Six Ways to Make Your Scholarship Application Shine!


In this era where college costs are soaring and grants at state colleges are diminishing, scholarships are more important than ever! Here are six ways to make your application stand out from the competition!

1.) Say what makes you unique. Are you a great athlete or a leader on your teams? How about a vegetarian, adopted or the first in your family to go to college?

2.) Show you’re involved. Extracurricular activities are a greatway to grow as a person. Expand on your passions and interests by joining a club or organization that’s related to your hobby, intended major or future career path.

3.) Volunteer. Make an impact by getting involved in community service and volunteer opportunities. The meaningful experiences you gain will show how well-rounded you are. Be sure to explain HOW these experiences have assisted your personal growth and helped you develop time management, problem-solving and organizational skills.

4.) Quality, not quantity, counts in highlighting your leadership roles. Show how your experiences have taught you people skills and how to successfully deal with conflicts.

5.) Be error-free and meet all deadlines.

6.) End with a statement that is both personal and shows your personality.

  • Start with a great “first impression” sentence or paragraph. Sell yourself, but tell the truth.
  • Don’t use clichés – be unique and incorporate emotions.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Use active, not passive, verbs.
  • Proofread several times and ask another person to proof it as well.


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