Different scholarships have different requirements and use their own criteria to select scholarship recipients.
Consider the following as you start your scholarship investigation:
- You may be required to write an essay, pass a written exam, or complete a project demonstrating your potential.
- Programs may specify how scholarship funds must be used, set time restrictions for disbursing the funds, or set a ceiling on qualifying family income.
- Scholarship funds may be paid directly to the college.
- Failure to meet certain requirements could jeopardize your ability to keep the scholarship.
There is no magic formula for applying for and receiving a scholarship. But these tips can start you on the right foot.
- Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all pertinent documents, and make copies of everything you submit. It is a good idea to send your applications by certified mail to ensure receipt.
- Be honest. Don't exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. It is better to focus on the scholarships for which you might be eligible.
- Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay; others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what is requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.
Sample scholarship information
The following text shows examples of information a typical scholarship may provide to applicants:
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Must be a high school senior or graduate at time of application.
- Must intend to major in computer science.
Number of recipients: Offered to 25 students annually
Award amount: Up to $4,500 for each academic year, renewable for three additional years.
123 Award Lane, Suite 322
Anytown, VA 20191
Deadline: June 1, 20XX
- Preference is given to students with financial need.
- Must rank in the top 25% of senior class.
- Must score 500 or higher on the SAT mathematics section.