December 16, 2019

How to Apply

Applying For Scholarships:  A Brief Tutorial


Applying for your scholarships does not have to be a difficult task, if you play your cards correctly.  It is crucial that you keep your mind clear and that you don’t rush it.  Any puncutation or spelleing that seems out of place will be a red flag.  It is very important that you watch what you are doing, and always check over your work when you are finished.  For instance, it you end up spelling the name of your college wrongly, or even provide the wrong information for references, it not only diminishes your credibility, but it also annoys the reviewer.


Assets In All the Right Places


It is important to make you application easy to read.  A scholarship application reviewer, no doubt, must go through thousands of these documents on a yearly basis.  That must get very old, very quickly.  In addition to that, nothing would drive you crazy more than seeing stupid mistakes on an application.  So, if your application is easy to read, without any glaring errors, you’ve already made friends with the reviewer.  Reviewers are the gatekeepers, and it is important that you get them on your side.


Finding Your Sweet Spot


Say, for instance, that you don’t have strong references.  Or, you might not have the best of work histories.  Sometimes, these things are considered, but you need to outweigh them.  The reviewers are also people, and if you sway them in one direction with a strong part of your application, you might just make them forget about your tarnished side.

So, if you you don’t have solid references, then write an essay that is stellar.  Essays are one of the best ways to look like a solid applicant for the simple fact that you can take just about as long as you want on them, and they are a window into the essence of you.  If you boast a strong essay, but other parts of your application are lacking, you might just be able to squeak by the gatekeeper.


Knowing Your Audience


You need to know your audience.  For instance, if you are applying to a scholarship fund that is very “philanthropist friendly”, then be sure to describe all the times you volunteered, went on missions trips, etc.  Also, if you are applying to a military institution, then be sure to talk about your leadership abilities and even your family’s heritage with the military.  Not all applications are the same, and some need specific tailoring.

Also, make sure that you are not saying in two words what you could say in one word.  The easier your application is to read through, then your audience will not grow board reading it.  You want to make it very simple and easy to read, offering you a chance to get them to like you.


Getting Your Hooks In the Water


If you are currently applying for scholarships, one of your best practices is to save all of your work on the computer.  Don’t simply write out your essay, you should type it out first, and then attach it with a staple.  The importance here is that you gain the ability to reuse many of the answers on the application, especially the essay itself.  This will save you time, and it will allow you to apply to even more places.  The more places you can apply to, the better your chances of landing some serious scholarship money.  You don’t want to find yourself doing just enough scholarships to get none of them.  It’s best to get as many hooks in the water as possible.