The new Fall Scholarship Application is now open, and applying for more than half a million dollars in Phi Theta Kappa scholarships has never been easier.
Students will find a more streamlined and user-friendly online submission process, allowing them to upload letters of recommendation that are replacing the previous assessments.
Available scholarships include:
- Fall Scholarship Application — Deadline: December 1, 5 p.m. CT
- All-USA Community College Academic Team
- Coca-Cola New Century Scholars
- Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team,
- Guistwhite Scholarships
- Hites Transfer Scholarships
- Regional Scholarships
- Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship
- All-State Academic Teams (offering an additional $41 million in scholarships)
- Other Scholarships
- MEME 4 Money: GEICO’s Creativity Scholarship — Deadline: October 4, 5 p.m. CT
- Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship — Deadline: November 1, 5 p.m. CT
- GEICO Pathway to Completion Master’s Degree Scholarship — Deadline: December 1, 5 p.m. CT
Here are eight tips to get you started:
1. Tie It All Together
Before starting your scholarship essays, think about how your past, present and future tie together. What led you to your current passion? What made you decide on this career path?
2. Lead vs. Participate
You don’t have to be a chapter president to ace a scholarship application, but write about opportunities where you led a special project or planned an event versus simply participating.
3. It’s in the Details
Explain your involvement thoroughly. Use numbers when possible, include examples, and don’t fudge on the facts.
4. Use Action Words
Use active phrases like “I facilitated,” “I founded,” or “I implemented.” Don’t be shy about expressing the amount of work and leadership you’ve put into your activities.
5. Don’t Overshare
Show your personality and share your challenges, but don’t write a sob story. Judges are looking for resilience and success, not just misfortune.
6. Fill in the Blanks
Make sure you answer every part of every question. A complete application is much more likely to be competitive.
7. Ask for Recommendations Early
Professors get busy closer to finals, and you don’t want to be scrambling to find someone who will write a letter for you at the last minute. Don’t delay in asking those who know you best.
8. Double Check
Ask at least two other people to look over your application — don’t rely on Spellcheck. Errors will impact your score, and you want to present yourself in the best possible way.
Need more help? Check out these scholarship resources.