1. Check locally. Take a look around for yourself and you’re more than likely to find some very
good scholarships. Your community is one of the biggest sources of scholarships. Local
businesses, service organizations, city governments, and even politicians often offer scholarships
2. Choose quality over quantity. Unless you’d like to make applying to scholarships a fulltime job,
you’ll need to learn how to prioritize what scholarships you’d rather apply for. Instead of
applying to as many scholarships as you can, apply to the ones that best fit you.
3. Know the purpose of the scholarship. Each scholarship has a certain reason for its existence. Use
this information to guide how to write your scholarship application. For example, if you’re
applying to a scholarship that is based on volunteer work, focus on how you have served your
community rather than your other achievements.
4. Follow the directions. There’s thousands of dollars at stake. Read every question and include all
the information it’s asking you for. Read over your application at least twice.
5. Write an essay that demonstrates why you should win. This gives your scholarship judges a
sense of who you are and what’s important to you. Make a case for why you deserve to win.
Think about what skills and qualities the judges seek and then describe how you match them.
6. Get feedback. Friends, teachers, and parents make great editors. Make them read over your
essay to make sure there are no errors or anything you may have left out.
7. Proofread. Again, no matter how strong of an applicant you are, it would be difficult for a
scholarship judge to overlook basic level errors.
8. Ask your parents for help. Mom and Dad are capable of doing a lot more than write the check
for your tuition. They can help you find scholarships, keep track of when deadlines are, and give
you good feedback on your applications and essays.
9. Brag a little about yourself. You know you better than anyone else. Let yourself shine through in
10. Don’t sweat the little things. So what if you didn’t get a scholarship you applied for? There’s
always thousands of others to take its place. Don’t worry about it. You’re doing great.
By: Taylor Hood