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Scholarship search tips


  1. The earlier you begin your search, the better. Do as much research as you can, and apply for every scholarship for which you are eligible.
  2. It is never too late to apply for scholarships, even if you have already started you college career.
  3. Meeting deadlines is crucial! Most programs have limited funding, and may accept applications after the due date.
  4. Follow directions. Provide everything that is requested, but no more than is required.
  5. List all activities and honors. Highlight those that are relevant to the scholarship in your essays.
  6. Neatness counts. Complete your application using a computer if possible. If the forms aren't available online, then try to find a typewriter to complete the application.
  7. Make a photocopy of the application before you begin, if you use a typewriter or printing to complete. If you make a mistake, you can start fresh with a clean copy. Also make a copy of the completed application, so you can resend it if the original is lost.
  8. Ask for help if you need it. If you have problems with the application, don't hesitate to call the funding organization.
  9. Write an essay that makes a strong impression. Tell a story, use personal examples and be specific.
  10. Choose references who know you well. Give them plenty of time to write the letter of recommendation. If you know someone else applying for the same scholarship, try to use different references.
  11. Give your application (and/or essay) a final "review." Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread it.

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