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Scholarship Tips

Scholarship Tips

Important tips to remember when applying for scholarships or academic programs.
 

1. Scholarship applications are available in the Counselors’ office.  You may also request your own scholarship application.

2. The counselors will assist you with additional information upon request.

3. Look for scholarship announcements.

4. Be aware of the following items on each application.

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Deadline
  • Number of recommendation letters required
  • Specifically who these letters must be from
  • Address where application must be submitted
  • Special instructions or requirements

5. When requesting letters of recommendation, please remember:

  • Be considerate. Give the person enough time to write a letter of recommendation.
  • Be specific. Give deadline.
  • Be helpful. Give them your resume.
  • Be careful. Make sure the letters are directed to the correct scholarship.
  • Be complete. Make sure scholarship and or/college applications are signed.

6 Keep photocopies of everything you submit. Create a filing system.

7. Don’t wait to be accepted by a school. Apply for scholarship or financial aid as if you have already been accepted.

8 Mail all applications using return receipt and/or certified mail. This will assure you that the university or organization has received your application.

9 Deadlines are very important. Please remember:

  • Deadline means the last day an application may be turned in. You may turn in applications early!  Be aware of postmark guidelines if mailing applications.
  • Each university and scholarship committee sets their own deadline. Students may submit the scholarship  application directly.
  • Students will be required to complete and submit these applications on their own.

10 Other considerations for a successful junior/senior year.

  • Apply for SAT and/or ACT exams.
  • Decide which 3-4 college/universities you would like to attend and apply for admissions.
  • College visitations will help you choose the college of your choice.
  • Apply for financial aid after January 1, 2016.  FAFSA priority deadline is March 1.  www.fafsa.ed.gov