Scholarship Applications

Written by Tara Peris
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Completing scholarship applications can be a relatively easy process if you employ the right approach. After all, if you can get through a mountain of college applications, applying for aid should be a walk in the park. The trick is to start early and to stay organized.

To be sure, one of the most challenging aspects of applying for college scholarships is keeping track of all of the details. From differing deadlines to unique essays and application requests, every scholarship program will require something slightly different of you. You must possess the organizational skills to stay on top of things. If you try to send one generic set of materials to all of your sites, you will save yourself time, but lose a lot of scholarship money.

Start Early, Apply Often

It is imperative that you start looking for scholarship programs as early as possible. This allows you ample time to write the necessary essays and to supply requested materials. It also allows you time to apply for multiple programs. Keep in mind that the more programs you apply to, the more likely you will be to find a good match.

As with college applications, you should plan on mailing your materials well before the actual deadline. Keep a duplicate copy of your application and encourage references to be prompt with their recommendations. Find a way to confirm receipt of your materials and be sure to thank each person who helped with your application in writing.

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