How to research and apply for scholarships

  • Do not limit yourself researching only in your major. (I.e. research according to courses you have taken, your sex, ethnicity, organizations you are part of or would like to be part of, hobbies, sports, etc.)
  • Not all scholarships are for those students with high GPA’s (3.0 or more), but it does help. There are a few scholarships out there for those students with below a 3.0 GPA.
  • Update your resume, some scholarships may require it. Please visit Career Services (AC-3E03) for help with this matter.
  • Reuse your Personal Statement/Essay and change according to scholarship questions. Be sure to have someone in the Writing Center (AC-1C18) proofread your Statement/Essay before you submit it.
  • Have more than one recommendation (faculty member, community leader, and/or employer).
  • Some may want a head shot, a picture of your face looking professional.
  • Some may require that you file for FASFA.  They want to see whether you are receiving Finical Aid or not. Scholarships requiring this information may use to see if you have financial need or not. Each scholarship may consider financial need differently.
  • Keep track of the scholarships you apply for on a spreadsheet. Use it to follow up on the status of your application.
  • If you get a scholarship, always send a Thank You note to the person or organization that gave you this gift.

Not all scholarships are the same, so the skies the limit. Apply and let them turn you down.

Good Luck!!!

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