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Tips for Scholarship Applicants 

You may want to create a scholarship resume as a reference in applying for various scholarships. However, consider the perspective of the donor or the purpose of the organization, then tailor your answers to their mission.

Address the questions asked. Write enough to let the selection committee get to know you as a student and as a person. Do not be too concise.

What are your education/career goals?

  • Be specific and accurate when describing your education goals.
  • Have you mapped out a realistic sequence to reach that goal?
  • How did you decide on these goals?
  • Do you have relevant employment or other experience?
  • Do you have special skills to support your goals?
  • Do you have a related personal or family experience which inspired you to choose this particular program?

What sets you apart from other candidates? Why should you receive the scholarship?

  • Are you a first-generation student, come from low-income background, of nontraditional age, a single parent, and disabled or caring for family members?
  • Explain how you have overcome obstacles.
  • What are your interests and how do they pertain? Example: Music, writing, working with the elderly, entrepreneur, environmental or social issues, computers, etc.

Do you have unusual financial need?

  • Cite specific needs (e.g. study abroad, new computer, art supplies, child care, commuting, etc.).

Final Tips

  • If possible, type the application, or write neatly.
  • Have someone else check your grammar and spelling. Impressions matter.
  • Give your references (if requested) advance warning; provide a copy of your scholarship application as a reference.
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