If you’re anything like high school me, you’re applying for as many scholarships as you can find to relieve some of the financial weight of college off your shoulders. It’s time-consuming, tedious and sometimes aggravating but we’ve put together three tips to help with the stress of the application process!
- Know your audience – It’s important to understand that every scholarship provider is looking for a student who meets certain criteria. Although many scholarship essays float around a general topic, it’s crucial that you know who you are writing to and what the essay requirements are. Refer back to the application for each scholarship and make sure to read over the questions/topic closely so that you can rest assured your essay is catered perfectly for each individual scholarship.
- Give your references time – The last thing you want to do is scramble for someone to write you a recommendation. Ask those people in your life early on for a letter of recommendation. It’s also helpful to have at least two or three, just in case a scholarship asks for more than one. Make sure you are giving your references at least two weeks to write your recommendation so they aren’t forced to quickly write something up at the last minute. You worked hard, you want that to show!
- Select a trustworthy editor – Not only is it important to have someone read over your essay for grammatical and spelling errors, but you also should have someone look over the application as a whole too. You want your application to stand out, be professional and consistent. Have someone you trust look over the entire application for clarity, spelling, grammatical errors and that you are completing each requirement for the scholarship.
Did you know that Educators Credit Union is giving away $70,000 in scholarship money to students heading off to college in 2018? That means 35 current high school seniors will be selected to receive $2,000!
Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors based on their academic record, participation in school and community activities, and their demonstration of one or more of Educators core values (honesty, integrity, fairness, respect and excellence). For more information on how to apply, click here.