winning application tips
Incomplete scholarship applications are not eligible for consideration. In the online system, you will not be able to submit your application until each section is 100% complete. Follow these steps to ensure a complete submission.
Remember - be honest and be yourself. Your scholarship application represents YOU!
Suggestions for Completion
Application - Give your application the time, attention, and preparation that it deserves.
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Read and follow the instructions carefully, completing all sections.
- Use the preview feature to proof read your work.
Short Answers - It is your job to make your answers stand out from the rest.
- Proofread your work. Ask a parent, friend, or teacher to proofread your completed application.
- If you are asked, do not be afraid to highlight your strengths and to talk about yourself.
- See additional tips in the following section: Writing the Scholarship Essay.
Recommendations - Make sure the people you ask to complete recommendation forms know you well. Send your recommendation requests early so your contacts have ample time to follow through.
Deadlines - You are responsible for making sure that ALL parts of the application are complete.
- Financial aid offices and scholarship personnel adhere to them.
- If letters of recommendation or transcripts are required, give the people who will provide these documents generous lead-time.
Records - MAKE A COPY OF THE APPLICATION FOR YOUR FILE!
- Keep a written record of scholarships for which you have applied.
- Make a note of deadlines, requirements, and responses.
Writing Your Short Answers
We strongly recommend that you work on your answers in a separate document where you can easily review and proofread your work. Cut and paste your work into the online system once you are satisfied that they are complete and represent you well.
The foundation's Scholarship Review Committee will have many applications to review. Write a piece that grabs their attention during the review process. This is your job!
- Be personal and specific.
- Include details about yourself so the reader can get to know who you are and what you stand for.
- Be truthful and honest.
- Think before you write. Brainstorm to generate some good ideas and then create an outline to follow when you write. Expect to edit your draft! If you are required to address specific questions, express your answers clearly.
- Be original. Be creative in your answers. Do not be afraid to highlight your strengths and to talk about yourself.
- Don’t tell us, show us. Use concrete examples to individualize your writing and demonstrate the point you want to make. Avoid vague references or cliches. Instead, use descriptive words to make a strong impression.
- Know your audience. Personal statements are not “one size fits all.” Write your piece to fit the requirements of that scholarship fund. Hint: Read about the people who established the scholarship fund by browsing the scholarship funds the foundation’s online application portal.
- Proofread. Check the spelling and grammar. Ask a parent, friend, teacher, or counselor to proofread your completed application.