you obtain more scholarships.
3. DO RESEARCH
- Figure out what makes you a special individual. This could include such things as academics, community service, athletics or your family background.
- Consider unique circumstances or conditions that might make you eligible for aid such as being a foster child, having asthma, being a single parent or having a disability.
- Scholarship opportunities can be found in many places including financial aid offices, libraries, local civic organizations, your (or your parents’) employers, local businesses, your high school guidance counselor’s office, the Internet and/or Student Outreach Services (call 1-888-2-outreach).
4. SEND AWAY FOR APPLICATIONS AND INFORMATION
- After you collect all of the information about the scholarships for which you are interested in applying, you will need to contact the organization.
- Most organizations will require that you contact them via regular mail or internet to request applications and other pertinent information. Some organizations will give potential applicants their phone numbers and email addresses to expedite the request information.
- Give the organization ample time to send you the necessary paperwork. Be aware of all deadlines associated with applying.
- Once you receive the application and understand all of the information that you are expected to send to the organization, apply for the scholarship.
- Information required from most organizations will include a completed application, an essay, recommendations, and/or a resume. Make sure you have given yourself plenty of time to gather all of the required information.
- Most scholarships have deadlines for applying. You may want to keep a calendar with all of the deadlines listed so that you do not let any expire.
- Before you send in your completed application, make sure to double check for spelling and grammar errors. Put your best effort forward, be neat and organized –First impressions count!
- Remember that the application process takes time and it could be months before you are notified of any awards. It’s not uncommon for there to be no follow-up correspondence from the organization, as they receive numerous applications.