Scholarship search & application tips
To be considered for as many scholarships as possible, begin your search a year in advance. Many programs have January or February deadlines for the upcoming academic year, although deadlines may vary. Your time is well spent: awards range from $500 up to $5,000, or more.
Look close to home.
In addition to searching for scholarships at the University and nationally, be sure to ask about scholarships from your or your parent's employers, faith organization, civic and community groups, high school, and other sponsors.
Match yourself to the scholarship.
Find a program that matches your interests, goals, background, and abilities. Submitting a few well-chosen applications is a better use of your time than applying carelessly for many scholarships that might (or might not) be a good fit.
Read requirements carefully.
Sadly, students often submit incomplete applications. Follow the directions exactly to increase your chances of an award. If you don't have essential information about the criteria or application process, contact the college, department, or organization offering the scholarship for more information.
Take your time.
Present yourself well by preparing a meticulous and thoughtful application, whether completing a printed or online form. Make sure you specifically address the questions asked in a personal statement or essay. Be sure to include all the required documentation, including letters of recommendation.
Don't emphasize financial need.
If asked, describe your financial situation accurately. Try to express a difficult financial situation in terms of an obstacle you have overcome.
Make your application legible.
If you submit a paper application, select a standard font (Times or Helvetica) in a size, such as 12 point, that is easy to read. Do not submit hand-written materials.
Double-check your information.
Be sure to proofread and sign your application, if required. Make sure that you include all the required materials and save copies for your reference before you seal the envelope or click the send button.