Top 10 Scholarship Don'ts
Here are the top 10 Scholarship Don'ts that could increase your
chances of winning.
Scholarship judges may spend just a few precious minutes or
even seconds reviewing your scholarship application. With
such a finite amount of time to make a lasting impression on
these important decision makers, it's crucial that you make
the most of this opportunity. If not, your application may be
on the fast track to the circular file. To help, here are the
Top 10 Scholarship Don'ts that you must know to increase your
chances of winning.
Don't overlook your college financial aid officer
or guidance counselor . Helping students pay for
college is their job, and you should take advantage of the
knowledge they've accumulated.
Don't ignore the Internet . Fire up the
computer, and use free web-based scholarship searches
like ours to find more scholarships.
Don't ignore small awards . When there are
scholarships worth tens of thousands of dollars, you might
think you shouldn't bother with the ?small potato? awards.
The truth is that a $1,000 scholarship is $1,000 less that
you will need to come up with for college
Don't think that you have to be an academic or
athletic superstar to win . There are scholarships
based on leadership, art, music, theatre, community service
Don't be a victim of a scholarship scam .
Never pay for a scholarship search, to apply for a
scholarship or for a listing of awards. You can find
scholarships on your own for free, and applying for a
scholarship should always be free.
Don't use the shotgun approach . Remember
that all organizations that award scholarships have
different selection criteria. This means that the same
application won't work for all of them.
Don't forget to answer the question in your
essay . There's a reason why the scholarship
organizations provide the essay questions. They want to
know your answer. An essay can be very well written, but if
it doesn't answer the question asked, then it's not going
Don't wait until the last minute . You may
think that you do your best work on the day before the
deadline at 3 a.m. , but if you review your work you'll
probably see that you don't. Take the pressure off, and
allow yourself more time to complete an application.
Don't turn in an application that is
incomplete . Scholarship organizations receive far
more applicants than they can support. Don't give them a
reason to take you out of the running for not having a
Don't think that it's impossible for you to
win . Every student who has won a scholarship has
thought this. And guess what? They won, and you can, too!
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