As the cost of college schooling continues to rise and the total student debt continues to grow, scholarships can a fantastic tool for incoming college students. These awards are granted by many different organizations and groups, including the government. Here are a few fundamental steps to follow to win a college scholarship.
When you’re applying to multiple scholarships at the same time, it can be easy to get confused and mix up the deadlines. An easy way to avoid this and stay on course is by using a planner, calendar or spreadsheet to keep all pending applications in order. If you decide to use a spreadsheet, important information you should catalog includes the title and link to the reward, how much it’s worth, the deadline, and any requirements within the spreadsheet. You can even send your parents the spreadsheet to keep them informed on your progress.
It is also very important to keep all the materials you use when filling out applications. This will make the application processes a lot easier when applying to more scholarships down the line. Important items you need to keep track of include your resume, cover letters, transcripts, personal essays and letters of recommendation.
Last thing to do before submitting an application, is to be sure to review and revise all your answers. Use a spell and grammar checking application on your submission or enlist someone you trust to critique your application and offer feedback. For more information on how to prepare, organize, search and apply for college scholarships, see the accompanying infographic.