Tips for a Successful Scholarship Application

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Hundreds of Phi Theta Kappa members apply for scholarships using the Spring Common App each year. So how do you make sure your application has a competitive edge?

 

Heather Johnson, Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Scholarship Programs, shares these tips that will help your scholarship application shine above the others!

Apply EARLY! • Deadlines can make or break you. • Official transcripts can take time to obtain, and overnight mailing is EXPENSIVE. • Online applications cannot be completed two hours ahead of deadline; give yourself time, as you might run into technological or login problems.

Apply OFTEN! Practice hones your writing skills and makes everything better.

Create a scholarship RESUME. You’ll want to include the following items:

  • Education
  • Campus Involvement
  • Community Service
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • Work Experience

Read the PURPOSE of the Scholarship.

Establish solid LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. • Choose someone who knows you well and can provide specific and pertinent information. • Explain the criteria of the award — photocopy the application for them. • Give recommenders ample time to compose their letter for you. Send thank-you notes to them afterwards.

When writing your ESSAY:

  • Stick to the topic.
  • Use vivid details. They’ll make your application stand out.
  • PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!

Your application should be NEAT and EASY TO READ. • Type everything (if paper) or proofread (if online). Never submit your first draft. • Organize information with bullets. • This is your one chance in front of the judges — make a good impression!

Have MULTIPLE persons CRITIQUE your application.

Double-check your application for COMPLETION.  An incomplete application is as good as NO application.

PHOTOCOPY or PRINT your application before submission. • You can use it as a reference. • If it gets lost, you’ll have a spare.

Above all, do not miss the deadline! Applications are due April 30, 2014!

Read more about the scholarships offered on the Spring Common Scholarship Application.