Scholarship Applications

Written by Rylee Newton
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If you want to receive a college scholarship, you need to blow away the competition with your scholarship application submission. There are several things you can do to make your application stand out amongst the piles of submissions. One of the best ways to find out the winning formula for any scholarship submission is to seek out advice from previous winners. Most people know at least one person who has won a college scholarship. If you don't know someone who recently won a scholarship, ask your friends, family, and anyone in your extended network for names and contact information.

Another way to improve your scholarship application is to write an original essay. A compelling and passionate essay can push you over the edge, and get you the scholarship you so richly deserve. It's important to use active phrases, and write clearly about your goals and plans for the future.

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It seems like such a simple thing, but be sure to take notice of the submission deadline. Many students lose out on financial aid because they didn't send in the forms on time. If you want to make a lasting impression on admissions officials and scholarship committees, it's a good idea to have your application forms in well ahead of the deadline.

Career counselors often advise students to make several copies of application forms. This helps to cut down on errors, and helps to ensure that you send a clean copy of your final application. In addition, you must proofread your forms, and any written content, for errors. It's a good idea to have someone other than a friend or family member review your submission materials before you send them. Many students send their applications via certified mail or registered mail to ensure successful delivery.

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