External Scholarship Listing
Scholarship Search Tips
External Scholarship Listing
Please allow us to congratulate you on taking the next step in the financial aid process, after completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Considering the above, we have the following scholarship search tips that may help increase your chances of earning scholarships, grants and other gift aid!
- Start searching for scholarships early!
"The early bird gets the worm" rings true when it comes to scholarships, grants and other gift aid! Many opportunities are widely advertised and it is likely other students like you are looking for the same ones. It is also very likely that applications are reviewed on a first-come, first served basis.
- Use a free scholarship search service, such as fast web.
Fastweb specializes in finding scholarships for students based on each student's profile. Fastweb asks for basic information about you and will match your profile to the opportunities in their database. Then, the company will send the matches to you via e-mail. (more examples, scholarships.com, collegeboard-big future.org, etc).
- Focus on local opportunities, first!
Most students search for scholarships using the internet, using similar and generic search terms chosen by others leading to the same results. Focusing on local opportunities is a good strategy since these are not widely advertised and have fewer applicants. Your chances of earning these are greater as a result. (examples: city/county governments, state higher education agency, high school guidance, community foundations, chambers of commerce, places of worship you attend, local businesses, etc).
- Apply for as many legitimate opportunities for which you
may be eligible.
Earning scholarships is a numbers game. Your chances of seizing opportunities can depend mostly on how many for which you apply (according to the rules of each). According to student scholarship search.com, statistics indicate that students earn 1 scholarship for every 10 for which they apply, which took reading over 100 opportunities to find. Please keep this in mind when developing your realistic search schedule.
- Take essay requirements seriously.
If any scholarships for which you will apply require an essay, be sure to read the requirements carefully, create an outline of the essay's basic parts (intro, body, conclusion, etc.) Accordingly, possibly record yourself dictating your responses and use the recording to assist with your draft. Consider your audience for the scholarship when writing. Use a spell-checker! Ask someone whom you trust to read over your essays and consider any recommendations. (gocollege.com/essay tips)
- Create your own scholarship resume and submit with each
Who you are as a person is much more than the answers to very limited questions found on most scholarship applications. However, these answers will form the only image of you organizations will have with which to make a decision. On the other hand, a brief, concise, well-written resume, tailored to the grantor's mission (i.e. Increase math competency among youth) could make 'a world of difference'. Here is a link to go college.com that may help.
- Prioritize your application efforts.
Organize all of your scholarship findings based on your actual chances of earning each. Then, proceed to apply for the ones with the highest priority, first (i.e. State grants, other local opportunities).
- Keep a copy of each application, essay and resume you complete and submit.
- Search continuously throughout your undergraduate,
graduate or professional studies.
Failure in most undertakings can form the foundation for future successes! Statistics show that scholarship applicants will receive more denial decisions than acceptance concerning their application efforts. Don't give up!
- Consult instructors after class to learn how they helped to finance their way through school, using scholarships.
- Consult with fraternal and sororital organizations (if applicable).
- Ask current graduates in your field for tips.
- *Develop a high value for scholarship search in a manner similar to that which you would for your academic studies and professional pursuits!